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Enter the Women’s Black Hussars of Death


I am hard at work to finish the first Pandora story, and as I finally got to work on the last act, where the action heats up and things start to go bang! (because kids nowadays want explosions, you see) I have had the dubious pleasure of meeting the Women’s Black Hussars of Death – one of those things that will probably be flagged by critics because they are too pulpy and implausible, but actually were a real thing during the Great War and the Russian Civil War.Yes, say it aloud… The Women’s Black Hussars of Death.Why they never taught me this sort of stuff when I was in school?The Women’s Battalions of Death were all-female units formed in 1917 by volunteers serving on the side of the Russi...
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Hellebore


What was I saying about horror?Because, you see, the postman just delivered my copy of the first issue of Hellebore magazine, and I am revising today’s schedule because I want to dive in straight away. But while my tea is brewing, I may as well give you a quick overview of this new fine mag.Hellebore is a “limited-run magazine” devoted to the scholarly study of folk horror. For the uninitiated folk horror is that preeminently British sub-genre of horror fiction that uses folk traditions as its main source of inspiration: think about movies like The Wicker Man (the old one, not the one with Nick Cage) or Blood on Satan’s Claw. The genre had its heyday in the mid ’70s, but has been going throu...
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Ancient incarnations of death


Like that guy said, never say never.Or “not often.”I was talking with a friend, about four weeks ago – she does not like horror fiction, she’d rather read historical fiction, and I said that these days I don’t read or write that much horror anymore.And as a result, most of what I submitted in the last four weeks, and most of what I read, falls one way or another in the field of horror.The last two books I read, in fact, have been two excellent horrors, both dealing – in a very different way – with the urban manifestation of ancient spirits of death.They are both worth checking out, and as I have already mentioned Gemma Files’ Experimental Film, here’s my review of the other, Robert Levy’s An...
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Reading, writing, waiting

So we are now back to Orange Alert, and it seems that we will not be flooded after all. We spent the night and the best part of the morning in the danger zone, but the levees have held, and while the Belbo is very high, the worst is over. There’s been a few landslides, the road we followed in our microadventure a few weeks back is now completely flooded, but there’s been no serious damage to people or property.We had a few brownouts during the early morning hours, but now we’re fine.We spent most of the time taking turns in bed, and reading or writing.I’ve added about 2000 words to my new story – the one featuring Pandora Marchincowska, that is likely to turn into a novelette and that I need...
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A long night


So the emergency has been stepped up, and we are here sitting and waiting for developments – developments that might be of the “move the PCs upstairs and say goodbye to your books” kind should the Belbo decide to leave its levees and come to pay a visit.The critical time will be around 4 or 5 tomorrow morning (in 8 hours at the time of writing this) and so we’ll spend the night up, waiting.I said that something would happen to kick me out of my black mood.Here it comes.Original link
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The countryside is dreary (and not in a good way)

Like Supertramp used to sing, It’s raining again, and the whole territory is under red alert for floods and landslides.Yesterday night the take away pizza girl wrote down the wrong address – as a result, the pizza delivery guy drove under the pouring rain up to the door of our next door neighbour, and the moment he stood on their doorstep, the pizza boxed in his hand, the lady there started screaming, because who is this strange man bringing pizzas to her place in the middle of the night (as to say, a quarter past eight in the evening)?My brother had to run there and intercept the lost delivery boy, and secure our dinner.And I don’t know if this is a good starting point for the next Horror o...
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Ghosts for Christmas

Interesting article from Smithsonian magazine…A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost StoriesOriginal link
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A woman with a past


The first time I met her, she called herself Helena Saratova. She claimed to be a Russian aristocrat, and she managed a high-class brothel in Bubbling Well Road, in Shanghai. She was in her forties, and had blue hair. It was the summer of 1936, and Felice Sabatini was in a bind.I was one-third into my first novel, The Ministry of Thunder, and I had painted myself – and my main character, Sabatini – in a corner. We both needed help, and fast, so I summoned a throwaway character, someone that could come in, help the hero, and be gone. I got much more than I bargained for – Helena not only solved the problems in my plot, but she stayed on scene for most of the second third of the novel, stealin...
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The Soldier’s Disease


Again on the joys of research – because focusing too much on that mess that is the Russian Civil War would be monotonous, and I really like (no, seriously, I like it) doing research on the fly when writing.So, let’s put down the books and the videos about Russians killing each other in the snow, and let’s look into something different.Like, the Soldier’s Disease, a definition first coined in 1915 to describe morphine addiction among the troops – a phenomenon observed for the first time during the American Civil War.Ah, doing research, an endless series of discoveries…The good part of doing research on the fly is that more often than not, what you discover can be plugged in directly into the ...
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Storm Cloud Haze


Storm Cloud Haze – Five StarsStorm Cloud Haze: A memoir in poetry, prose and polaroids by Alessandra WikeMy rating: 5 of 5 starsWow! How do you rate this? How do you rate someone’s life, their pain, their suffering, their fear? I didn’t really want to, but I know how important it is for an author.If this were a work of fiction, my rating would be so different, or if I were to rate it on the writing alone. I disliked the poetry. Even the prose was written poetically, and I care little for that style of writing. However, I’m going to ignore that part of my brain for this review. It’s trivial to the story being told in Storm Cloud Haze.Storm Cloud Haze is a story of pain. It’s a story of trauma...
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Into the heart of Chaos


