Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology

I’m happy to share that Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology has now been published. I’m really excited to be a part of this anthology of eighteen gothic stories by queer creators.

A copy of Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology. The cover is a drawing of a skull wearing a crown of flowers against a rainbow background.
Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology, cover art by Jenni Coutts and Charlie Bramald.

My own story in the anthology is Lady of Letters; or, the Twenty-First Century Homunculus, the title being a riff on the original publication title of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. I’d been toying with the idea of a story about instant messaging and early social media for a while, but it wasn’t until I saw the call for submissions for this anthology that everything clicked into place.

If you’d like to read a story about having MSN arguments with your terrible online boyfriend and fake MySpace profiles with a mind of their own, as well as seventeen other stories, you can order Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology in print or as an e-book at the Nyx Publishing website.

2019 Publication Roundup

It’s the last month of 2019 – here’s what I’ve published this year and where you can find it.

A copy of We Were Always Here. The cover is in pink leopard print.

My first publication of the year was Projector, a story about queer cinema that appeared in We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology from 404 Ink.

We Were Always Here is the largest publication I’ve been involved in to date – I had a great time being involved in talks and launch events for it around Glasgow, and seeing it stocked in local libraries and queer bookshops.

You can find We Were Always Here at 404 Ink’s website here.

A copy of an issue of LampLight Magazine. The cover is a black-and-white photograph of an electric street lamp.

Over the summer, I had a reprint of Countess de Mar, a queer gothic time loop story, featured in LampLight Volume 7, Issue 4.

Countess was my first professional sale back in 2016, and the anthology it was featured in is now out of print, so I was excited to see it reach more readers.

You can find LampLight Volume 7, Issue 4 here.

Lastly, if you’re a British Fantasy Society member, you’ll find my story Greenwoman, about a woman who wants to be a plant, in the December issue of members magazine BFS Horizons.

This was also the year when I started running Glasgow Fanfiction Open Mic Nights, which have been a great experience in reuniting me with writing purely for fun. If you’re reading this and would like to set up a similar event near you, I’m happy to answer questions and give advice on what I’ve learned so far, so please feel free to get in touch on Twitter or through the contact form on my homepage.

I’m proud of all of the work I’ve had printed this year, and I’m looking forward to what 2020 will bring – the start of the year will already be bringing the queer werewolf anthology I’ve been involved with for a few years, and I have one other anthology feature that I’ll be announcing once everything is signed off. You can check back here, or on my social media (in between all of the shitposts and pictures of cows) for more details.

Fantasycon 2019 Roundup

It’s been a couple of days since Fantasycon 2019 came to a close, so “while I’m recovering from con crud” seemed like the best time to reflect on the weekend! I had an excellent time hanging out with old writing pals, and meeting new ones.

A black-and-white photo of four people sitting behind a table.
Shona Kinsella, Allen Stroud, Heather Valentine and David Tallerman discuss Scotland on Screen

This weekend was the first time I’ve been on panels at a writing convention, and it was a great experience – thank you to my fellow panellists and open mic readers, and to everyone who popped in to one of the panels or the fanfiction open mic night. It was lovely to present for such knowledgeable, engaged audiences and I hope you came away with something interesting to think about.

Four books lying in a square.
Jack of Thorns by A.K. Faulkner, Resurrection Men by David Craig, The Trans Space Octopus Congregation by Bogi Takács, and The Forgotten and The Fantastical 5, edited by Teika Bellamy.

Fantasycon is, obviously, about books, so I picked up some small press offerings from the dealer’s room. Faulkner was (a) incredibly fun at Friday night karaoke and (b) writing queer X-Men style fantasy adventures, and Resurrection Men came about after I complained, in the Scotland on Screen panel, that speculative representations of Scotland often gloss over its involvement in colonialism, and I was afterwards recommended Craig’s book as a piece of grimy Scottish Victoriana. I’d already had my eyes on The Trans Space Octopus Congregation from reading Takács’ non-fiction work, so I’m excited to crack open their fiction collection, and I was intrigued by Teika Bellamy’s fairytale collections after seeing her speak at a panel on running a small press.

I was also fortunate enough to get a seat at the British Fantasy Awards – congratulations to all of the shortlisted and winners, but particularly to Ruth EJ Booth for her nonfiction win – Ruth is a keenly supportive and talented figure in the Glasgow speculative fiction writing scene, and it’s lovely to see her receive recognition for her essays in Shoreline of Infinity.

FantasyCon 2019 Programming

The programme for FantasyCon Glasgow 2019 has gone live! I will be appearing on a few panels and running an open mic, so please drop in and see me if you’ll be around! I will be at:

  • Scotland on Screen, Friday 7pm
  • Alien: 40 Years Later, Saturday 2pm
  • Fanfic to Profic, Saturday 6pm
  • FantasyCon Fanfic Open Mic Night, Saturday 7pm

The full programme for all three days can be found below:

The logo for the British Fantasy Society, which consists of the letters "BFS" surrounded by a stylised dragon

https://www.fantasycon.org/programming/

Moonlight Anthology Kickstarter goes live

The Kickstarter for Moonlight: A Queer Werewolf Anthology has gone live! The comic + short story anthology is projected for a January 2020 release, and includes my slice-of-life story, “Lesbian Werewolf Goes to IKEA”, which is about… a lesbian werewolf going to IKEA, surprisingly enough.

Check out full details of all the amazing artists involved, and consider backing us, here:

The logo for "Moonlight: A Queer Werewolf Anthology", which features a pack of wolves howling in front of a rainbow

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mckayandgray/moonlight-a-queer-werewolf-anthology