And here we are in September – and what a strange summer it’s been (also double impeachments on the horizon, maybe, so yay!)
While I’m up to a great many projects (so! many!) that are still bubbling and can’t be announced yet, I still managed to get some things out into the world!
Over on the Fox Spirit Books blog I’ve got a couple of listicle posts as part of their celebration of Tens:
Check out 10 Archaeologists to Dig for cool lady archaeologists and, my favourite thing, 10 Lost City Breaks for the ultimate travel guide to legendary cities. I also put together the Fox Spirit Summer Sampler (which I can’t now find a download link for, but it was fab, of course!)
In other news, I’m a juror for the BFS Awards Best Magazine/Periodical category this year and we’ve just delivered our verdict to the boss – the awards will be announced in full at the BFS Awards ceremony at Fantasycon in Glasgow 18th – 20th October. All I’ll say is that it was fun to catch up on old favourites and discover new to me things…
Oh! And! Much excite! My story in the Alchemy Press Book of Horrors – ‘Down Along the Backroads’ – made the Honourable Mentions list in Ellen Datlow’s just released The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven. This is the first time I’ve ever been in such a thing so happy dancing all round. Ellen! Datlow! Y’all!
Like most of the country, I am currently in shock at the existence of weather. (Snoooooooooow!) But never mind that, update time!
In February I managed guest posts in two (2! Count ’em!) places:
As part of the Fox Spirit Books celebration of Women in Horror Month I did a post about short horror fiction and the women who write it. Go check out my post Short Fiction Queens or visit the round up post to see the full range of fab Foxy women in horror posts.
Not only! But also! The splendiferous Mark West has compiled another Mixtape blog, this time on short Stephen King fiction. I did a short thing on ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption’ and you can read it, and the rest of the picks, over on the Mixtape here!
And I am thrilled to announce I’ll be having a story published in the upcoming Alchemy Press Book of Horrors. My story ‘Down Along the Backroads’ is a bit of a weird post-apoc multi-world thing where new visitors to town stir up things best left unstirred. There’s a lovely bunch of horror folks joining me in the table of contents (see the full list here!) so look out for that around September time.
I may have written a couple of non-fiction books. I blame the mother ship entirely.
Thus – coming later in the year will be a couple of short taster guides for card divination! Let’s Try Tarot, co-written with Patricia Barber, will give the quick and easy way to try out tarot reading. Its companion volume, Let’s Try Cartomancy, covers quick and easy playing card divination. More news on those to follow!
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Proving that you don’t need to be at a convention to be inspired by it, you’ll find me talking about the wonderful world of SFF online fiction over at the Fox Spirit Books blog. Yes, there are lists. Because how could there not. And links aplenty! Hop on over!
This morning I’m delighted to be part of Mark West’s latest short fic mixtape – it being Women in Horror month, the theme is, quite naturally, Women in Horror. My personal pick is for one of the many excellent stories in Tananarive Due‘s Ghost Summer: Stories collection, which is a book I enthusiastically recommend you all go out and buy, just because! But the particular story I’ve picked is also available online at m’beloved Lightspeed so you can pop over to read the Mixtape then link through to read the story! (Is that a deal or what?)
Elsewhere across the interwebs, the gloriousness that is the Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse has resurrected from its shallow grave to fight the good fight once more, so you’ll find me and many others popping up there with info, meta and all manner of oddness. Thus far we’ve covered survival rations and stocking your pantry, the art of protest signs, humour as an essential survival tool, how to date an egomaniacal dictator and my own contribution – a vaguely Resident Evil inspired ramble on Beware the Monsters.
Up today on the very lovely Mark West’s site, is the American Horror Mixtape – in which a selection of fine and funky folks pontificate on their favourite horror shorts from US-ian and Canadian authors. My pick is a classic Stephen King thing – ‘Mrs Todd’s Shortcut’ from Skeleton Crew. Not that it was easy to pick just the one King short, mind, but ‘Mrs Todd’s Shortcut’ is a particular favourite.
Not only, but also! A couple of months back our man West hosted The Brit Horror Mixtape – in which a bunch of us babbled about our favourite horror shorts from Brit authors. Another tough pick, that, but Sarah Pinborough’s ‘Do You See?’ won out as my contribution.
Pop over to see who picked what else, and stand by for future mixtapes!
As you can see from the lovely picture, I’ve got my contributor copies of the latest Fox Spirit goodness! (Fab foxy mug not included!)
