RUSTLINGS FROM THE UNDERGROWTH

Speculations on Speculative Fiction.

March 23, 2020

Welcome to the first week of Spring. It doesn’t much feel like it, what with the great mounds of blackened winter-grungy snow still to melt, and the COVID-19 state of emergency in our province. Everything is g...

February 25, 2019

I’m desperate for spring to come. Winter started early this year, and it’ll be some time yet before it ends. The snow came in November and stayed. We have had record snow falls here (over 250 cm/98 inches to d...

October 31, 2018

I've just realized it’s Hallowe’en already, and I haven’t posted since May. This post will be mostly in the order of a quick update (with the usual rambling) as life has been very busy.

Aside: A member of one o...

May 30, 2018

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on shortlists over the years, so let’s talk about it – while we wait and wait and wait . . .

What is a shortlist? Work has been shortlisted when you have submitted something to a...

January 24, 2018

Welcome to today’s blog topic: Fish! And inspiration.

Fin-spiration:

Why fish you ask? What do fish have to do with dark speculative fiction?  Consider such dark and watery masterpieces as Moby-Dick, or The Wha...

December 16, 2016

Just in time for the winter Solstice! Today’s post is not very long, just like the days right now, but it is in keeping with the spirit of the season. Here is a set of haiku, written for the annual potluck din...

August 7, 2016

I’m thrilled to announce that “Ursa Major” has just been published in Rampant Loon Media’s Stupefying Stories 1.15 (August 2016) . “Ursa Major” is my black humour novelette (or very long short story, if you pr...

April 8, 2016

Just when you feel particularly happy with your own originality and creativity, you walk smack into the realization that your work might not be as unique as you hoped -at least I did. Before you hang your head...