Author Archives: Amal El-Mohtar

2015 in Creative Work

I started writing this on Twelfth Night. It’s now February 1st. But I treat Imbolc as my own personal New Year, so with the agony that was January firmly in the past, I want to take a good long look … Continue reading

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ConFusion Schedule – All the Panels

January has thus far been a sack of hammers to the face. I am behind on everything and can’t stop anything. So here, in lieu of anything thoughtful or reflecting, is the lengthy list of panels I’ll be on at … Continue reading

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Bewitching Bios in THE BESTIARY

So I have a story in Ann VanderMeer’s Bestiary anthology, about invisible grief-eating leeches called Weialalaleia. That’s not the important thing. In addition to writing stories, the contributors of the anthology were asked to write semi-fictional bios to accompany them. Those … Continue reading

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Lightspeed Column: RADIANCE, THE BURIED GIANT, BONE SWANS

My Lightspeed column for the December issue is now online! I take a look at Catherynne M. Valente’s Radiance, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, and CSE Cooney’s debut collection Bone Swans.  My rationale for reviewing these wonderfully varied books together is the strong fairy tale through-line … Continue reading

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NPR Books Concierge: Best Books of 2015

Behold this magnificent enterprise! This is NPR’s guide to the Best Books of 2015. You can search by tag for something you’d like, or just browse aimlessly and gaze at the pretty covers. I do both. Below are the recs … Continue reading

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The Starlit Wood Anthology

Just about a year ago, my now-husband, then-fiancé’s niece asked me to tell her a fairy tale. I made one up, liberally mashing “The Black Bull of Norroway” with “The Glass Mountain” in order to tell her a story about girls … Continue reading

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End-of-Year Reviews, SF Mind Meld and a Beast of a StoryBundle

We made it to December. I get a bit breathless thinking of how much work there’s still to do before the end of the year — but it’s also a great time to pause and reflect on the year’s reading. … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Uncanny Duel with Max Gladstone

We bit our thumbs. We bit them at each other. We put up our swords, and today, we put up also our videos. Some months ago during Uncanny Magazine‘s Year Two Kickstarter, Max Gladstone and I pledged to make duelling silly videos. … Continue reading

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NPR Review – LUNGDON by Edward Carey

First there was Heap House. Then there was Foulsham. Now the final volume of Edward Carey’s exceptional Iremonger trilogy has been released, and I’ve reviewed it for NPR Books. Lungdon is relentless. Peril piles on peril, points of view tilt and whirl, and … Continue reading

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WFC 2015 – Revisiting

In 2007, I took my first solo road trip: a five-hour jaunt from Ottawa to Saratoga Springs, there to attend the World Fantasy Convention and room with people I only knew from the internet. I was 22, had been publishing Goblin … Continue reading

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