Author Archives: Marie Loughin

About Marie Loughin

I love reading, writing, and editing speculative fiction of all sorts. My current focus is on writing contemporary fantasy, where I get to play god with characters from myth and legend. My Norse-based urban fantasy, Valknut: The Binding, is available at Kindle Books and other e-book retailers. You can find me at my blog (marieloughin.com) and on Twitter (@mmloughin).

Ray Bradbury — How do I begin?

I don’t have a real post today. Nor do I have time to write one. But I saw in the news that Ray Bradbury has died and had to say something. How do I begin? I could get lost talking … Continue reading

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Books I Want to be Buried With

A while back, I ranted about the digitization of literature. Soon we won’t even keep our electronic files in our homes, anymore. Everything will be stored in “the cloud,” an undefined somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not against e-books. … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Aniko Carmean’s Stolen Climates (Or “I’ll take a little myth in my horror, thank you.”)

After spending so much time thinking about the horror genre over the last couple of weeks (here, here, and here), this seems like a good time to talk about some actual horror by Aniko Carmean. At least, in my opinion, … Continue reading

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Horror – the Ultimate Definition (Yeah, right.)

Over the past week, the members of TESSpecFic* have posted their various opinions on the question: “What is horror.” And the opinions have been various, indeed! After six thoughtful, intelligent discussions, I’m still no closer to being able to make … Continue reading

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Genre Confusion: Just what the heck is “Horror,” anyway, and how is it different from Dark Fantasy?

There is a ridiculous array of subgenre choices and mash-ups to choose from when trying to describe a work of fantasy fiction. Those of you who follow my blog know that I have done some heavy thinking about genres, the … Continue reading

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Ruminations on “Cabin in the Woods” and Chocolate

I had a big day, yesterday. I went out for a movie and then went to a fabulous chocolate buffet. Yes, this is my idea of a big day. Before you get around to deciding whether to envy the excitement of … Continue reading

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A #luckyseven peek at my fiction

Here’s a new thing for me: Jonathan Allen, friend and fellow member of The Emissaries of Strange, recently tagged* me to participate in #luckyseven. Since this is a nice opportunity for readers to sample my novel and stories, I thought … Continue reading

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Puppy, day 2: The nervous breakdown

Here is my new puppy. Don’t be fooled by his adorableness. He is a vibrating, finger-biting, cat-harassing, carpet-pooping little monster. That charming curlicue tail is fuzz-covered worm set on a barbed hook. Those soulful little eyes issue commands like a drill … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Night Circus and Angelfall (plus a bonus)

As I said in my last post, it’s been a busy year for me so far. I’ve not had time to read much, but these three stories were noteworthy enough to review. Night Circus  by Erin Morgenstern Available in hard … Continue reading

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A word about John Carter and some news

My apologies for my irregular posting. Trust me, that’s not the only thing that I’ve been irregular at, lately. (Hey, what – no. That’s not what I mean, guys.) I do have an excuse. In addition to my usual paying … Continue reading

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