I love fairy tales (surprise, I know). I don’t always love new interpretations, but sometimes they’re done so well, you just have to applaud. The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror is a superb collection of reworked fairy tales. Overall, it’s a short read, which is nice. These stories preserve the narrative structure we associate … More SJ Reads: The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
One of the things I love about fairy tales is that they’re general narratives, so a lot can be done with them. They’re easy to read into, easy to put yourself into. I hadn’t really thought a lot about the possibilities, though, until I was well into college. I was still at home and basic … More #TBT Influences: 10th Kingdom
Olde School came out of about a thousand different places. I grew up with folklore and a love of fairy tales that led to a desire to delve in and explore all the nooks and crannies of the stories I adored. There’s a specific type of humor there, though, a specific type of tangent and … More #TBT Influences: Labyrinth
Time once again to see what I’ve had in my TBR stacks! Because I can plow through graphic novels at an alarming rate, we’ll take another look at that stack today. The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins – I obviously picked this up because of the title because that is brilliant. Written about … More Reading with SJ: Graphic Novels part 3
I haven’t done a prose post in a while, so in honor of women in horror month, I thought I’d post something that not only is dark, but also features two iconic female leads. While I admit this is probably closer to dark fantasy, I think a lot of the same things that play well … More Prose: Bloodied Snow
2014 was definitely a mixed bag for me personally, but one thing that came out of it that I’m so proud of is Olde School. So I’m surprised and pleased to find it’s been put on the 2014 Preditor & Editor Reader’s Poll in two categories – Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Young Adult! Things like this may … More Olde School in Preditor&Editor Reader’s Poll!
I love the woods and have since I was little. There’s something about being enclosed by trees, being surrounded by green that just makes my cells thrum. I love having a leafy canopy above me, loving seeing nature in action as foliage blooms and rots away in the same ecosystem. There’s such a feeling of … More The Woods are Lovely, Dark, and Deep
One of the things people notice right away about Olde School is that the bulk of the characters are nonhuman. I’ve done panels on writing the “other” recently, and it kind of shocks me that there has to be a “way” to go about writing these characters. I’ve seen probably two distinct uses of nonhuman … More Finding the Familiar in the Other
If there’s something I’ve said over and over (and over and over) while promoting Olde School since it’s release, it’s that I love fairy and folktales. While I’ve probably talked this to death, I do feel like sometimes I have to re-direct what exactly these types of stories mean to me and why I love … More A Fairy Tale Journey
So today begins the next round of blog touring for Olde School! It’s mostly reviews, which means I’ll be walking around all week breathing into a paper bag, but also some Q&A, and I’ll probably do some fun stuff here. After all, I still need to re-cap imaginarium (and I’m sure Clyde wants his say), … More Why Olde School?