December in Scotland is beautiful and terrible. The sun sets at 4 PM, the rain is freezing, the sun is a pipe dream. But walking my dog at 7 AM means I can see the sunrise, pink  and purple with the University’s tower a dark silhouette against the colour. And the city is all decked out for Chrismas. I bought a tiny sparkly Christmas tree from Waitrose and was filled with so much joy, I nearly forgot to pick up my free coffee. There’s a word for Scotland in December: sublime.

A lot has happened and a lot is going on.

Firstly, please please attend a charity fundraising gig at Stereo on 7 December, 7 – 11 PM. We’ve got four awesome local musical acts, and Stereo is a cool place, complete with bar and vegan cafe. Support Uncovered Artistry, which sells the artisan work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. RSVP via Facebook.

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Secondly, Crooked Holster published a horror story of mine in their crime anthology. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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From Glasgow to Saturn will also be publishing a few things of mine, including poetry.

And like a real serious academic, I’m presenting a paper on surrealism, fairy tales, and horror at the Edinburgh Fantasy and Folklore Conference.

I’m pretty — what’s the word? – chuffed.

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Angie Spoto is an American fiction writer and poet. Writers who inspire her include Angela Carter, Leonora Carrington, and Ursua Le Guin. Her most recent endeavours include a lyrical essay about her Italian family, a horror fairy tale, and a supernatural crime novel.

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