Lovecraft’s Albion, and other Lunacies

In which a violent Turk slaughters some giants, and steals their land, at which point H P Lovecraft decides he likes the English, but doesn’t know what he’s talking about…

So, there was this guy called H P Lovecraft. He came from Providence in Massachusetts, New England, and at one time declared I am Massachusetts, but no one could spell that, so he changed it to I am Providence (OK, it was Rhode Island, but you can spell that, which was boring). And he wrote some rather interesting creepy stories which didn’t get that much attention at the time. Despite this, they were unusual enough to capture certain imaginations, and now we have a whole world of Lovecraftian wonders. Seems all right so far… Continue reading Lovecraft’s Albion, and other Lunacies

Share this article with friends - or enemies...

Fables and Disappearances: The Untethered Tales of Gwendolyn Kiste

Today, dear listener, we have loss and identity; clarity and hope; the core of writing, style, Angela Carter and some dark, magical stories. When we thought about interviewing author Gwendolyn Kiste, we realised we wanted to burrow behind her work a bit, so we went there.  Though we centre on her debut collection, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, we end up discussing, well, life, really. It’s an in-depth interview which we think you’ll enjoy.

SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Continue reading Fables and Disappearances: The Untethered Tales of Gwendolyn Kiste

Share this article with friends - or enemies...

Went Down to the Roadhouse, Met J Malcolm Stewart

Ever accidentally come across a collection of stories that hits the spot dead on? You don’t know the author and you’ve never glanced at any reviews. You have no expectations. Because sometimes the blues shivers our spines, we’d picked up J Malcolm Stewart’s The Last Words of Robert Johnson. Anything about that haunted bluesman seemed a good start. Very neat title story, yep, with a setting that interests us, the States in 1920s and 1930s. Eerie, historical and laced with potential and actual horror. High marks so far…

jmstewartblog

Continue reading Went Down to the Roadhouse, Met J Malcolm Stewart

Share this article with friends - or enemies...

Lovecraft for the Young, Strange Poetries & Job-Hunt Horror

Did you realise how much is happening in weird, horror and speculative fiction these days? It’s madness! So here’s a brief round-up of some books, a comic and campaigns. Folk horror poetics and photography in North from Phil Breach and Tim Turnbull; a neat Lovecraft comic for the younger folk written by Brandon Barrows; Letters of Decline, a short themed anthology on horror and the job interview, and the anthology Between Twilight and Dawn.

51u98yTJnhL

Continue reading Lovecraft for the Young, Strange Poetries & Job-Hunt Horror

Share this article with friends - or enemies...