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And out of the red, out of her head she sang...
15 May 2009 @ 04:11 pm

The Blurb:
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

The Prizes:
  1. One signed ARC of SHIVER
  2. Four signed copies of LAMENT
  3. And for each of the friends that you got to comment, Maggie will critique the first 5 pages of any of their manuscripts!

The Rules:
  1. Link to the pre-order page (see below)
  2. Post these rules on your blog and let them know who sent you (Team AM! And YOUR friends will say YOU and it's like an awesome pyramid scheme where there's no scheme and everyone wins!)
  3. Leave a comment on Maggie's entry here. If the click doesn't work, cut and paste from here: Let her know I sent you. ;)
  4. If any one person gets 50 friends to post, Maggie will make it THREE copies of SHIVER and EIGHT copies of LAMENT! Plus that awesome part about the first 5 page critiques.
  5. You must get at least five friends (THAT'S YOU!) to post this on their blogs to be entered.
  6. Contest runs from May 8-15 at 8PM EST.

And out of the red, out of her head she sang...
11 May 2009 @ 08:15 pm
I'm not leaving LJ or anything, but I registered a DW account when I noticed that a few people were starting to post more there than here, and I didn't want to be out of the loop. Also, it does seem to be a well-designed site - I'm going to experiment with their cross-posting doohickey. However, I don't plan on disabling commenting here; I suspect most people will still comment on the LJ version of a post anyway.

I'm pandorasblog there too - wanted to change names, but I kind of like the continuity of having one name in fandom, and more importantly, it's less hassle when it comes to people finding each other on different journalling systems.

So... who are you?
And out of the red, out of her head she sang...
- my tear duct (and, consequently,)
- that little triangle of flesh at the nose-ward corner of my eye
- my lower set of eyelashes (result of trying to 'draw into the lash line rather than above it')
- my eyelid (as in, 'curving up and across', not along the bottom edge like I meant to)
- my eyeball (don't worry, I didn't poke the eyeball with the brush; I put it on that line above the lower set of lashes, but it smudged when I blinked)
- my hand
- where it's supposed to be 

I don't look like these people, so am going out without any eyeliner at all, as it seems safer. Does this happen to other people (I had trouble with pencils, too) or am I just cursed, eyeliner-wise? 

And out of the red, out of her head she sang...
20 January 2009 @ 05:45 pm

And out of the red, out of her head she sang...
18 November 2008 @ 01:02 pm
I'd misunderstood the LJ mail and thought it was going off now, but turns out it'll be 8.00am Pacific, not Eastern time, which means 4pm GMT rather than 1pm. And since it's 1pm now and I have a bitch of a computer crisis and need advice, that is a very, very good thing.

In which moving from a PC to a Mac turns out to involve high drama in every respect so far discovered. And I haven't even investigated the internet part yet...Collapse )
And out of the red, out of her head she sang...
11 November 2008 @ 11:28 am

Kurt Vonnegut's books have great titles, like Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse Five. If your life was a novel, what would the title be?

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The Day The Book Stacks Collapsed!
And out of the red, out of her head she sang...
But after this I'm getting offline. Somehow still being online at six raises the chances of still being here at 8.30, and being knackered. Anyway, as I was saying:

OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! WANTWANTWANTWANTWANT!  I just about died reading this. Not only is here is a guy writing horror stories set in Northern Ireland, they're vampire books. And this is all just so encouraging considering that what I am writing is suspense/horror which is locally set and which very much relies on that sense of place...


See, I've come to the conclusion that there is a rich vein of good horror fiction in this place that is only just beginning to be tapped. (I can't apologise enough for using the kind of cliche beloved of the mainstream media when discussing the genre; I'm just tired enough that no other phrasing springs to mind.) I began to realise this when I heard about Battle of the Bone - and let me tell you, I wish I'd heard about it soon enough to participate in the shoot when they were looking for extras.

Battle of the Bone
(released on DVD today), a movie in which rival sectarian factions come together to kick zombie ass, came about because director George Clarke was advised that he wouldn't get funding unless the film involved the Troubles. I love the subversiveness of his riposte; the fact that it's a chance to mock both genre and local cliches, and the fact that this is a local film made by local people (that cliche was intentional, and there will be more LoG-ness later) rather than opportunistic use of Troubles-related stuff by film-makers from elsewhere who don't necessarily understand what they're playing with.

So, what was I saying about horror and Northern Ireland? Well, I've got a theory. The present generation of up-and-coming film-makers, novelists and other creators grew up during the Troubles and absorbed mordant humour, a sense of the fragility of life, and a polarisation of "good" and "evil" (which of course varied according to one's perspective) as prime influences. All those things can play into an appreciation of, and desire to play around with, the horror genre.

Historically, horror has been a genre which waned during major conflicts and prospered during peacetime; other people have written much more incisively than I could about why that's the case (this being but a humble fannish blog from one who hopes to turn pro), but it strikes me that there is a small but growing movement of people here who are synthesising both their heritage and the conventions of the genre to produce something distinctive, and an audience ready to appreciate these works. I'd happily count myself among the passengers/drivers of either bandwagon.

You might be interested in the website of Yellow Fever Productions, the people behind Battle of the Bone. The one caveat is that there are some flashing images in the site intro.

In other incoherence-inducingly exciting news, the Radio Times informs me that new TV goodness from members of the League of Gentlemen will soon be upon us. Psychoville (with a cast including many interesting people, of whom Dawn French particularly pleases me) began shooting recently, and - oh my stars and garters! - Mark Gatiss's Crooked House will be shown over Christmas, and is a portmeanteau horror featuring stories in the M.R. James mould. It will be on BBC4, appropriately enough, since the channel has already featured new James adaptations and last year repeated the very popular old ones during the Christmas period. As if many of you were not quivering with delight already, the cast will include Derren Brown in his first acting role.

*listens to thuds as everywhere, fangirls fall off their chairs raving that the Tivo must be set with the utmost care, etc. etc.*

I thought you'd be pleased.