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K.A. Laity

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Professional dilettante, arcane artist, all-purpose writer, Fulbrighter, uberskiver, medievalist, Sister in Crime, History Witch at Pagan Square, Pirate Pub Captain ☠ currently anchored in Dundee, Scotland · http://www.kalaity.com

Works include WHITE RABBIT, EXTRICATE, the HARD-BOILED WITCH series, A CUT-THROAT BUSINESS, LUSH SITUATION, OWL STRETCHING, CHASTITY FLAME, UNQUIET DREAMS, ROOK CHANT, PELZMANTEL, DREAM BOOK, CON-EIRE as well as editor of MY WANDERING UTERUS, DRAG NOIR, WEIRD NOIR and NOIR CARNIVAL. Writer of a wide variety of stories, essays, plays, and humour pieces. Also writes as Kit Marlowe (historical romance) & Graham Wynd (noir). Music as Victoria Squid & Higora,
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K.A. Laity WHITE RABBIT started with the phrase "luminiferous ether" which I wrote down on a piece of paper while I was at an event on Ghost Trains in Hackney fe…moreWHITE RABBIT started with the phrase "luminiferous ether" which I wrote down on a piece of paper while I was at an event on Ghost Trains in Hackney featuring Sarah Angliss of Space Dog. Then I threw in some noir, a bit of Blue Sunshine, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, a lot of Alice in Wonderland and some music by The Fall. Agitated wildly in the cocktail shaker of my brain and voilá.(less)
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“Some are born brilliant, some have brilliance thrust upon them -- and others cower in the dark crying, "It burns! It burns!”
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“Ink, a Drug.”
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I do not like my state of mind;
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I hate my legs, I hate my hands,
I do not yearn for lovelier lands.
I dread the dawn's recurrent light;
I hate to go to bed at night.
I snoot at simple, earnest folk.
I cannot take the gentlest joke.
I find no peace in paint or type.
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For what I think, I'd be arrested.
I am not sick, I am not well.
My quondam dreams are shot to hell.
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore;
I do not like me any more.
I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse.
I ponder on the narrow house.
I shudder at the thought of men....
I'm due to fall in love again.”
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