Folly Blaine: Profile

April 29, 2012

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Folly Blaine lives in Seattle, Washington, and is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. Her work has appeared online at Every Day Fiction,, 10Flash Quarterly, and Flashes in the Dark.

Her horror story, “British Guiana, 1853” is available in the print anthology, Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations. The story follows a scientist from the British Museum who travels along the Essequibo River in search of a mysterious and valuable creature he suspects might be a living dinosaur.

“As a boy, some of my favorite stories were those of lost lands and civilizations, made popular by such writers as H. Rider Haggard, A. Merritt, and Talbot Mundy. I daydreamed of falling through some hidden cave entrance into a lost and forgotten world (sans injury of course) and if asked about my career ambitions I would have answered that I wanted to be one of those specially lucky explorers.

“As I gradually became aware that such civilizations weren’t terribly likely in our closely-examined world, that fantasy became a bit bruised. But now Eric J. Guignard brings back a bit of that magic with Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, an anthology mixing the values of pulp fiction (returning us to a milieu where such stories seem more possible) with contemporary standards of fresh description.

“Here we have lost islands, civilizations on the brink, and uncharted lands imaginatively described with new mythologies. David Tallerman, Mark Lee Pearson, Jamie Lackey, Folly Blaine, Jonathan Vos Post, and JC Hemphill—to mention just a few—all shine, and the new Joe Lansdale piece with a unique slant on a western railroad story is a special treat.” —Steve Rasnic Tem, Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Award-winning author of novels (including his latest, Deadfall Hotel) and numerous collections of short fiction.

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