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The Echo Collector

"we must eff the ineffable"

11 February
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"Ashlyme the portrait painter...kept a diary...He was a strange little man to have got the sort of reputation he had. At first sight his clients, who often described themselves as victims, thought little of him."

- M. John Harrison, "In Viriconium"

Mat. Grumpy geek from the English Midlands; queer/genderfluid, polyamorous, feminist, kink-positive; vegetarian, atheist with pagan tendencies. Writer of weird fiction and speculative poetry. Fond of Art Nouveau, Doctor Who, old synthesisers, fantasy fiction, and natural history. Dislikes rightwingers, crowds. Resembles a smallish Jarvis Cocker. Natural habitats: canals, real ale pubs, second-hand bookshops. Can be recognised by the trail of liquorice cigarette papers, spilt tea, and bad puns.

Please feel free to add me; I'll likely add you back. The journal's usually only friends-locked if I'm roadtesting, or talking about more "sensitive" issues. I suffer from anxiety disorders and depression, so expect to see that come up here.

A rough bibliography:


South of Autumn, Never Again (Gray Friar Press, 2010).

Ashes In The Water, co-written with Joel Lane,Postscripts 24/25: The New and Perfect Man (PS Publishing, 2011), reprinted in Wilde Stories 2012 (Lethe Press).

The Mummers' Boy,Sein Und Werden: Metropolis, October 2011.

The Ash Singer, Not One Of Us #48, October 2012.

For Nein Sicks, with Jason Rolfe and Rhys Hughes, Sein Und Werden: Exquisite Corpse, Spring 20


The Mirrors Were Gardens, The Cafe Irreal #46, May 201


The Turning Track, with Rosanne Rabinowitz, Rustblind and Silverbright (Eibonvale Press, June 2013).

The Fernery, Not One Of Us #50, October 2013.

A Portrait In Rust, Not One Of Us, April 2014.

The Drowned Carnival, The Dispossessed and Other Weird Tales (Rose of Eibon Press, forthcoming, 2014).


Sepia, Through The Gate #1, September 2012.


All The Mari's Parties, Strange Horizons, October 2012.


The Jackdaw, Married, Goblin Fruit, Winter 2013.


A Black Dog, Stone Telling #9, February 2013.


Navigations and A Wake For Tesla,Through The Gate #3, April 20


And Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound, Strange Horizons, September 20


Nash At Wittenham, Not One Of Us #50.

The Nerve Harp, Stone Telling #10.

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