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Helen Marshall (manuscriptgal.com) is an award-winning 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, she released a collection of poems entitled Skeleton Leaves from Kelp Queen Press and her collection of short stories Hair Side, Flesh Side was released from ChiZine Publications in 2012. This collection won the 2013 British Fantasy Sydney J. Bounds Award and was short-listed for a 2013 Aurora Award for Best Related Work. It was named one of the top ten F/SF books of 2012 by January Magazine. Her second fiction collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After launched in September 2014.

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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Gifts for the One Who Comes...
4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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The Sex Lives of Monsters
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Skeleton Leaves: A Collection
4.85 of 5 stars 4.85 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2011
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Sanditon: Short Story
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Supply Limited, Act Now
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Blessed: Short Story
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"Marshall's second collection both fulfills and exceeds the promise of her first. The horrors are personal in these seventeen effective tales, and the fantastic elements are dark and disturbing. I've previously likened Marshall's work to Kelly Link..." Read more of this review »
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Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall
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The stories in this collection purport to explore the human condition by juxtaposing supernatural elements with ordinary interactions. Marshall succeeds in weaving compelling tales that frequently leave the reader brea..." Read more of this review »
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The Waste Lands by Stephen King
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A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
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A stunning debut -- Holsinger captures the chaotic and vivacious energy of fourteenth-century London. His extraordinary attention to detail and his mastery of voice combine to create a thrilling narrative capable of delivering the strange wonders of ...more
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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.
A language that will survive through the ages.
A language that will crack open the heart of readers like a hazelnut.”
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