Book Review, Uncategorized

#AmReading: Review of Michael Cisco’s THE DIVINITY STUDENT

Here's my review for THE DIVINITY STUDENT, our October group read in the Weird Fiction Group on Goodreads! I didn't mention all the little things I liked about this book, but this is a kind of overview. It's a magical realist, Gothic fantastic book about (as far as I can tell) words - spoken, written,… Continue reading #AmReading: Review of Michael Cisco’s THE DIVINITY STUDENT

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amwriting, The Crows

The Crows: Teaser

Extract from Chapter 3 of The Crows, introducing RICKY PORTER and his lovely childhood toy, GERALD. CW: mild gore, horror, strong language, Gothic vibes FEATURED IMAGE: A detail from Thomas Brown's original illustration for The Crows 18 April   It had been a bloody awful day. His farsight was on the wane, as it usually was… Continue reading The Crows: Teaser

amwriting, genre

Goth is [not] Dead: What is Gothic Weird Fiction?

One sub-species that got left out of my GOTH IS [NOT] DEAD series is my own favourite mash-up genre, Gothic Weird. You can find my (not comprehensive) list of Gothic sub-genres here. Weird Fiction was, as far as Lovecraft was concerned, pioneered by Edgar Allan Poe, and is a term that is used to describe… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: What is Gothic Weird Fiction?

amwriting, genre, world building

Pagham-on-Sea: How To Spot A Sex Demon

In the binary days of yore, they were known as succubi/incubi by human demonologists, denoting female/male respectively, but in fact sex demons can be whatever you want them to be, and don't personally identify as either. Most of the succubus and incubus attacks in one area are perpetrated by the same demon, and they don't… Continue reading Pagham-on-Sea: How To Spot A Sex Demon

amwriting, genre, Pagham-verse, The Crows, Writing Prompt, writing tips

Overheard in Pagham-on-Sea

There is now a dedicated Twitter account, @OverheardPoS, for all those random things you might overhear around town, plus scraps of related prose. I'm using the prompts from #vss365 (vss is the abbreviation for very short story); #ConverStory (no dialogue tags, dialogue only, so perfect for 'overheard' snippets); #BraveWrite, #HorrorPrompt and occasionally some others like… Continue reading Overheard in Pagham-on-Sea