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The Slaughtered Lamb

Inspired (sort of) by this article about 1981 werewolf movies from the Los Angeles Review of Books, I wanted to talk about the movie An American Werewolf in London. In 1981 I was 15 and lived way the heck out there in suburbia with no fellow horror fans around, so I didn’t have any practical way to watch horror movies new in the theater. But I was a dedicated watcher of Siskel & Ebert, and sometimes they would review a movie that I wanted to see with such fervor that the desire still resonates, decades later. A lot of these…

Write-a-thon 2019: Final thoughts

Shown above: most excellent villains Hello everyone! It’s the last day of the Clarion West 2019 Write-a-thon, and there is still time to sponsor me, or sponsor someone else. We’re all great! And all the money goes to Clarion West! As I explained in the previous essay, my original goal for this year was to write rapid drafts of books 3-7 in the rougarou series, but after it took me three weeks to write the draft of book 3 I realized I would be lucky to finish the rapid draft of book 4 in the next three weeks. So, what…

Where to Find the Witches at Norwescon

Who will be where at Norwescon, 4/18/19 – 4/21/19? Jasmine Silvera’s schedule: Thursday Loved It! 1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Cascade 9 Berlynn Wohl (M), Jasmine Silvera, Eric Morgret, Chris Wiswell Supporting Our Writing Community 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 7 & 8 Jasmine Silvera (M), Chimedum Ohaegbu, Jon Lasser, Eva L. Elasigue Friday Representation Matters 5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Cascade 10 Gabriel de los Angeles (M), Jasmine Silvera, Tess Wilder Putting the Romance back in Necromancy: Sex in Horror 8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Cascade 9 Jasmine Silvera (M), Julie McGalliard, Jon Lasser, Patrick Hurley Saturday Want to be an Editor?…

Overthinking Lyrics: Duran Duran: Girls on Film

Welcome back to our ongoing series, Overthinking Lyrics! Lindsey and Julie listen far too closely to another Duran Duran song. This time, it’s Girls on Film. Lindsey Witch: Girls on Film, one of their bigger early hits, was pretty controversial due to the video. Julie Witch: Even without the video I always assumed it was about porn. Or about how modeling might as well be porn. LW: Yeah, the song is a tad racy. The video flies past racy to weird with naked women. The full version has nudity, and even the one they could show on MTV has suggestive…

This Is Not A Halloween Blog About Vampires

It’s that time of year, I know: the spooky season.  Goth Christmas, if you will.

What kind of goth? That’s a silly question.  Now where was I?

Oh, yes, it’s the time of year when the world is full of ghosts and pumpkins, witches and spiders. When creepies are crawling everywhere, and vampires are moving among the mortals.

But this is not a blog post about vampires.


Write-a-thon update!

Pictured above: some of my notebooks from the 2006 Clarion West writing worksh0p. (I’ve been doing bullet journals for a long time, baby!) Also, I write about editing, over here at

Hugo Squee: Part I

It’s time for everyone in our little literary corner of the world to think about the Hugo Awards, and all the nominees for this year. The Word Witches weigh in on some items they like, an ongoing series: Aynjel: “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad from Uncanny Magazine September/October 2017 If you’ve missed your daily dose of robot feels, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is the story you need to remedy that problem.  This story’s got 50s-style boxy robots, a fictional anime series and the fandom that surrounds it, including a fan fiction website.  And you…

The werewolf of Sorrow Hall

This idea tickled me so much I took it as a writing prompt: Okay but now I want to do an anthology of SFF pulp stories that all begin with a college lit prof in a bad marriage in love with his student. In one story, she's a succubus. In another, she's a serial killer. In another, they're abducted by aliens. Title: THE KING OF SORROW HALL. — Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) March 9, 2018 I knew instantly what kind of story she was talking about, because I was once a young female lit student. I never had any male…