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Mansfield with Monsters

I want to spread the word about an amazing new book project some folks I know have done.

It is called Mansfield with Monsters, and has been authored by Debbie and Matt Cowens (an amazing writerly duo) and put out by Stephen Minchin’s Steam Press.

Katherine Mansfield is one of New Zealand’s most famous and influential writers. While her work is well known, many will be surprised to learn that the ‘accepted’ versions of her stories are often pale reflections of the original manuscripts.

Mansfield with Monsters is the first time that Mansfield’s vision of the supernatural has been published in full – a dream that she often spoke of in her correspondence with occultist Aleister Crowley and American author H. P. Lovecraft. Matt and Debbie Cowens have pieced together recently recovered fragments of her work, recreating Mansfield’s beloved tales as they were first written, complete with vampires, ghouls, and alien monsters. These versions will shock and delight those in the literary community who always suspected that there was more to Mansfield’s work than we had been led to believe.

Mansfield once wrote, “don’t lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath—as terrible as you like—but a mask.” While we may never know Mansfield’s true face or fate, Matt and Debbie Cowens are proud to draw back the public mask of one of our most beloved authors to reveal the more chilling one beneath.

Here’s a cool video interview with the authors.


Mansfield with Monsters is available from and from bookstores across New Zealand.

I just bought my Kindle copy and can’t wait to read it.

Now go get yours.

I Have Woneth!

Apparently, last night I won an award in New Zealand (my recent home) for Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

The award is called the Sir Julius Vogel Award and it is given by SFFANZ (the New Zealand Sci-fi/Fantasy Fans Association) for various fan deeds, professional works, and service to the Spec Fic community.  The trophy for the award is made by the famed Weta Workshop and looks like this:

It was awarded to me based on my involvement in founding and establishing SpecFicNZ, the national association for writers, creators and editors of speculative fiction in and from New Zealand.

If you have been around my blog or website for a while, you may be familiar the with SJVs as I have had fiction nominated for it numerous times and won and SJV for best short story 2009. Yes, that means now I will have two lovely green trophies at my house.

First, thanks to all of you who have supported me and helped me make SpecFicNZ a thriving writers association. Thank you for honoring me in this way.

Second, I am very proud to be in the company of giants like Peter Jackson, Weta Worshop, Ken Catran, Margaret Mahy, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Phillip Mann, and Simon Litten in serving the amazing community of speculative fiction writers and readers in New Zealand.

Yes, this means a lot to me. So, thank you.

NZ Spec Fic Blogging Week

Many of you know I started this thing in New Zealand when I was there. I founded a national speculative fiction writing association, SpecFicNZ, because there wasn’t one. And every year we sponsor an event we call NZ SpecFic Blogging Week, a week when our members (and anyone else we can convince to come along for the ride) focus their blog posts on all things New Zealand and SpecFiccy.

To learn more about it, please head over to the SpecFicNZ website.

We welcome bloggers from all over the world to take a look at New Zealand speculative fiction and comment on what it has to offer. Don’t know who is writing Spec Fic in or from New Zealand? Do a google search and you mgiht be surprised.

New Zealand has become renownded as a location for shooting speculative fiction films. Don’t know which ones were filmed or digitally rendered in New Zealand? Take a look and you might  be surprised.

Ever wonder what it would be like to write from small island nation? What are the perks? What are the challenges? Follow our bloggin week and you just might find out.

We will be blogging September 19th through the 25th, and you can join us to link your blog posts or just follow and comment on the SpecFicNZ website.


Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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