As it is Women in Horror Month, I thought I might celebrate of my own dark fiction stories and provide a “behind the scenes look” at the folklore, legends and history that inspire my writing and a few live readings from some of my work.
February is Women in Horror Month! What began, and essentially still is, a movement to celebrate and highlight female creators in the horror genre. There has been a tradition of women writing horror long before Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein but female horror writers continue to remain in the shadows compared to their male counterparts.
There are many publishing events happening around the world this month. I am fortunate enough to to join an event hosted by Eerie River Publishing. There is a great schedule of Online events, blog interviews, story readings and more!
For me personally, there’ll be an upcoming author interview soon with Eerie River Publishing and I’m participating in a Live Author Chat and Q&A session on February 20th (21:00 GMT).
I’m delighted to announce the release on 31st December, 2020 of speculative fiction anthology Unnatural Order by CSFG. This is a fascinating collection of stories inspired by the monstrous, unnatural and the fantastic.
Featuring my own story “The Bargain”, a tale of Fae guardians and the bargains struck to assure the equilibrium between the nature, Fae and humanity. You can read more about my research for “The Bargain” here.
Are you interested in these tales of the fantastic and monstrous? More details purchasing ebook or paperback copies of Unnatural Order here.
This paranormal anthology features my short story “Hunting Shadows”, in an eternal battle between good and evil, a poltergeist makes an unlikely union with the demon-hunting hound seeking to banish a demon from Melbourne. You can read about my research for this story here.
This dark speculative fiction anthology on the theme of greed, a desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. Featuring my short story “A Handful of Dead Leaves”, the darker truth of leprechaun lore and dealings with the Fae. You can also learn about my research into leprechaun folklore here.
Tick Tock features 500 word flash fiction including my story “Second Chances” a desperate escape from World War II ravaged Europe into the Neolithic through a standing stone circle. You can read about writing “Second Chances” here.
Interested in purchasing an ebook or paperback of Tick Tock? More details here.
I attended Continuum15/NatCon 58 convention in Melbourne from June 7-10, 2019. The convention is an annual event for the Australian speculative fiction community. This was my first Continuum convention and I was looking forward to the many expert panels, workshops, Markets, the Maskbalao, Ditmar Awards, Shadows Awards & Norma K Hemming Awards.
Ticket pricing was very generous with special rates for First Time attendees and Friday evening. More information available here
I spoke on two panels:
Magical Medicine: The Physiology of Fantasy – Friday 7pm
What options does a twenty-foot dragon have for actually getting airborne? What ailments could trouble a angel? How would you handle a chimera with a cold, and just how *does* a centaur’s digestive system work?
June 7, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Illness in SFF – Saturday 10 am
Future sci fi seems to always have “Medical technology has wiped out disease” or “A plague is wiping out humanity”, why do we not hear about common ailments and the oddities of medical care in space and across multiple species?
June 8, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
There are also some wonderful workshops & talks by the guests of honour. Come join me in the audience!
Workshop: Writing Fight Scenes For Women – Sunday 10 am
June 9, 2019, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
Kate Elliott: Reading and Signing – Sunday 2 pm
Join Kate Elliott for a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing.
June 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Ken Liu: Reading and Signing – Sunday 3 pm
Join Ken Liu for a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing.
June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
On May 4 2019, I attended the 2018 Aurealis Awards in Melbourne, an annual awards ceremony for works published that year from members of the Australian speculative fiction community. This was my first Aurealis Awards and I was thrilled to be part of the iconic Australian Speculative Fiction Awards. My self-published Fantasy novel Bone Arrow was entered and really enjoyed meeting members of the Australian speculative fiction community, from the emerging writers and the more established among them.
The 2018 Award winners & Judges Comments here