Category Archives: Research

The original sexy vampire dies – RIP Jonathan Frid a.k.a. Barnabas Collins

First of all, the original sexy vampire, Canadian actor Jonathan Frid who played Barnabas Collins on on the gothic soap Dark Shadows in the late 1960s, died aged 87. There is another obituary here. Jonathan Frid had a lot more … Continue reading

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A bit of searchterm weirdness and a great link

For some reason, several people reached my site today by googling the name of a certain German politician and secretary in Angela Merkel’s cabinet in connection with “imcompetence”. Now I don’t recall ever having called said politician imcompetent in these … Continue reading

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Women Writers, Women Characters and International Wom

March 8 is international women’s day and also the birthday of a very dear friend of mine (scroll down past the flowers). Tonight I attended the book launch for Triangel by Elke Marion Weiß. I know Elke from her time … Continue reading

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Paranormal Romance and the Alpha Male

At All About Romance, Lynn Spencer wonders whether heroes in paranormal romance are given a pass for controlling, stalkerish and sometimes outright violent behaviour towards their heroines that readers would not tolerate in historical or contemporary romances. Now I have … Continue reading

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Who is afraid of the sparkly vampire?

At the Guardian, Stuart Heritage complains that vampires, werewolves and zombies just plain aren’t scary anymore and blames Twilight. The list of complaints are things we’ve all heard a thousand times before. Vampires and werewolves are no longer scary these … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding, speculative noir and a public service announcement

If you’re a self-publisher, please consider taking part in the Taleist 2012 self-publishing survey. For more information, visit the Taleist or David Gaughran’s blog. Julie Ann Dawson of Bards and Sages has a great post on worldbuilding and plausibility in … Continue reading

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Relationships and gender roles in Twilight, The Hunger Games, Buffy… and Scooby-Doo?

I’ve got lots of delicious links today, focusing on gender roles, relationships and the portrayal of young women in various pop culture franchises:

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Speculative YA, the invisible women of SFF and the trouble with Twilight bashing

First of all, a happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Enjoy your turkey and side dishes. In fact, I always think the vegetable side dishes sound like the best thing about the whole affair. Cheryl Morgan has a great … Continue reading

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Two announcements and two links

First the announcements: All Pegasus Pulp e-books are now available in various formats at DriveThruFiction. Check them out, particularly if you’re into RPGs. Pegasus Pulp fantasy books are now also listed at Paranormal Indies. And now the links: At Bryan … Continue reading

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Urban fantasy, our genre’s discomfort with emotion and the cultural issues of translation

My latest e-book is still missing in action at the Kindle store. I contacted Amazon support today, but haven’t heard back from them yet. This is pretty frustrating. So the book announcement is postponed for another day. In the meantime, … Continue reading

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