So, published in December 2015 in the very cool Fox Pockets Vol. 6: Things in the Dark, was my flash fic ‘In Darkness Dreaming’ – with a trainee mermaid-pirate, monsters of the deep and underwater ruins. Three of my favourite things!
Then in February 2016, in the very fabulous Fox Pockets Vol. 7: In An Unknown Country, ‘The Strongest Conjuration’ was published. This one’s a tale of a haunted city, portal hopping refugees, with the odd mermaid-pirate for good measure. Because, of course there is. 😉
And coming up next Tuesday will be Fox Pockets Vol.8: Piercing the Vale, with my story ‘Dead Women’s Tales’ – this one continues with the refugees in the haunted city and gives voice to the restless dead. (The mermaid-pirates are having the night off!)
In other news! This week I was the guest blogger on Sarah Ash’s Nobody Knew She Was There blog series – check out Get Shorty for babbling about short fiction and lisssssssts, precious! So many lists! And don’t forget to peruse the rest of the blogs in the series as there’s been some awesome genre gals talking all manner of intriguing things.
Climbing slowly out of the mire… mostly due to this current and last OU module being the most challenging I’ve done yet so occupying alllll of my brain since October. Fortunately I’ve only got two more assignments left then the course is done, the degree is done, et voila a happy dancing Jen.
Meanwhile, fings wot have happened so far this year –
I had a review of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower up on the fabulous King for a Year project site thing. As King is one of my go to genre comfort reads, I was dead chuffed to be involved. They’re doing King books all through the year so go check them out here!
In January I was also a Friday Fiver over at Pornokitsch talking about my five favourite wicked women in comics. Theme not uncoincidentally tieing in with our fabulous Wicked Women anthology. 😉 (Wicked Women and Urban Mythic #2 and the stories within are eligible for alll the awards… hint hint nudge nudge… Or just buy yourself a copy or two! Each book comes with awesome stories and bonus epic love from the editors… Who can resist a deal like that?)
And on the Fox Spirit front, at some point this year I’ve shorts coming out in Fox Pockets Volumes 6, 7 & 8….’In Darkness Dreaming’ in Fox Pockets Vol. 6: Things in the Dark, ‘The Strongest Conjuration’ in Fox Pockets Vol. 7: In an Unknown Country and ‘ Dead Women’s Tales’ in Fox Pockets Vol. 8: Piercing the Vale. (Give or take publication schedules…) All three stories are set in the same world and roughly connected both to each other, and to my stories in the earlier Piracy and Shapeshifters Fox Pockets – with the mermaid pirates from Piracy dropping by in two and the fox shifter from Shapeshifters turning up also in two. With bonus ghost towns, underwater ruins, sea monsters and genderfluid parenting…
Oh! And! Eastercon! I’ll be mooching around there this year. I’ll also be around the fabulous Nine Worlds Geekfest and Fantasycon (the original UK one, not that rampant pretender that’s emerged in the States ;-)….) So say hello if you see me! x
Oh! And! Also! If you tumblr, I’m on tumblr here if you’re so inclined. It’s where I indulge my fannish tendencies so that’s what you’ll be getting there… 😛
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And today I’ve got a guest blog up on the Fox Spirit Books site to celebrate the launch of the very fabulous Piracy. (Yarrrrgh!)
It’s subtly entitled – When Temples Attack! and lets me gloriously indulge in my love of pseudo-archaeology and archaeology-adventure tropes in films and other media. (Though this has nothing whatsoever to do with m’story in Piracy, but our Feral Leader did say we could do any subject we wanted!)
So, yes, I have reviewed. Film reviewed, to be precise. (A first!)
In honour of Halloween (yes, I know, that was two days ago. I’ve been essaying for the OU, time does funny things…) Geraldine Clark Hellery, m’fellow fab Apocalypse Girl, has been doing a 30 Days of Horror on her blog.
So here would be my review of Ghost Ship (and don’t forget to check out the other 30 Days posts!)
And as bonus content, here would be the infamous opening scene:
And here would be my favourite scene in all the live You-Tubey flesh: (It is slightly spoilerific if you haven’t seen the film, but I love the music in it!)
So, for those of you following the Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse blog, shift your bookmarks over as we’ve moved to a spanky new wordpress site at – www.ggsapocalypse.co.uk
Not only that… but we’ve now got a proper Facebook page you can like, and two (yes, two!) twitter feeds at @apocalypsegirls and @apocalypselotti.
So whatever your apocalypse needs, we have them covered! 🙂