“If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you.”
– Henry Rollins
My first novel, Goblin (shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award 2017), was published in May 2017. Described as Ian McEwan’s Atonement meets Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Goblin is set between the past and present with magical realist elements. Goblin is an outcast girl growing up in London during World War II. Having been rejected by her mother, she leads a feral life with a gang of young children amidst the craters of London’s Blitz. After witnessing a shocking event she increasingly takes refuge in a self-constructed but magical imaginary world. In 2011, a chance meeting and an unwanted phone call compels an elderly Goblin to return to London amidst the riots and face the ghosts of her past.
I’m a writer specialising in the weird and macabre, with Queer Theory (problematizing the ‘normal’) forming the backbone of my work. I write literary fiction, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. I gained a Creative Writing Masters with Distinction from Edinburgh Napier University in 2011, and I have a First Class Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Queen Margaret University. I have had several short stories published and my work has been shortlisted for awards. I’m currently working on my second novel, HellSans, a science fiction thriller.
I am represented by Jenny Brown.
My favourite writer is Shirley Jackson and I’m just a little bit obsessed with actor and writer Dirk Bogarde.
Facebook: Ever RA Dundas
I do collage and photography, which you can find here: Stillicidious Stars.
Dean, The Strange and the Ordinary, 26 August 2017
SK Farrell, 20 July 2017
Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday, 2 June 2017
Alastair Mabbott, The Herald, 19 May 2017
Isobel Blackthorn, Shiny New Books, 18 May 2017
Lisa Guidarini, Glasgow Review of Books, 16 August 2017
Eris Young, The Fountain, 8 August 2017
Kevin Quinn, Midlothian Advertiser, 28 July 2017
Magnus Linklater, The Times, 20 May 2017
Alan Bett,The Skinny, 10 May 2017
Ryan Vance,The Queen’s Head, Oct 25 2015
Publications and Awards:
Biagio Cargnio – published in The Yellow Booke by Oldstyle Press, April 2017
HellSans – published in Gutter 16, March 2017
Northern Lights – published by Aethor and Ichor, January 2017
Pure – Leopardskin and Limes, October 2016
Borderline – shortlisted for the Jupiter Artland Inspired to Write competition, 2015/16
Wire – published in The Queen’s Head volume 7, October 2015
The Company Report – published on Inkitt, August 2015
Touch – longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award 2015
She’s A Liquid – published on Inkitt, June 2015
The Cake Tree – 3rd place in the Inkitt horror competition, February 2015
Miss West’s Requisitions – won the Dark Tales horror story competition, Feb 2015. To be published in ‘Mortis – Abominations’ in Nov 2016
Freud Is Dead – published in Gutter 11, August 2014
Wire – published in New Writing Scotland 32, July 2014
Pure – published in New Writing Scotland 30, July 2012
The Book Lover – included in the Festival of Erotic Arts, June 2012
Wire – shortlisted for the Aeon Award 2011
The Cake Tree – published in Duality 6, Dec 2011
She’s A Liquid – published online by Wily Writers Nov 2010 and in their anthology ‘Future Imperfect’ 2012
Connect – runner-up in the Edinburgh University Science Fiction Short Story Competition 2010
Frankenstein’s Children: Here Be Monsters And They Are Glorious, TQU, 31 Oct 2017
Ode to Charles Burns and Emil Ferris, The Unsung Letter, 18 Oct 2017
The Place of Strange New Things, my ode to libraries for Edinburgh City of Literature, July 2017
The Problems with Gender and Language, The Skinny, 28 April 2017
The Bisexual Visibility Experiment, Dec 2015
Choke – The Undertow, May 2016
I Still Believe In My Childhood Dreams, Scottish Book Trust – ‘Journeys’, 2015
Shirley Jackson’s The Witch, Thresholds Short Story Forum, Oct 2014
Thievery – a piece about the inspiration for my short story The Cake Tree, Mar 2014
Heart Is Where The Home Is, Scottish Book Trust – ‘Home’, 2014
Heart In A Box, Scottish Book Trust – ‘Treasures’, 2013
Dreaming St Conan’s Kirk, Scottish Book Trust – ‘My Favourite Place’, 2012
I was a freelance book reviewer for The List. You can read my reviews here.
The Arts Journal – freelance Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012 event reviews.
Lick My Words: Angela Carter’s The Erl King – shortlisted for the Thresholds International Feature Writing Competition 2012
Gregg Araki – shortlisted for the Women on Film Sight and Sound competition 2011
Interrobang’s ‘Lost In Space’ event
The Biscuit Factory, 29th April 2017
‘The Company Report’
Edinburgh City of Literature’s Story Shop 2012
Edinburgh International Book Festival, 22nd August 2012
‘Miss West’s Requisitions’
Illicit Ink’s ‘Love Sick’ event
Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 13th February 2011
Edinburgh Napier University Creative Writing Masters Manifesto performance
Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh, 24th July 2010.
Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, 9th August 2010.
Bongo Club, Illicit Ink’s ‘Toys’, December 2013.
Inspiration, Influence, Corruption:
Angela Carter, Shirley Jackson, Simon de Beauvoir, Mary Shelly, Manic Street Preachers, Octave Mirbeau, feminism, Max Ernst, J.G. Ballard, Ann Leckie, The Raveonettes, PJ Harvey, Charles Burns, Queer Theory, Patrick McCabe, Oscar Wilde, Saki, Lady Gaga, Patricia MacCormack, the bible, Michel Foucault, Tori Amos, Donna Haraway, David Lynch, Hannah Hoch, Judith Butler, Bob Flanagan, FK Alexander, Cindy Sherman, Arthur C Clarke, Nine Inch Nails, Harold Pinter, Don McCullin, Chuck Palahniuk, Diane Arbus, Gregg Araki, slime mould, Terry Gilliam, Dirk Bogarde, Arthur C Clarke, Isabelle Huppert, weird arthouse films and horror films (Nowhere, Mysterious Skin, Doom Generation, Re-animator, Dagon, Evil Dead, Feast, Dead and Buried, Rec, City of the Dead, The Beyond, Housebound, Videodrome, Eyes Without A Face, The Mansion of the Doomed (or as I call it – Faces Without Eyes), El Espejo de la Bruja (The Witch’s Mirror), They Live, The Fog, The Mist, Black Sunday/Mask of Satan, The Invitation, Theatre of Blood, The Paperboy, Under the Skin, Maps To The Stars, Stoker, High Rise)