Women in Horror Month 2019


Just released! The Sirens Call e-zine in honour of Women in Horror Month. It is packed with stories, poetry, flash, drabbles and art. It is FREE.

My story ‘Dad’s Ghost’ is in there, so please do have a good old look. Thank You.


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Twelve Days


I have finally got my hands on this lovely book. It’s called ‘Twelve days’ and was released by new publishers, ‘The Patchwork Raven’. Each story in it is linked to the twelve days of Christmas song. OK !  I know I’m late, but I’ve just seen this book and you can read it any time of the year! It’s not just Xmas exclusive! I have a story in it called ‘The Coterie of Magic’.


The art book. 

Each story has it’s its own art work, which was available to buy separately.


I love magic, love it, especially the close up, sleight of hand stuff. That wonder that comes from seeing something happen right before your eyes and no matter how close you look you don’t know how it’s done is terrific. I saw Barry and Stuart at the Edinburgh Fringe a few years ago perform their show. They made a Rubik cube disappear right in front of me, while twirling it! Not that impressive you think, not like making the Statue of Liberty disappear, but this was better, close up magic at its best. My story is, I hope, a funny look at this and at a women’s roll in magic and the lack of female magicians. We need more!


The paperback is available here. We all need a little magic at the moment.

Credit to the internet for the fab pic above.


Telly Rant


I had a rant last night, shouting at the telly, the cat and my partner who usually just agrees with me when I go on and on about a particular subject. We had just begun to watch ‘Stalkers’ and I lasted about ten minutes before I actually thought my brain would explode.


I can hear you saying, ‘The programme was called ‘Stalkers‘ what do you expect to see? Turn the channel over, press stop, avert your eyes.’ Usually I agree, but prior to this I had watched three different programmes, we save them them up to watch in one go (thank you sky+) and in every one we saw women being attacked verbally and physically. All of these shows are written by men, and I won’t name them, I don’t feel like being trolled this week.

One of these programmes has a HUGE following, yet every woman in it seems to have become unhinged or the subject of a rape fantasy. Another had fantastic female characters, and some bloody good male ones, yet every woman has been judged about her sexual behaviour and just took it, no ‘F*** You’ or even a ‘Mind your own business’! It annoyed me but I persevered and carried on watching.

Then ‘Stalkers’ came along and boom! A lone female was doused with petrol etc etc, you can guess the rest, BUT her stalker was a maniac in a mask and hoody with the ‘Jason’ head tilt. Utter sensationalist shit! It was horror, not something to be marketed along with crime programmes AND the main protagonist, a detective I think (by now I was almost blind with rage!) almost had her bosoms out of her blouse, it was opened so low. ‘Thats her choice’ I hear you cry. Sorry, that’s an actor being told to be ‘sexy’, something I’m sure a lot of policewomen think about as they deal with disturbing cases each shift.

My main gripe is that it’s just too easy. “Insert horrible ‘rape/slaughter’ here”.The woman being set alight wasn’t the usual prostitute,secretary or mother, she was just someone driving home yet, she still suffered! It was sensationalism, bad writing passing for realism, titillation for a certain  type of viewer. I wonder if the writer has actually spoken to anyone who has been stalked? It would be interesting to know.

Anyway, I’ll try watching these programmes again next week in the hope they get better, not ‘Stalkers’ though I’m afraid.