Ash wednesday comes around once more and this extract from Susses Tales tells of the ancient custom passed down among Sussex school children for generations!
At the bottom of the lane I slowed by the small copse that separated our lane from the main farm road. I dropped my bike on the verge and surveyed the woodland’s edge. Fortunately for me this section of frith had yet to be cleared and there were plenty of saplings to be raided. I jumped across the ditch and grabbed onto a young ash standing proud from the mass of newly emerging green. It took only a moment or two to select a couple of growing tips; slender and smooth and grey, their foliage still encased in cool black buds that looked for all the world like the hooves of tiny goats.
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‘Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…’
That line has been running through my head all of this morning, and though Scott doubtless had specific thoughts of lust and betrayal at its heart when he first penned Marmion (which is, after all, essentially crime fiction), I’ve always thought it apt for writers in general; and increasingly so as I wade into the murky waters of historical crime fiction.
To my mind, the entire raison d’être of fiction writers is to deceive their audience. Deceive them into believing that which is being laid out before them is ‘true’, at least within itself. Even the fantasy writer must construct a world that is true to itself within its own bubble, because if that writer does not know what is true or possible in that universe, they will never be able to persuade a reader that the people and places they have created just may exist, somewhere out there, in another time and place. Continue reading
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One of the most frequently asked questions from people who first see my Fables and Fabrications collection is ‘why the cat?’ Continue reading
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In need of a little brightness today so I am highlighting two slightly comic stories from the fourteen included in Fables and Fabrications.
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The fabulous Crime and SF news and reviews site Murder Mayhem and More is running a giveaway on Facebook for a Fables and Fabrications extract as below! *Note – you need to go to this Murder Mayhem and More page to enter!
FABLES & FABRICATIONS by Jan Edwards is out this week. To celebrate its publication, we have an exclusive prize-draw competition to #win an#ebook edition of ‘Midnight Twilight’ – one of the 14 tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre included in this anthology.
Who is the distant figure who drives his sled across the arctic snowscape in the midnight hour? Is he man or myth? Find out in the bitter chill of isolation in ‘Midnight Twilight’
Like and/or Share the post over at the Murder Mayhem and More page and you’ll be in with a chance to win.
In Fables & Fabrications, Jan Edwards leads us through a world where nothing is as it seems, from the arctic wastes of Norway to a fun-filled evening at the fair. Shape changers, ancient spirits and crafty cats all play their crucial parts in stories that unsettle and disturb the reader’s perception.
Chosen from Jan’s back catalogue of horror and dark fantasy, these stories are collected here for the first time in one volume, enhanced by a sprinkling of verse. ‘Midnight Twilight’ is just one of these tales – and it’s one you could win…
This is a worldwide draw. Competition closes midnight 6 May 2016.
Good luck! Come back and check on May 7th and 8th to see if you’ve won.
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