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Submitting Your Work Part 3: Cover Letters

Cover letters are a curious creature. Editors generally pay scarce attention to them, certainly if they accompany a short story submission to a magazine, anthology or webzine. And yet they are nearly always a submission requirement. A sure way to put an editor’s nose out of joint is to post or email a submission with … Continue reading

The Eerie Tales of Lucy M. Boston: John Kenny talks to Robert Lloyd Parry

I’ve just interviewed Robert Lloyd Parry about the supernatural fiction of Lucy M. Boston, best known for her Green Knowe series of children’s novels. Robert wrote the introduction to Curfew & Other Eerie Tales, Swan River Press‘ collection of her supernatural tales. I’ll post the full interview on this site soon, but in the meantime, … Continue reading

Book Review: The Floating Order by Erin Pringle

The wonder of The Floating Order, a collection of short stories by Erin Pringle, is that it is impossible to pigeonhole. At their heart the stories have a darkly fantastic edge, but this aspect is more often than not a component of the character’s view of the outside world. Skewed perspectives dominate, particularly in the … Continue reading

In Praise of Old Age

There’s no question that getting old is a pain in the butt. You work hard all your life, you struggle for a level of security and relative comfort, which often seems constantly just out of reach, you do your best to provide for and nurture your kids, then bits of you start to fall off … Continue reading

Strange Epiphanies: John Kenny talks to Peter Bell

On foot of my review of Peter Bell’s new collection of supernatural tales, Strange Epiphanies, due out soon from Swan River Press, I’ve interviewed him about landscape as character, the genesis of the stories and the process of writing in general. I’ll post the full interview on this site soon, but in the meantime, check … Continue reading