My Short Story “Gald” in Luna Station Quarterly

Luna Station Quarterly Issue 40 cover by Anna Steinbauer

I’m excited to have my short story “Gald” included in this magnificent anniversary issue of Luna Station Quarterly. The beautiful cover is by Anna Steinbauer. “Gald” is about a mysterious Pictish potion and its use in a dystopian future on the north coast of Scotland.

This issue is packed with brilliant stories of potions and makes great holiday reading–curl up with your animals and a cup of mulled wine and these magical stories!  Purchase the issue here: http://lunastationquarterly.com/issue/issue-040/  and support an exceptional journal that has published women writers for TEN YEARS!

Ode to Poe, Part 1

16th century illustration of the Maelstrom off Lofoten, Norway

This is the first of 3 posts celebrating Edgar Allen Poe’s 203rd birthday on Thursday the 19th.

Lofoten is where my great-grandparents were from.  My great-grandfather was a fisherman, like the Old man in Poe’s “A Descent into the Maelstrӧm”.   The search for one’s roots always involves a bit of myth-making, and I find this a fortuitous geneology. (I live in a country that makes a fair bit of money from ancestral tourism, and it’s with some chagrin I admit to wanting to visit these islands.) But I first knew of this place from the Poe story.

Thanks to Dylan Carlson for reminding me of Harry Clarke's beautiful illustration.

The Maelstrӧm itself is exaggerated by Poe: it’s a swallower of ships and devourer of whales, appearing as “a smooth, shining and jet-black wall of water, inclined to the horizon at an angle of some forty-five degrees, speeding dizzily, round and round with a swaying and sweltering motion, and sending forth to the winds an appalling voice…”

For all his sentimentality and persistent melancholy, Poe’s work has been one of the earliest influences on my own writing.  I am indebted to him, not least for giving me a certain mythic vision of my roots, even if it is the howling, watery maw of hell itself!

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