Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Family bonds have never been so strong 1950s socialite, Noemí, receives a worrying letter from her recently married cousin, Catalina, and sets off to investigate. Catalina is now living with husband, Virgil, at his family home, High Place, a remote, dilapidated pile in which the family’s history and traditions are kept very Continue Reading

Out Now…

A long-lost plant hunter’s journal leads Evangeline to Chile on a quest for the World Tree. Can a tree heal her past? When Evangeline comes across a Victorian plant hunter’s journal at Kew, it is the sign she’s been waiting for. Its author, Edwin ‘Chile’ Morgan, claims to have discovered a living myth:  the World Continue Reading

Lost & Waiting: the Playlist

I prefer to write without external distractions, but I frequently play music as a precursor to writing, to access a certain mood.

Perhaps this is why music often finds its way into my work.

Evangeline, the protagonist of LOST & WAITING, has been unable to listen to music since she suffered a stillbirth. Everything changes when she embarks on a plant hunting expedition to Chile.

Not all the tracks listed here appear in my novel, but they were there in its formation.

For more on music as a muse to writers, see my review of Tyler Keevil’s talk on the subject for NovelNights, Bristol.

See also my blog on art as inspiration.

Fox as Symbol

Header photo: Joachim Munter This post looks at how the fox is portrayed across cultures in folklore and myth, and how this has influenced language and literature. The fox appears in the folklore of many cultures as a trickster with a double-identity, often with magic powers and the ability to transform. Its nature, cunning yet Continue Reading

The Fox Woman

Kij Johnson Haunting ménage à trois between a man, his wife and a fox, set in Heian-era (C9th) Japan. Based on a traditional Japanese fairy tale. Kaya no Yoshifuji fails to secure a position in the New Year appointments at court and returns with his perfect wife, Shikujo, and young son to their now-dilapidated country Continue Reading

Mr Fox

Helen Oyeyemi Myth and mysogeny: how we are shaped by the stories we tell. Oyeyemi’s anti-hero is a 1930s writer, Mr Fox, with the habit of killing off his heroines. When one of his characters, Mary Foxe, steps from his pages to question his motives, a writing duel ensues. His wife, Daphne, is jealous of Continue Reading

Gingerbread

Helen Oyeyemi Gingerbread is a dazzling mix of folklore and pop culture, and of allusions, absurdism and wit. Oyeyemi’s latest novel (pub. March 2019) returns to her familiar themes of displacement, social-ineptitude and women who don’t quite fit in. Harriet discovers her coeliac, teenage daughter, Perdita, unconscious in her bedroom surrounded by gingerbread – and Continue Reading