Reviews and Interviews
“With sawdust surrealism and subversion worthy of Angela Carter, Ever Dundas creates an instant classic of modern mythology… War is, as we are often told, a place where humanity becomes bestial. In Goblin, animals are the better angels of our nature, the innocent, the sacrificed, the shunned, the broken and the kind. Goblin – a person put down and berated – can intuit that the animal is sometimes more human than humans.”
– Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday.
“Part outcast, part shaman, Goblin plays her assigned role to perfection, consistently refusing to be defined by any terms other than her own. Behind a gorgeous front cover – the work of the author’s husband, Paul Wilson – Dundas presents us with an iconic protagonist: a powerful imaginative force who looks beyond the façade of 20th Century Britain and sees a fairy tale of lizard kings and dolls with shrews’ heads.”
– Alastair Mabbott, The Herald.
“Written from the point of view of the ‘disadvantaged,’ society’s rejects, the homeless, the elderly, the rough and ready East End poor, Goblin is a story of the fringes; it dwells in the cracks in the pavement, in underground places, in netherworlds existing in the ordinary world, in wounds, open or scarred. Normality is a side show.”
– Isobel Blackthorn, Shiny New Books.
“I was really shocked by the way people thought of pets as disposable. It was estimated that 26 per cent of the animals in London were killed.”
– Why Pets Were The First Victims of War, interview in The Times.
“The power of imagination and storytelling can help you cope with things you wouldn’t otherwise, because if Goblin hadn’t had her own fantasy world I don’t think she would have survived. I think it transmutes the poison [of trauma]. Storytelling is really important in helping us understand our lives.”
– an interview by Alan Bett in The Skinny.
“So much about gender is limiting, wasted potential, and violence; those who don’t conform are seen as ‘other’, as ‘monstrous’, as ‘it’. Without an easy reading of gender, we find it easy to dehumanise.”
– a feature I wrote on The Problems of Gender and Language in The Skinny.