So since Halloween for me is basically a month-long national holiday, I’ve got a couple of readings coming, so if you’ve ever wanted to hear me read a spooky story, now’s your chance!
First up is The Visitation at Old Low Light, which will be at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields this Saturday (the 29th). Tickets are available here— they’re just under £6.
Next is After Dark at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade in North Shields on November 5th at 7pm. Tickets are £3.
I hope you guys can make it: it would mean the world to me and all the others performing.
Happy Halloween. Don’t look too fast over your shoulder…
Since Halloween is a two-month national holiday for me, we’re kicking things off with Episode 8 of I’m Not Watching That, which covers the work of HP Lovecraft and some of its derivations.
(Trigger warning for discussion of depression)
The second issue of Inside the Bell Jar has been released, and it features my flash-fiction piece, “The Black Oracle“!
I honestly never thought I’d do much with this piece. I wrote it into my journal after a particularly difficult day, mostly for my own benefit to work through how I was feeling. I didn’t think much of it until Vic shared the call for submissions on the subject of mental health.
In the story I tried to personify that voice in my head that tells me I’m going to fail, that always seems to know the future. Depression is an ugly thing, but part of the reason that it works is due to how it presents itself as fair and reasonable, like it’s got out best interests at heart. I suppose the lesson to take to heart is to remind myself that the Black Oracle is not my friend, and it’s certainly not as infallible as it thinks it is.
I honestly couldn’t more thrilled to be featured in the new issue. It’s still a little strange seeing my own work on a website that I didn’t copy-paste myself, complete with a bio and a headshot! And I really love the photo they chose to go with it: lonely and oppressive, yet ambiguous enough to be the Oracle itself.
Anyway, if you liked the story (or appreciated it, at any rate), please feel free to leave a comment and share it around. And please check out the other stuff that Inside the Bell Jar is putting out: they’re doing good work.
Well, this was a lot of fun.
To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive about reading my stuff alongside… y’know, actual published writers, but everyone was kind enough to say positive things about my offering!
Many thanks and gratitude to those who made it and showed their support. Well done Vic for one hell of a show.
On Wednesday 1st June, I’ll be reading at Noir at the Bar at the Town Wall in Newcastle, organised by the lovely Victoria Watson. If you get a chance, it would mean the world to me if you showed up.
Catch you later!