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Maura McHugh
writer, feminist, geek
writer, feminist, geek

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What a lovely cover for Respectable Horror, a new anthology from +Fox Spirit, edited by +K. A. Laity. My story 'Spooky Girl' is in it.

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I recently received the deluxe edition of the anthology The Madness of Dr Caligari, edited by Joe Pulver, published by Fedogan and Bremer, encased in a slip cover, signed by all the contributors, and with beautiful artwork on the inside pages by Harry O. Morris. What a beauty!

I'm so pleased to have a story in this volume.

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New blog post - Resistance is Fruitful

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I’m pleased to say that I’m part of the jury for the 2017 Animate Europe comic book competition, organised by Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

This is the third round of the competition and its theme this time is ‘Re-Animate Europe’.

Here’s what it’s all about:

"After many external crises and internal shake-ups, from the migration crisis to Brexit to a lack of trust, the once strong and confident body of the European Union seems tattered and tired.

The European heartbeat has lost its rhythm.

How can we help to get Europe back on its feet?

Who or what will be the healer, who can find the magic potion for Europe’s ailing heart?

Share your vision with us – send us your „medication“ for a healthy European heartbeat!

Anyone is welcome to participate in “Re-Animate Europe”.

All you have to do is to send us the first page of your graphic short story, together with a summary of your story and the entry form.

Please send it by email to by Sunday, 5 February 2017.

End of February, our seven-head strong international expert jury will select seven finalists who will then be asked to finish an eight-page graphic short story by Monday, 22. May 2017. The finalists will receive a grant of 800€. Their entries will be published in an anthology at the end of the competition and they will travel around Europe in form of a travelling exhibition.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 11 July 2017 at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre in Brussels and will receive a prize of €500."

More information about the competition is on the web site.

The jury consists of: Maura McHugh (Ireland) Kalle Hakkola (Finland), Andreas C. Kniggeknigge (Germany), Mélanie Andrieu (French/ living in Belgium), Gert Jan Pos (Netherlands), Tobias Dahmen (German/ living in the Netherlands), and Valérie Constant (Belgium).

I’m very much looking forward to reading through the entries with my fellow jurists.

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I’m giving a lecture on 'Working the Blue Rose Case: Signs, Codes, and Mysteries in David Lynch’s FIRE WALK WITH ME', organised by the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in London.

My talk will take place from 7pm – 10pm on 8 December 2016, in the Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD.

Tickets cost £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs

It will be a good time to re-familiarise yourself with the weird occupants and sinister goings-on in the Twin Peaks world in advance to the next series of the show, which will be broadcast in 2017.

MIHS is a ‘community-based organisation that offers university-level history, theory and production-based workshops for people of all ages. The Miskatonic is a non-profit endeavour through which established horror writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective.’

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I've won the ICN Award 2015 for the Best Writer Published Outside of Ireland. It's a wonderful shock, and many thanks to everyone who voted for me. I'm so pleased. Congratulations to all the winners, and the nominees.

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The trade paperback collection of Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder is out today! You can buy it in any good comic book store, or online on a variety of outlets.

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I won Best Irish Writer (comics) in The Arcade Awards. Many thanks to those who voted for me, and to my comic book teammates.

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The National Film Board of Canada has green-lit the production of a short stop-motion animated film based on my short story 'Bone Mother'. It's being adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward (via their animation company See Creature).

#stop-motion #animation #film  

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Issue 5 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland is out today from +Dark Horse Comics. 
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