Over on Speculative Chic, I talk about my newly released novella The Rampant, how research informed the creation of the story and the macabre food web I designed in order to make the underground flesh-and-caterpillar field make sense.
So where do all good stories start? In my case it’s often that fingers-half-covering-eyes thrill of something macabre or erotic or strange playing out on my mental stage. If I’m lucky such a moment (or feeling) triggers one of my obsessive neural pathways and then, well, I’m off, racing down the rabbit hole.
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Amazing. Incredible. The perfect piece of art. Tiffany Bozic’s “Fawn” is not only a fantastic painting, it’s also the perfect complement to my first-and-I-can’t-believe-it’s-really-happening collection Uncommon Miracles. The ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of the book is off to the printers and will soon be on its way to reviewers. The book itself (ebook and hardcover) should be released in August. Despite typing the words, it still feels like it’s happening to some other Julie in some parallel universe and concerns stories I haven’t actually read (yet). I wish that Julie could share her imagined worlds with me… Meanwhile some of … Read more Read more
This year I attended WisCon 42 in Madison Wisconsin and crossed paths with some dear writing friends both from my virtual critique group PAWS (the Post-Apocalyptic Writing Society) and from workshops and courses I’ve taken over the last ten years. There are so many amazing people in genre and WisCon seems to draw nearly all of them into its vortex. Feminism and social justice. Explorations of gender, race, and class. WisCon’s focus includes my favorite themes–well, besides death, pain, and alienation–all wrapped up in a mesmerizing genre bow. One of my personal standout moments was reading a horror piece to … Read more Read more