Rowan Fortune reviews On The Shoulders of Otava

Rowan Fortune has very kindly reviewed not only On The Shoulders of Otava, but also my first novella Naming the Bones, drawing comparisons between the two which I found fascinating - it's always interesting as a writer to see the things readers glean from your work, and Rowan's review is very insightful: Of Naming the… Continue reading Rowan Fortune reviews On The Shoulders of Otava

“Sing Your Sadness Deep” and “The Pain-Eater’s Daughter” nominated for British Fantasy Awards

...this post is exactly what it says on the tin I suppose!! Surprised and overjoyed to see that my collection "Sing Your Sadness Deep" has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award in 'Best Collection'. And as a bonus, "The Pain-Eater's Daughter" is up for 'Best Short Story'. There are some truly wonderful works shortlisted… Continue reading “Sing Your Sadness Deep” and “The Pain-Eater’s Daughter” nominated for British Fantasy Awards

Sing Your Sadness Deep reviewed in Japan

As some of you may know I'm a huge fan of Japan, especially Japanese fiction, so it's especially exciting to know that my book (which is now a year old...!) is being read in Japan. The review over at Bookdog is in Japanese, and I'm excited to be able to understand most of it: どの短編にも、痛みや悲しみが描かれています。そのつらさを自分の一部として受け入れる主人公もいれば、耐え切れず、自分を見失う主人公や、自然を超えたなにかにすがる主人公もいる。確かにどの話もウィアード(人じゃないものもたくさん出てくる)なのですが、それでいて、とても人間的… Continue reading Sing Your Sadness Deep reviewed in Japan

Ptichka, read by Daniel Pietersen

Daniel Pietersen wonderfully reads my short story Ptichka as part of his ongoing series of readings. You can hear the reading over on SoundCloud, and read his accompanying commentary here. Of Ptichka, Daniel says: Ptichka, which means “little bird” in Russian, is not an easy story to read. It talks powerfully about the structural violence… Continue reading Ptichka, read by Daniel Pietersen

Microfiction: Strange Dreams Compilation pt. II

Part I can be viewed here. More compiled Twitter microfictions from the world of strange dreams.   1. When you arrive at last at the summit, you realise it is not a frozen lake at all, but an enormous looking-glass. You press your palm to its bright surface and it is warm, sunlit, smooth beneath… Continue reading Microfiction: Strange Dreams Compilation pt. II