Just to make sure you don’t think I’m only spending my time reading novels and being idle, I’ve been doing some on-the-fly research for my current story – that I hope to have finished, one way or the other, by the weekend.And I’ve spent the last two days immersed in absolute Chaos.And if this did nothing for my headache, it will certainly do a lot of good to my story.So, what I’ve been researching?The Russian Civil War.And to give you an idea of how chaotic the thing is – we know there was a civil war in Russia after the Great War, but depending on the sources it ended in 1920, in 1923 or in 1926. It probably started in 1919. Or maybe in 1917.Or something.In a nutshell, the thing looks prett...
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Folk horror and movies


As I nurse the worse cold in ages, there’s little I can do but write. I’ve a lot of things to write, but luckily all the urgent work was done before my ill-advised decision to go and attend Libri in Nizza. So I am taking a brief pause from my writing, and I’m catching up on my to-read list.I’ve just started and finished in two days flat Gemma Files’ novel, Experimental Film, that I was given as a gift a few days back, and boy, was it a brilliant book!Gemma Files’ novel manages to fuse the themes of folk horror with a very modern take on film-making as modern alchemy and as modern-day religious ritual. In the book, a film critic investigating an old film-maker and her lost works stumbles on m...
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The Fear and the Void


In his book About Writing, British novelist Gareth L Powell devotes a chapter to THE FEAR, a ghost that haunts the life of many – if not all – writers, the Beastie on the back (to quote Jethro Tull) of those that do creative work.Powell describes it thus…We’ve all been there.I was there, actually, no more than half an hour ago, as I reviewed the first part of Shadow of the Rat God, and concluded it’s the most worthless, useless pile of wasted words I ever put together. But I’ve learned to expect THE FEAR, and not mind it more than it deserves.It’s a sign, to me, that the story needs to be closed as fast as possible, because I am losing interest, and momentum.Time to go that last mile.Another...
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Wake me up when spring comes


The title of this post is what my brother told me this morning as he wrapped himself in a bunch of blankets and went back to sleep. We’re still waiting for the delivery of the LAN cable, so he’s been revising some work, but really can’t do anything. So he’s catching up on lost sleep.In the meantime Venice is sinking, the nation is shifting to the right with disquieting speed and enthusiasm, and snow has come to Astigianistan. Our village is still clear, but we’ve been under ice-cold rain for the last 24 hours – the idea of ordering take-away pizzas last night caused the delivery guy to basically swim to our courtyard gate.The bad weather has meant that we were able to invite the Cat with No ...
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Never say Rat God

We have a mouse in our house. So far he’s ignored the traps we’ve set, and he’s raiding our pantry during the night, and in general making a lot of weird noises. But last night, feeling like he wanted something special, he bit through one of the LAN cables of our home network, cutting through it and isolating my brother’s PC from the web.Now we’ll have to buy a new one, and the closest computer store in the area is 20 miles away, and we don’t have a car. So it’s an order via Amazon, which means – because we are in a very special place – waiting for a week.And the fracking mouse is still at large, and tonight it will be showtime again – and let’s hope he has not developed a taste for LAN cabl...
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In the Shadow of the Rat God


One thing that usually makes me laugh – or depresses me, depending on my mood – is when one of my esteemed Italian colleagues points out that I am too classy and complicated, in my stories, too off-putting and not ready enough to go down to the level of my readers. In a market that’s requiring increasingly simplistic and adolescent stories, being told by a colleague (or a publisher!) “you’re too classy” is the kiss of death, the professional equivalent of a 2-star review on Amazon.Game over, man. Game. Over.Right now I am writing a new Aculeo & Amunet story, and I have been looking for a title. To start on the right foot, I ran through the previous stories of the series…Bride of the Swamp Go...
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Idle for a while


At the end of last week I took part in the Nizza Monferrato book fair, Libri in Nizza, to meet a few old friends and talk about books and stuff. The event took place in the Foro Boario, a vast public hall that was created refurbishing the old cattle market. Due to causes independent of the organization’s decisions, the temperature inside was probably 35°, with a humidity fit to growing orchids. As a result, I am now here with a fever, and a sore throat I am treating with honey drops and hot tea.My head is killing me, and I am wracked by cough.Aren’t these cultural events a wonder?But it was generally fun, and afterwards we had a pizza at Casablanca’s, and talked shop, and projects, and stuff...
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The Deadly Lady from Madagascar (and other dames)


I am experiencing some technical issues (and a bout of bad health), so I’m not doing much these days. I’m falling behind with my writing and with my post, and everything else. But I was browsing some old paperback art and I happened to spot this picture…… and I thought, wow, that’s a story I’d like to write.Turns out this is a Robert Maguire cover for a novel called The Deadly Lady of Madagascar, bt Frank G. Slaughter (nice name for someone writing about deadly ladies) that I will try and find somehow.If I can’t write it, I can certainly read it.But as I was at it I found a selection of beautiful Robert Maguire art, and so here’s a gallery (you can click on the images to see the full-size pi...
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In the company of thieves


Back when I was young and I was trying to read all the fantasy and science fiction I was able to lay my hands on, a holy grail of sorts was the books of the series Thieves’ World, edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abey. It was one of the earlier shared universes in the genre, and it featured the works of an incredible selection of writers.The volumes were published in Italy by Fanucci, in a series of hardback volumes that were very expensive if you were a teenager, that featured mismatched covers, sometimes iffy translations, and normally included extra stories by Italian authors that were a little more than iffy.I think I have two volumes, bought at a discount from a second-hand booksta...
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The festive season is coming

And here’s a nice post from the blog of Richard Thomas, calledTen Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors This Holiday SeasonCheck it out.Original link
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