One of the things I love to do in my fiction is to use real-world folklore as inspiration, conjuring something dark and exciting from it.
This new story, ‘The Solstice,’ is a particular thrill for me, as it’s set in Portugal, my adopted home nation and uses folklore from the north of the country as the backdrop.
The masks described in the story, and the purpose for which they’re made, are still relevant today in the Tras-Os-Montes region of the country. I’d love to know what you think of it.
You can listen in the sidebar, below or wherever you listen to podcasts:
*** Trigger warning – This story contains scenes of violence and gore that some listeners may find difficult ***
I’m delighted to announce that my story, ‘Afraid Of My Own Shadow’ has been published today on Tales To Terrify.
This is a story that had a complicated evolution and was actually written twice, once from the perspective of the ‘monster’ as it happened and the other time as it appears here, as a police interview, recounting the events.
My wonderful beta readers unanimously preferred this version, as it ratcheted up the curiosity about the events and the ambiguous nature of what had happened. I hope you enjoy it!
In the same episode, you will also hear Gertrude Atherton’s ‘The Striding Place.’ Listen now, below.
Happy Monday, everyone.
My story, ‘Left Behind,’ is now available on Hawk & Cleaver’s The Other Stories podcast. Rounding off their ‘Abandoned Places’ theme, which has been packed with fantastic tales, this story imagines a future Venice, underwater, and a woman for whom the city holds a special significance, visiting with her son. But exactly what has been Left Behind?
Check it out now and tell me what you think, either in the comments or on Twitter @lisboetaingles.
Listen below on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of chatting with John Baltisberger on his podcast, Madness Heart Radio.
On the show, we talked about my story, ‘Contaminated,’ in Madness Heart Press’ first anthology Creeping Corruption, along with my novelette, Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See and my story, ‘Snap’ in the new In Darkness, Delight: Creatures of the Night anthology.
We also got into talking about living in different parts of the world and the effect that has had on me as a person and on my writing, as well as how running, walking and fishing are so compatible with the writing process.
Check it out:
Happy Monday to you, folks, and here is news of a new story, written for The Other Stories, from Hawk and Cleaver. ‘Suppression’ is a story of dystopian terror, imagining the world in a not so distant future, where your genes may have consequences far beyond your propensity for disease, etc.
In this story, the excellent Persephone Rose delivers all the urgency I’d intended for the tale and more, while the sound effects employed by H&C’s production team help bring the tale vividly to life.
I hope you enjoy it. Listen to ‘Suppression’ by clicking here or on the image, above.