“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

Goblin publicity flyer Saraband 0v4 150dpi

Described as Atonement meets Pan’s Labyrinth, my debut novel, Goblin (winner of the Saltire First Book Award 2017), was first published by Freight in May 2017 and was re-released by Saraband in December 2017.

Goblin is an oddball and an outcast. But she’s also a dreamer, a bewitching raconteur, a tomboy adventurer whose spirit can never be crushed. Running feral in World War II London, Goblin witnesses the carnage of the Blitz and sees things that can never be unseen, but can be suppressed. She finds comfort in her beloved animal companions and lives on her wits, exploring a fantastical world of Lizard Kings and Martians and joining the circus.
In 2011, London is burning once again, and an elderly Goblin reluctantly returns to the city. Amidst the chaos of the riots, she must dig up the events of her childhood in search of a harrowing truth. But where lies truth after a lifetime of finding solace in an extraordinary imagination, where the distinction between illusion and reality has possibly been lost forever?

Goblin Saltire Winner
Goblin – Saltire Society First Book of the Year 2017 (I don’t know what the artichoke line is about either, but I like it’s bizarreness…)

About Me

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 recently completed my second novel, HellSans, a science fiction thriller.

I am represented by Jenny Brown.

My favourite writers are Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, Charles Burns, and China Mieville. I’m just a little bit obsessed with actor and writer Dirk Bogarde.

Twitter: @EverDundas
Instagram: everdundas

Goblin Reviews:

Blogs and magazines:

The Quiet Knitter by Kate Noble, 2 Feb 2018
Matt Holland
, 31 Jan 2018
The Skinny
by Ross McIndoe, 5 Jan 2018
Scots Whay Hae! Best of 2017 podcast, 20 Dec 2017
Disclaimer Mag by Megan Kenny, 15 Dec 2017
DURA by Jed Edwards, Dec 2017
Live and Deadly by Mary Picken, 8 Dec 2017
The Skinny Christmas Books Gift Guide by Ross McIndoe, 4 Dec 2017
Scots Whay Hae! by Alistair Braidwood, 28 November 2017
The Strange and the Ordinary by Dean Muscat, 26 August 2017
SK Farrell
, 20 July 2017
Shiny New Books by Isobel Blackthorn, 18 May 2017


The Guardian by Peter Ross, 6 Dec 2017
Scotland on Sunday by Stuart Kelly, 2 June 2017
The Herald by Alastair Mabbott, 19 May 2017

Interviews/Event Panels/Resources:

How To Make Online Events Accessible, Scottish Book Trust Industry Lab, April 2021
Why disabled artists can’t go back to normal, Scotland On Sunday, Dani Garavelli, 6 Dec 2020
Writing Disability In Fiction, Book Week Scotland, 21 Nov 2020 (transcript)
20/20 Visibility In Publishing, Society of Young Publishers, 28 June 2020
Fiction Friday, The Common Breath, 10 July 2020
What Libraries Mean To Me, Hope Whitmore, 8 April 2020
Divergent, Darren Gibson, 23 April 2019
Plant Based News, Not Just What’s On Your Plate: How Veganism Is Changing The Arts, Alex Lockwood, 1 November 2018
The Herald, Peter Ross, 18 August 2018
QMU Alumni Interview, May 2018
Dundee University Review of the Arts, Jed Edwards, 20 March 2018 (took place Oct 2017)
Knight Errant Press, Meet the Humans, 20 February 2018
Edi Stark’s Winter Weekend, BBC Radio, 1 Dec 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:


No One Belongs Here But Us – published in Mycelia issue 1, November 2018
Miss West’s Requisitions
– published in Bloodbath Lit Zine Issue 1: Bodies, October 2018
HellSans – published in Gutter 16, March 2017
Northern Lights
– published by Aethor and Ichor, January 2017
– Leopardskin and Limes, October 2016
Borderline – shortlisted for the Jupiter Artland Inspired to Write competition, 2015/16
Wirepublished 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 Bloodbath lit zine in Oct 2018
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


The Stillness of Dirk Bogarde, centenary celebration, the official Dirk Bogarde website, March 2021
Sanctuary in Imagine A Country, published by Canongate March 2020
What Is To Come in The Freedom Papers, published by Gutter for EIBF, August 2018
Authentic(ated) Author – Writing and (Gender) Identity in F, M or Other – Quarrels With The Gender Binary anthology, Knight Errant Press, May 2018
Dreaming St Conan’s Kirk, Burning Eye Press, April 2018
Self-Harm Triptych in ‘Power’, 404 Ink, Dec 2017
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
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

Inspiration, Influence, Corruption:

Angela Carter, Shirley Jackson, Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Shelley, Manic Street Preachers, Octave Mirbeau, feminism, Max Ernst, Nirvana, J.G. Ballard, Suede, Ann Leckie, China Mieville, The Raveonettes, PJ Harvey, Charles Burns, Queer Theory, Patrick McCabe, Hole, Oscar Wilde, Saki, Lady Gaga, Patricia MacCormack, Nietzsche, the bible, Michel Foucault, Tori Amos, Han Kang, John Gray, The Cramps, Emil Ferris, Donna Haraway, Aubrey Beardsley, David Lynch, Pearl Jam, Eimear McBride, Hannah Hoch, Judith Butler, Bob Flanagan, Cindy Sherman, Muriel Spark, Sylvia Plath, Nine Inch Nails, Harold Pinter, Don McCullin, Chuck Palahniuk, Diane Arbus, Gregg Araki, slime mould, Dirk Bogarde, Arthur C Clarke, Isabelle Huppert, Nicola Barker, Octavia Butler

Ever Dundas, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh

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