Teika Marija Smits

Q&As with Kayleigh Dobbs, Priya Sharma and Steve Shaw

Last month saw the publication of my water-themed dark fantasy micro collection, Waterlore, by the ever-excellent Black Shuck Books. As Steve Shaw, the publisher, tends to publish these nifty collections in pairs, Waterlore was paired with The End by Kayleigh Dobbs, which was lucky for me because I got to read The End early and

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Rolls of paper hung up on washing lines

Short stories: why read them? Why write them? Why analyse them?

Imagine going into your local Waterstones and browsing the nearest tables of books. What would you likely see on display? The latest Colleen Hoover or James Patterson? Lead titles from traditional publishers who have been singled out for success by Richard and Judy? The novels that made the Booker shortlist? A memoir by a celebrity?

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So long Shoreline, and thanks for all the fish!

Just the other week, Noel Chidwick and Mark Toner, the co-founders of Shoreline of Infinity, an SF magazine which is run from Edinburgh, announced that they’d be “stepping off the Shoreline of Infinity Spaceship” so that they could spend more time on their own creative projects and with their families. After the announcement, there was

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What is horror? A few thoughts from someone new to reading horror.

Although there are many articles that answer the question, ‘What is horror?’ (this post by Brian J. Showers is particularly insightful), I thought I’d add my thoughts to the mix since it wasn’t all that long ago I was saying I didn’t like horror. So what made me change my mind? Being a highly sensitive

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