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Helen Marshall (manuscriptgal.com) is an author, editor, and bibliophile.

Her poetry and short fiction have been published in The Chiaroscuro, Paper Crow, Abyss & Apex, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and Tor.com. In 2011, released a collection of poems entitled Skeleton Leaves from Kelp Queen Press and her collection of short stories Hair Side, Flesh Side were released from ChiZine Publications in 2012. This collection has been short-listed for a 2013 British Fantasy Sydney J. Bounds Award and a 2013 Aurora Award for Best Related Work. It was named one of the top ten F/SF books of 2012 by January Magazine.

Currently, she is pursuing a Ph. D in medieval studies at the University of Toronto, for which she spends a great deal of her time...more


Last summer Helen attended the Clarion West writer’s workshop. For her, this meant six glorious weeks of writing and critiquing; for me, this meant six glorious weeks free of writer-drama.

So, to help all the writer spouses, friends and family out there, here is my foul-mouthed guide for surviving writers.

1. Writers are assholes.

As Helen said, 90% of being a writer is being an asshole. And it’s... Read more of this blog post »
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Hair Side, Flesh Side
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The Hanging Game
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The Sex Lives of Monsters
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Skeleton Leaves: A Collection
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Sanditon: Short Story
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Blessed: Short Story
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“Every writer dreams of a perfect language. Every writer dreams of a language that obeys, that comes to heel. For some this language is spare and pure, pared down to reveal essential truths without ornament or obfuscation. For others it is devilish and twisting, folding back over itself to create layers of meaning, shades of nuance.
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