Tag: Writing

Publication: Eros

I have a poem appearing in Eros: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Desire and The Erotic. My work has featured in a few of these fantastic collections, but this will be the tenth and last. Find out more about Eros and the other collections here.

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Review: Bone Deep

Bone Deep is a beautifully written Gothic tale by the wonderful Sandra Ireland, a perfect combination of fairy tale and creeping terror.

The reader is introduced to Mac, a retired historian writing a collection of stories based on folklore and Lucie, a lost girl trying to escape the mistakes of her love life. Both characters are heavily flawed and yet even as they begin to antagonise each other and the truth unravels, they still remain relatable, intriguing and sympathetic. Although I think Floss might be my favourite character!

The settings of the novel are described so vividly, they almost become characters themselves – the damp cold of the cottage, the safety of Arthur’s cafe, the menacing Mill and it’s suspicious reek. There is almost a conflict between the haunted world of Mac and the Mill, and the modern world that has a Bronte-esque feel.

The intertext of ‘The Cruel Sister’ is woven into the novel artfully, ringing through it much like the harp’s song in that tale as a constant reminder of Lucie’s guilt and ultimately Mac’s too. It mirrors the novel’s events and furthers the sense of foreboding that snowballs as it goes on.

I devoured this book in only a couple of sittings. It was such a delicious mix of irresistible and chilling, that there was no way I was putting it down!

If you haven’t already read it, I would also recommend her debut novel Beneath the Skin.