science fiction and fantasy writer


In Uncategorized on April 15, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Angela Slatter has just posted an interview with me on her blog about Angel Dust, writing and inspriations:

1. So, what do new readers need to know about Ian McHugh?

Buy me a beer and I’ll be your friend. Buy me two and I’ll follow you around to see if there’s any more. My first short story collection, Angel Dust, was published by Ticonderoga Publications in late 2014. It brings together about a third of my published stories to date. Most of the rest – and a few of those in the book that are archived at online magazines – are posted on or linked from my website, for anyone who might like to try before they buy.

2. What was the inspiration behind your new short story collection, Angel Dust?

Crass opportunism? Russell offered and I said yes. There’s four original stories in the book, but the rest are reprints, so it’s one of those books that kind of unintentionally accumulated over time until someone (Russell) came along and said, “Ooh, I reckon there’s a book in that lot, and I’m the person to publish it.” That being so, there are a few recurring themes. Angels are one that immediately leapt out to Russell – hence the cover and the title. If I was to let my inner wanker become my outer wanker for a moment I might say that “a recurring motif in my work is that of the angel, both literally and in the form of redemptive proxies that inspire my protagonists” or somesuch. A more honest answer might be that I appear to have a fetish for shiny ladies with wings.

Read more…


In Uncategorized on April 13, 2015 at 9:21 pm



Thanks to everyone who came along to the launch of Angel Dust on Saturday. It was lovely to officially (if belatedly) welcome my book into the world with a pub full of friends.

Thanks to Russell B. Farr and Liz Grzyb of Ticonderoga Publications for giving me the gift of a book with my name on the front. Thanks to Nicole R.Murphy for doing such a great job of big-noting me at the launch / threatening attendees so they’d buy copies of the book.

Photos of the launch are here, courtesy of Cat Sparks – including of me, Nicole and Russell looking like dodgy special effects from Doctor Who.


Feel for the folks at ASIM right now

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2015 at 8:39 am

The poor bastards have been Sad Puppied. Here’s their reaction to their unasked-for inclusion on the Sad Puppies slate for the Hugo awards:

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine is absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for semi-prozine in the 2015 Hugo Awards. We’re grateful to our wonderful readers, our excellent authors and our hardworking team of editors and minions for this honour – in particular David Kernot and Sue Bursztynski for editing our two 2014 editions that have garnered the nomination.

We’ve been publishing for more than twelve years now, with our rotating editorial system. We’ve been immensely proud to publish authors who have gone on to gain wider recognition, such as Ann Leckie, Rachel Swirsky, Eugie Foster, Jim C Hines, Doug Van Belle and Ian McHugh.

Our mission has been and will always be to publish fiction that we believe readers want to read; to be a pageturner of a mag that you can’t put down. We will be providing a sample for the Hugo Packet that we hope will demonstrate our commitment to that mission.

However, it’s been a rollercoaster journey for the ASIM collective this past week. Delight as we discovered our nomination, and then dismay as we collectively discovered about the existence of the “Sad Puppies” just before the Hugo shortlist was announced.

We would like to state from the outset that we have never been contacted by anyone to let us know that we were listed on the Sad Puppies slate, and nor were we ever asked if we wanted to be on it (or given a chance to remove ourselves). We would have removed ourselves if offered the chance.

We hope you’ll judge us by our works, not by a small, but vocal, element of fandom.

For further comment from ASIM see Simon Petrie‘s and Sue Bursztynski‘s posts.

So yeah, poor buggers. ASIM really don’t deserve to be dragged into the shitstorm surrounding the Sad Puppies’ gaming of the Hugo ballot this year. (One suspects this is the case for many of those included on the Sad Puppies slate.)


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