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LexiCon

Our national science fiction and fantasy convention was held last weekend in Taupō. Here is my list of convention highlights: A road trip! Bags crammed to the roof. A stop off at the licorice shoppe. Free samples. A room of her own overlooking the lake. An exciting book project idea, percolating. Writers meet ups in the bar. A 100 year old church purchase ‒ not mine, but still a highlight. Jean Gilbert hearing me say ‘deaf’ delegate instead of ‘DUFF’ delegate and immediately switching to American Sign Language, flummoxing poor Paul Weimer. Horror queen Kaaron Warren gets the giggles. Ninety...

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The Medusa Gambit – a review

  A friend recommended this book to me, and although my tbr list looks like a certain structure in Pisa, his recommendations have been spot on before. “It’s relatively short. Maybe 200 pages. A kind of fantasy,” he said. Well, I’ve been known to read a bit of fantasy and Rowan Casey’s The Medusa Gambit is all that. A fairy tale frolic for grown-ups, it’s populated with all the usual denizens: knights, giants, sirens, manticores, and curmudgeonly landlords, all thrown together in a wickedly fast madcap quest with more stakes than a garden centre. And while there’s no glass slipper,...

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Garden of Fiends – A Review

I’ll admit to being sold on this book the moment I saw the line-up, which includes some long-time favourites of mine: Kealan Patrick Burke, Jack Ketchum, and John FD Taff, along with some talented new-to-me writers. And when horror writers of this calibre come together to tackle a subject known to reduce people to the basest rung of the human condition, all my senses pinged. But I had other things to do, work things, so when the book arrived on my desk, I resisted. I would not open it. Would not. I made it ‘til the end of the day....

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Workshops and What-Not

So, 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year and already I’m scheduled to appear at a range of events, from professional conferences to regular after school events for emerging writers. StokerCon First up, this year is The Horror Writers Association’s StokerCon Conference from April 27-30, to be held on the iconic Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. For more information about the event the website is here. On Friday from 12 – 12.30 (lunchtime) I’ve been allocated Reading Slot with professor-writer, Delphine Boswell. We’ve not met, but I understand Delphine writes dark fiction, mystery and also memoir, so...