The Wizardry of Gillian Polack

I interviewed Gillian Polack about her new urban fantasy novel, THE WIZARDRY OF JEWISH WOMEN. We spoke about magic, antisemitism, Anglo-Jewish culture, narrative forks. middle-aged protagonists, and science. Warning: There are some minor spoilers for those who haven’t read the book. JF: Why did you choose to feature two middle-aged women as protagonists for your new book, the Wizardry of Jewish Women? GP: They’re young women compared to three of the protagonists of The Time of the Ghosts! In this case it wasn’t their age that was critical, it was where they were up to in their lives. I needed them...

Metal Genesis

Howdy folks, Tune in to Metal Genesis on 106.7 PBS FM tomorrow night between 10 and 12pm to hear me talking to the fearsome Wendy Tonkin about the Sixsmiths, Bloody Waters, heavy metal and Satan. Tunes will be played! https://pbsfm.org.au/metalgenesis Get your ears around it. It’s gonna be good. 🙂 FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

Darkness Beyond – Year’s Best Horror 2015 Honorable Mention

Scored an Honorable Mention on Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror again for my story in Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, along with other Jason Fischer, Aaron Sterns, and Bill Congreve from the same volume. My long list of HMs for The Best Horror of the Year volume 8 (pt 1) This is my second time on the HM list and I’m pretty pleased with this result, given that my short story output is so small. (Right now I seem to be producing one a year.) Here’s Bruce Mutard’s amazing illustration for the story from Deep Down Under: FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

Character Interrogations

If you could ask any question of any of the characters in any of my fiction, what would it be? This is what Facebook wanted to know. It may not surprise any of you that Satan received the most direct questions, and was also the topic of several others. Also, people seem to like dogs. MATT NICHOLLS: Mr. McBlack, who was your favourite kill? WHITEFACE McBLACK: My favourite is yet to come, I hope. A man’s gotta dream, right? PS what are you doing tonight around midnight? JOHN DeFROG: For Clarice Marnier: Given yr own experience, would you recommend The Devil as a...