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Geneve Flynn: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Clamour and Mischief authors Geneve Flynn

A smiling formal photograph of writer Geneve Flynn, an Australian-Asian author with long black hair and wearing a black shirt

Clamour and Mischief author Geneve Flynn joins our quick corvids Q&A (try saying that four feathery times fast), talking about her story "The Past is Not a Present," and reading from her tale, too!

What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story?

According to Chinese folklore, the five noxious animals – snake, scorpion, centipede, toad, and spider – protect against poison. They were carved into amulets or woven into patterns on clothing.

What was your favourite thing about writing a story for Clamour & Mischief?

Getting to pay homage to a movie that made a big impression on me as a child – 7 Faces of Dr. Lao. The adaptation of Charles G. Finney’s novel The Circus of Dr. Lao isn’t without its issues but there was something deeply fascinating and unsettling about a travelling show filled with mythical creatures that revealed the truth to whomever stepped within its shadowy walls.

Which is your favourite corvid and why?

I don’t know about favourite, but I’ve written about crows in two stories now. I wrote a much darker story called ‘The Fledgling’, which appears on episode 329 on the Tales to Terrify podcast. There’s something intimidating about their size and intelligence; and their rattle is very much like the clicking sound the Predator makes when it’s watching from the jungle canopy.

Here's a link to my website, too.

Read all the Q&As with our Clamour and Mischief authors.

Geneve Flynn is a multiple-award-winning speculative fiction editor, author, and poet. Her work has won two Bram Stoker Awards®, a Shirley Jackson Award, and an Aurealis Award. Geneve has also been shortlisted or nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Australian Shadows, Ditmar, Elgin, and Rhysling Awards, as well as the Pushcart Prize. Geneve is a recipient of the 2022 Queensland Writers Fellowship.

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