Essays

Essays Online

The Work of Writing
Guilt and Shame for Writers
The Invention of the Modern Monster
Into the Dark Forest: The Fairy Tale Heroine’s Journey
Craft and Art
Having a Purpose
Your Secret Story
Writers and Families
Planting a Magical Garden
Top 10 Fantasy Love Stories
Long Sentences
A Brief History of Monsters
Vampires in Folklore and Literature
The Femme Fatale at the Fin-de-Siècle
Why Go to the Museum?
Writing My Mother’s Ghosts
Hungarian Fairies

Essays Collected

Voices from Fairyland: The Fantastical Poems of Mary Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, and Sylvia Townsend Warner, Aqueduct Press, 2008.  Includes essays on three important women poets with a selection of their poems, and some of mine.

Essays Published

The Work of Writing,” SFWA Blog, April 12, 2016.

Guilt and Shame for Writers,” SFWA Blog, January 5, 2016.

“Dear Alice,” Letters to Tiptree, 2015.

“The Fin-de-Siècle Monster,” Story 2, 2015. LitHub, July 28, 2015 (as “The Invention of the Modern Monster“).

Into the Dark Forest: The Fairy Tale Heroine’s Journey,” Faerie Magazine 30, Spring 2015.

Craft and Art,”  SFWA Blog, February 10, 2014.

Having a Purpose,” SFWA Blog, October 24, 2013.

“Listening to Krao: What the Freak and Monster Tell Us,” Conjunctions 59, Fall 2012.

Your Secret Story,” SFWA Blog, October 12, 2012.

Writers and Families,” SFWA Blog, August 02, 2012.

Planting a Magical Garden,” Cabinet des Fées, May 2012.

Top 10 Fantasy Love Stories,” Huffington Post, February 14, 2012.

Long Sentences,” SFWA Blog, January 19, 2012.

“The Myth and Magic of Narnia,” Realms of Fantasy, October 2011.

A Brief History of Monsters,” Realms of Fantasy, August 2011.  Weird Fiction Review, March 2012.

“Fairies and Fairylands,” Realms of Fantasy, June 2011.

Vampires in Folklore and Literature,” Realms of Fantasy, April 2011.

The Femme Fatale at the Fin-de-Siècle,” Realms of Fantasy, February 2011.

Why Go to the Museum?“, SFWA Blog, December 17, 2010.

“Strange Faces,” Weird Tales 356 (“Uncanny Beauty: A Celebration of the Eerily Sensuous”), Summer 2010 .

Writing My Mother’s Ghosts,” Clarkesworld Magazine 23, August 2008.  Mithila Review 3, May 2016.

Hungarian Fairies,” Journal of Mythic Arts, Summer-Fall 2006. Realms of Fantasy, June 2008.