Mewsings began 10 years ago!

Yes, the oldest entry on this blog was posted on 23rd April 2006, a review of John Carpenter’s Cigarette Burns, a film in the Masters of Horror series. To celebrate, I ran the whole of Mewsings through Wordle. This is the result:

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I’m not sure what I expected to learn from this, but I was pleased to find the phrase “weird lovecraft woman magic” in the top lefthand corner…

As if this wasn’t celebration enough(!), I’ve also added a new poem to the main site: The Beast

The Beast, by Murray Ewing

Thanks for reading Mewsings!

The Television Crossover Universe podcast interview

Television Crossover Universe podcastI’m very flattered to have been interviewed by the lovely people over at the the Television Crossover Universe podcast. This kicked off because of my poem, “Alice at R’lyeh”, which fits into the podcast’s theme (of discussing the way various TV, film, comic and other ‘universes’ link up), thanks to my mixing HP Lovecraft with Lewis Carroll, but the interview goes on to cover other poems and things I’ve done.

The podcast can be found at iTunes here, or via the TCU page. While you’re there, give a listen to some of the other episodes — I’m amazed at their knowledge of the ins and outs of so many universes. (Episode 12, where host Robert E. Wronski, Jr. is himself interviewed is a good starting point.)

 

The Fantasy Reader

My novel, The Fantasy Reader, is out today!

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At the end of last year, I said I’d be bringing it out as an ebook, but I really wanted a copy sitting on my shelf, so I started looking into getting a print version out, too. This blog post by Karen Inglis was enormously helpful, and pretty much determined how I went about it. (Short version: using Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing for the Amazon print and Kindle versions, and IngramSpark for everywhere else.) The whole thing took a lot longer than I’d expected (not helped by my decision to paint the cover myself, something everyone says authors shouldn’t do) — the above picture is actually the set of proof copies I accumulated on the road to getting the finished product.

You can read about the book (and read an extract) at The Fantasy Reader mini-site.

More updates

Following on from my recent Mewsings revamp, I’ve completely revamped my main site. The new-look site is not only mobile-friendly, but focuses on various creative projects I’ve done, and is hopefully more fun to browse. Most of these projects aren’t new to the site (new stuff will follow), but they’ve been given a bit of a polish. So, all the poems that have featured in this blog now have their own proper page (see the poetry index), and The Laughing Ghost has its own page, which even allows you to download the sheet music, for a proper Halloween sing-along!

Meanwhile, I’ve finally got my novel The Fantasy Reader ready for publication. It will be out, as an ebook and a paperback, on the 2nd of November. The book should have its own mini-site by then, but at the moment there’s just a blurb. On the other hand, despite my announcement at the end of last year, I’m going to have to put off my other novel (Hello World) till next year. I really didn’t expect it to take this long to get The Fantasy Reader ready, but I like to do the job properly.

Anyway, hope you like the new-look site, and thanks for reading!