Scottish Cranachan

Doctor Johnson proposed to define the word ‘oats’ thus: ‘A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.’ And I replied: ‘Aye, and that’s why England has such fine horses, and Scotland such fine people.<e/m> – James Boswell’s The Life of Samual Johnson

We eat a lot of . . . → Read More: Scottish Cranachan

Summer Queen 2015, S.J. Tucker: The Summer I Know

I grew up in the Mississippi River Delta in southeast Arkansas, where the state lines blur near the tops of Louisiana and Mississippi, and life still moves at a very calm pace for most folks.

I spent half my summers as a child outside playing softball, swimming, or riding my bicycle through my small hometown.  . . . → Read More: Summer Queen 2015, S.J. Tucker: The Summer I Know

Summer Queen 2015, S.J.Tucker

Any self-respecting lover of fairy tale, myth, and folklore winds up listening to music that can’t be found on the Top Forty charts (except, perhaps, the unofficial ones at science fiction conventions). There are, perennially, an astonishing number of efforts to merge music and myth that, while sincere, dedicated, and hopeful, are … well … . . . → Read More: Summer Queen 2015, S.J.Tucker

An Estate Ramble

Consider joining me for a ramble about the estate. I’ve always got plenty of tea and a bit of extra lunch to share with the local fauna, and you just never do know who’ll show up to share the day with us.

Digital Pixies

Excuse our look while we hunt down the digital pixies that are causing problems right now. I suggest you go over to Sleeping Hedgehog, our other publication, and muck around there for a few days.

Literary Matters: Charles Stross: Equoid

Our reviewers have been busy lately (probably all the rainy days — man, it’s been wet and gloomy), so we have some new reviews for you, starting with Richard Dansky’s look at Charles Stross’ Equoid.

Now, the title may be a stumper — what is an “equoid,” anyway — something not-quite-a-horse? A unicorn? My Little . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Charles Stross: Equoid

Catching Up

We have reviews for you. Yes, indeedy, so, since it’s been a while, let’s get right to it.

Comics creator Joe Mignola ventures into the realm of “illustrated novel” with collaborator Christopher Golden in Joe Golem and the Drowned City.

Elizabeth Bear is back with another tale of Bijou the Artificer and her fellow adventurers, . . . → Read More: Catching Up

Celtic Colours: Free music events

If you were on a limited budget but still wanted to see and hear some of the world-class musicians who play at the annual Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, you’d be in luck. Two daily events in Baddeck alone provide musical entertainment and education in intimate settings during the main . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: Free music events

Brief Lines: Semi-Familiar Terrain

There’s nothing quite so unsettling as semi-familiar terrain. The landscape that we think we might know constantly throws up false positives in recognition, things that we react to in exactly the wrong way because we think they’re something they aren’t. The further in you go, the less you trust yourself, and the more fraught every . . . → Read More: Brief Lines: Semi-Familiar Terrain

A Pair From Graham Joyce

With Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce sets up camp in the literary real estate generally occupied by Charles De Lint. But where De Lint’s approach is artfully bohemian, Joyce’s is much more workaday. He takes on the intersection of Faerie and the everyday world with muscular, gritty prose and an eye for how . . . → Read More: A Pair From Graham Joyce