Plus an extract from the new collection by Carly Holmes
SCARIEST STORY EVER
Fiction by FLANNERY O’CONNOR
Chosen by Matthew G. Rees
The uncanny role of the Welsh coast in one writer’s fiction
Among ghosts in a city known to Arthur Machen
CATHERINE FISHER reviewed
GABRIEL TALLENT interviewed
WALTER DE LA MARE discussed
JOHN COWPER POWYS re-read
News, features, reviews & the new zombie novel by B.A. HIPPSLEY
John Ord – Simon Marlowe – Carly Holmes – Jon Gower – Sally Spedding – Jane Fraser – Tim Jeffreys – Claudia Wardle – Angela Graham – Wendy Holborow – Alan Bilton – M.J. Allen – Ali Azar – Brian Manton – and Matthew G. Rees
‘the passenger suddenly appeared and sat right next to me… this was odd. Every seat in front of me was available and I was sure there was no one left on the train. I used the reflection in the window to identify a young woman, but I was unable to distinguish her face because she dropped her head into her lap. She then put her hands over her head, as if she was trying to block out some intolerable noise.’
From new railway ghost story ‘Unaccompanied Cello Suite‘ by SIMON MARLOWE
on what makes him write – the fiction, poetry and art that’s influenced him – his reaction when Stephen King hailed his debut ‘a masterpiece’ – his own take on his writing – possible future projects & more. Read his thoughts here at Horla.
Read his exclusive report on the grim fate of ‘The Horla Tree’ and the blight laying waste to so many others. Plus the rats that are plaguing Paris, Joseph Conrad in Cardiff, the witch that haunted Graham Greene & a number of other freakish facts.