If horror movies have taught us anything, it’s that disembodied children’s voices singing nursery rhymes never portend anything good. It’s no wonder, then, that people in Ipswich, Suffolk (UK) were unsettled, to say the least, to hear exactly that. For months, apparently, residents were tormented by the ghostly-sounding voice of a child singing “It’s Raining, […]
The vampire’s day has come and gone in western popular culture — several times. We’ve had evil vampires, scary vampires, misunderstood ones, emo ones, sexy ones, and, *sigh*, sparkly ones. I’m done for now, unless someone can come up with a new take on the idea. Or perhaps an old, forgotten take. According to Ethnologist […]
When many people think of Edinburgh, they think of the castle, high on its black volcanic base, or the lively shopping district of Princes Street. Holyrood Palace may come to mind, or the cobblestone-paved Royal mile. Some might envision the winding Grassmarket passage, which inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, or even the Elephant House, the […]
Every culture has its ghost stories, and some of the most interesting ones come from far-flung places that many of us never get to visit.
A lot of us think that recycling is a modern conceit — something that arose as a reaction to the produce/consume/discard culture, whose toll on the earth is evident everywhere we turn. But “mend and make do” has been around a lot longer than “it’s cheaper to just buy a new one.” But even if […]
A little bit late announcing these, but I’m thrilled to be involved in two exciting new projects, with two fabulous — and fabulously different — groups of people. First, I’m working with Blind Eye Books on a new short story series set in 19th century Britain. The series follows Constable Simon Pearce as he solves strange […]
Elm Books is pleased to announce that we now have a lineup for our new anthology, Death by Cupcake. This exciting collection of cozy mystery short stories will feature quite a few new faces, along with some of your Elm Books favorites like Gay Kinman and Mark Hague. Production to start soon, so be on the lookout […]