National Tell a Fairytale Day
Apparently, it’s National Tell a Fairytale Day. I don’t know who decides these things, but Beneath Blair Mountain volunteers as tribute. While set in 1910s America, this book was inspired by Irish tales of the Sidhe and Icelandic tales of the elves/Huldufolk. At their roots, both of these traditions, like the fairytales canonized by the infamous Brothers Grimm, lean more horror than fantasy. Expect no Disney fare here. Read More…
Beneath Blair Mountain (Coming Soon!)
My first book is coming out soon! It’s not banned (not yet, anyway), but it features many of the things you know and love from the many banned books I’ve reviewed over the years (female protagonists, ghosts, pagan mythologies, historical events, social commentary, death, etc).
So, as you may know from my last post, my novella, Beneath Blair Mountain, is being published as part of the Summer Writing Project 2015 Collection. The Summer Writing Project is an annual joint venture between 1888 and JukePop, which you can read more about in the link above (or here and here). And isn’t that a damn fine cover? Mariya Suzuki did a fantastic job on all three books in the collection, but I do admit to being slightly biased. Just look at those mountains! If those can’t spirit you away into the pages, the fey folk might as well pack up and go home.
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Fey as Folk: Summer Writing Project 2015
Hey, all. My Urban Fantasy/Historical Fiction novella, Beneath Blair Mountain, is finished and JukePop’s Summer Writing Project is drawing to a close, so please go check it out and give it some love.
So, as devoted readers may remember, I’m participating in the Summer Writing Project, a collaboration between serial writing venue JukePop, indie publisher Black Hill Press, and 1888center. My novella, Beneath Blair Mountain, is current holding fifth in the rankings, but I could use some love, whether you choose to read, comment, vote, share, or just give me a hearty thumbs up.
Beneath Blair Mountain is a fusion of Urban Fantasy/Horror/Mythic Fiction and Historical Fiction/American Gothic, so there should be something for everyone, whether they like myth, folk culture, rural Appalachia, dark fey, Edwardian period pieces, ghost stories, political and social commentary, Irish gunrunners, or American history. Here’s the description if you’re interested:
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Need a Summer Getaway? Try Blair Mountain
So, I know I’ve been terrible at posting to this blog and I really do intend to remedy that, but, in the meantime, I am keeping up with my other blog, Salt and Iron. Also, I’m happy to say that you can read my fiction for free all summer as a part of JukePop and Black Hill Press’s Summer Writing Project. So if Urban Fantasy, Horror, American history, Irish fairy lore, labor movements, immigration, and Appalachia are things that interest you, consider this your lucky day.
Great news! I’m participating in the Summer Writing Project, a collaboration between JukePop, which is revitalizing the serial, and Black Hill Press, which publishes the long-neglected shortform that is the novella. What does this mean? Well, it means that you can read my novella, Beneath Blair Mountain, as I update it serially all summer.
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More Shameless Self-Promotion
Just like the title says, it’s time for more shameless self-promotion of my work, this time poetry (wouldn’t Braggi be proud). Two of my poems were featured in digital magazine Fabulously Feminist (which some of you may recognize from the Blogroll). I also talk ancient epics, the role of women in religion/mythology, and what inspires my work, so go check it out here. Feel free to poke around while you’re there and see what other awesome stuff Fabulously Feminist does.
More of my poetry and other non-banned-book thoughts can be found on my personal blog, Salt & Iron, which focuses largely on writing, myth/folk musings, and personal anecdotes about living with invisible/chronic illness. You can also find a list of all of all of the places to find me and my work on the internet here.
Save Wolves, Read An Awesome Book
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you shameless self-promotion. The anthology I’m in is out! Huzzah! Er, awwwoooooo?
Cover design by Matt Cowan and Marshall Stevens. Wolf Warriors copyright Thurston Howl Publications.
Great news, internet! The anthology I’m in is out! Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology is a wolf-themed charity anthology to raise money for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, which seeks to educate people about wolves and their importance, as well as advocating for their preservation. The anthology is chock-full of lupine art, fiction, flashfiction, and essays of all genres, so fantasy fans, nature/animal lovers, literary folks, non-fiction people, art enthusiasts, and all manner of readers can all find something to enjoy.
The anthology also features stories by David Clement-Davies (author of The Sight, Fell, and Fire Bringer) and two-time Hugo Award winner Catherynne M. Valente (author of the Fairyland series)! I’m super stoked to be in an anthology with them and can’t wait til my copy arrives so I can read “Fell’s Dream” and “The…
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Another Year of Banned Books
Merry met, my dear readers. It seems my blog has been around for another year. And it has been quite the year here at the Bound and Gagged Banned Books Blog. One of my posts was Freshly Pressed, another was quoted in The Huffington Post, and we went from about 50 followers to over 2,000. So whether you’re new to the blog or have stuck by us since the beginning, thank you. Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting, and taking the time to come to our little corner of the internet.
This year we also gained two excellent writers. Hannah and Victoria Lepore were both kind enough to grace the blog with their thoughts, rants, and insights, joining me and Elliot Oberholtzer on our banned book crusade. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all three of them for contributing to the blog, for taking the time to write such thoughtful reviews, and for being generally awesome human beings.
I hope you’ll all stick with us for yet another year of banned book reviews, censorship news, and the occasional nerdrage. Banned Books Week is fast approaching, so check back for more Bound and Gagged goodness (not nearly as kinky as it sounds). In the meantime, enjoy this look back at the last year of banned book reviews. Read More…