An Alebrije

[mybooktable book=”the-beautiful-ones” display=”summary” buybutton_shadowbox=”false”] Mexico. There is a creature in Mexico, a type of folkloric craft, called an alebrije. It refers to a mixture of things. The head of a bull, the body of a fish, the wings of a dove. Or a turkey that has grown goat horns. A horse which is half a …

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Lives in Inked Panels

This is the last in a series of blog posts before the release of Certain Dark Things. I’ll be discussing Mexican films, the barrios of Mexico City, and the folklore which inspired the novel. [mybooktable book=”3965″ display=”summary” buybutton_shadowbox=”false”] My grandfather was a painter. Not the kind who exhibits in galleries. He painted billboards. That is, …

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Build-A-Vampire

This is the third in a series of blog posts before the release of Certain Dark Things. I’ll be discussing Mexican films, the barrios of Mexico City, and the folklore which inspired the novel. [mybooktable book=”3965″ display=”summary” buybutton_shadowbox=”false”] Naming something establishes boundaries. When you say “bird,” most of us picture an animal that looks like …

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Copper Cylinder

Signal to Noise won a Copper Cylinder Award in the Adult category.  The winner of the 2016 Young Adult Award was An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet. The Copper Cylinder is an annual award for Canadian literature of the fantastic, selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society. It derives its name from what …

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El Vampiro

This is the second in a series of blog posts, published each Monday until the release of Certain Dark Things. I’ll be discussing Mexican films, the barrios of Mexico City, and the folklore which inspired the novel. [mybooktable book=”3965″ display=”summary” buybutton_shadowbox=”false”] Certain Dark Things is dedicated to Germán Robles. This actor, best known for his …

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Editing Nightmare

I was guest editor at Nightmare this October, for the issue titled POC Destroy Horror, now on sale. I was tasked with selecting four original stories, Tananarive Due worked on reprints and Maurice Broaddus edited non-fiction. Some 250 stories arrived in the slush. I read all of them and tried to reply as promptly as …

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Vampire Noir

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Savage Everything

Last month, close to Canadian Thanksgiving which people in the US call Columbus Day, I read some stories about people who wanted to change the name of the holiday from Columbus Day to something else. A few days later I read about insensitive Halloween costumes, including “Native American” ones. And, coincidentally, around that time I …

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Vampires and more

Quick reminder: She Walks in Shadows, the first all-woman Lovecrafty antho is on pre-sale in print and also for the Kindle and Smashwords. So some of you already know this but a few weeks ago Thomas Dunne Books bought my next two books, two stand-alone titles: Young Blood and Proper People. Publishers Marketplace announced it …

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