FEATURED FICTION

MIDNIGHT CLOWN

NEW SPECULATIVE FICTION BY GUIDO EEKHAUT

PLUS GARRY KILWORTH

PETER KENNY

SALLY O’REILLY 

PETER AHERN, GEORGE AITCH 

EXPLORATION 

PRAGUE

SARAH PERRY’S MELMOTH 

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by Sarah Tanburn

REVIEW EXTRA

With her photographs

CHRISTMAS FICTION

WE OPEN A SERIES OF WINTRY STORIES WITH

A SHINING BEACON

The tale of a small town & its curious Christmas  lights

DARK ENTERTAINMENT

by Matthew G. Rees

Coming – Stories from Jon Gower, Sally Spedding & John Ord

INSIGHT

Reviews of  (among others) ELLY GRIFFITHS

VICTOR LAVALLE, ALMA KATSU, GLYN JONES, CATHERINE FISHER, MEGAN TAYLOR, ARTHUR MACHEN, JOHN COWPER POWYS & DEBORAH KAY DAVIES (with an extract from her new novel) 

Plus GABRIEL TALLENT & CARLY HOLMES talk

NEW FICTION: A dark tale about a clown, a vampire & a dentist

 

MIDNIGHT CLOWN

by GUIDO EEKHAUT

(Author of Absinthe)

‘NOBODY wants to encounter a clown at midnight in an empty alley. The same can be said of a vampire. The clown, because he is out of place and thus threatening, and the vampire because he does fit in – but you don’t. Anyway, the whole thing always ends with blood on the pavement…’

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HORLA CHRISTMAS FICTION 

Our wintry tales for the festive season begin with…

A SHINING BEACON 

by MATTHEW G. REES

THE small town of Skelmere Junction, in the English North Country, isn’t easily come upon, particularly since the closure of its railway connection. Its Christmas illuminations are perhaps now its claim to fame (if that’s the word: some might favour another).

If yours is a wandering nature it’s possible that, one evening, you might find yourself entering Skelmere’s still-pretty squares and straying down its narrow ways, thereby witnessing the aura of those hanging lanterns in person.  For the present, what follows, as far as the events are known, is an account of how those lights – ‘curious’ is an adjective some have used – came into being. Or maybe that last word should be… beings.

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NEW HORLA INTERVIEW: SALLY SPEDDING

THE award-winning author of Cold Remains and a wealth of fiction tells, among other things, of her sense of a previous life and its dark end – walled-up in a French cave – in a truly revealing Horla interview.

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NEW FEATURED FICTION: LEST WE FORGET 

A STORY BY PAUL MURGATROYD

A TALL and upright old man and a much shorter old lady advanced along one row of gravestones, holding up black umbrellas to ward off the rain that fell steadily from the bruised sky.

‘Blummineck, who’s this old trout? And the cheerful chappie with her? Clear off, you flippin’ old fossils, go and eat coke!’

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REVIEW EXTRA: SARAH TANBURN READS SARAH PERRY’S MELMOTH IN PRAGUE

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HORLA FEATURES     

                                                   

 ‘Scariest Story… Ever’

Magnificent Horror Moments

DARK SITES: Dominic Kildare Rides Out 

 The grotesques of Grange Court

The Haunted House: One Writer’s Wintry Experience

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NEW FEATURED FICTION: The dark fish

by Peter Kenny

‘The symbol for Pisces is two fish, which are hooked at the mouth and strung together by a single silver cord. He thought about its symbolism often. One of his venerable textbooks grandly called this the cord of human limitation. It made him fear there were things about himself he would never break free from.’

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FEATURED FICTION: BACK DOOR 

A NEW GHOST STORY BY SALLY O’REILLY

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HORLA FICTION

STORIES BY

George Aitch – P.F. Grazioli – Michael D. Davis – Holly Tinsley – Mark Sadler – Sally Spedding – Simon Marlowe – Carly Holmes – Jon Gower – Jane Fraser – John Ord – Claudia Wardle – Alan Bilton – Angela Graham – M.J. Allen – Wendy Holborow – Ali Azar – Brian Manton – Tim Jeffreys – Matthew G. Rees

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HORLA INTERVIEWS

CARLY HOLMES

GABRIEL TALLENT

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO

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Find features

NEW FEATURED FICTION

RIVERSCAPE 

by GARRY KILWORTH

Horror in the English countryside

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NEWS AND REVIEWS

                     FESTIVALS

THE WENTWOOD TALES

& OTHER NEW REVIEWS: Fiction & Non-Fiction

LATE REVIEWS: Lost Volumes Exhumed

IN SHORT: Recent Chapbooks

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CATHERINE  FISHER’S NEW TALE THE  TUNNEL

DISCOVER THE STORY SERIES WHERE IT PREMIERES  

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HORLA EXPLORER

Mark Jolly rides a bicycle from Pakistan to China

‘We saw police with sticks with a claw on the end, used to grab someone around the neck. There were armed police in checkpoints on most corners, and cash-rich China is using the area to develop face-recognition software for the ever-present CCTV cameras.’

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PURE MACHEN

Matthew G. Rees reads and reviews

ARTHUR MACHEN’S 1890s NOTEBOOK

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URBAN MYTHS – A Horla Inquiry

Dr Alan Gowing begins our examination

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MAGNIFICENT HORROR MOMENTS – Our series continues

The finest passages in literary dark fiction listed & discussed

No 2. ‘The Withered Arm’ by THOMAS HARDY

The nightmare of Rhoda Brooks: the incubus flaunts her wedding ring 

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HORLA ARCHIVES

Folklore-influenced Jane Fraser describes how she ‘walks into’ her stories on the Welsh coast

‘They have often been shocked into being by the discovery of something I least expected…’

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FRONT PAGE FOOTNOTE

A collection of twenty-two stories written by Matthew G. Rees has been announced as scheduled for publication in 2019 by Wales-based indie press Three Impostors, specialists in fine books and the works of supernatural writer Arthur Machen. The volume is provisionally slated for late spring.

Three Impostors have also announced a planned new edition of Machen’s novel The Three Impostors, with specially commissioned illustrations by artist and print-maker Pete Williams, introductory essays by James Machin on the text and Hywel Pontin on the artist, and comprehensive endnotes.

It is intended to be a companion volume to The Great God Pan and The Shining Pyramid with illustrations by John Selway, which the Newport-based press published in early 2018. 

For more:  Three Impostors 

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