Author Archives: vhleslie

Arthur Rackham’s 150th Birthday Celebration

19 September 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Arthur Rackham’s birth. Rackham (1867- 1939) was one of the leading illustrators in Britain’s ‘Golden Age’ of book illustration, and his works are still hugely popular today. He is linked to Bateman’s, … Continue reading

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Old Water, New Waves: Thresholds

Reading Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ marked an important moment in my literary life. It cemented my interest in gender studies and inspired my first short story, ‘Ulterior Design’ which was published in Black Static # 21. The rest … Continue reading

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Shadows & Tall Trees 7

After a three-year hiatus, Shadows and Tall Trees is back! Undertow Books has been busy in the interim, publishing four collections of short stories (from Eric Schaller, D.P. Watt, Sunny Moraine and myself) three volumes of Year’s Best Weird Fiction, … Continue reading

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Peter Tennant’s Case Notes: A Sense of Unease

I have long been a fan of Peter Tennant’s Case Notes series in Black Static, which has undoubtedly set the standard for critical reviewing. So, you can imagine my excitement (and nervousness) at the prospect that my short story collection, … Continue reading

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History Today

I’m delighted that my article on Fallen Women appears in January’s issue of History Today magazine. Based on much of the research I carried out for Bodies of Water, my article looks specifically at the Foundling Hospital and the narratives that … Continue reading

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Portsmouth Darkfest

Portsmouth Darkfest, a month-long creative celebration of the supernatural has just begun. Developed in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth and the Supernatural Cities Project and Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, the series of events, including readings, talks, exhibitions, book launches and … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead IV

  It’s that time of year again, when the Portsmouth writing scene prepares to welcome All Hallows’ Eve with a night of chilling tales. I’ll be reading alongside local writers and performers at the historic Square Tower, Broad Street on … Continue reading

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