New Year New Fiction 

Repentance in the Evening

by CONOR ROBIN MADIGAN

Author of Cut Up

‘… first there would need to be a meeting in public, at the café, and if that went just fine, a reunion in bed.’    

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New Year New Fiction 

Magpies

by FRANCES HOLLAND

 Horla new voice 

‘It was unnaturally dark on the day of the wedding, with snow clouds lowering from early morning,…’

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NEW – The Clockworm & Other Strange Stories by Karen Heuler

REVIEW BY WENDY HOLBOROW 

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 WINTER HORROR

DOMINIC KILDARE considers RHYS DAVIES

and a dark story of consumption by snow

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NEW SERIES – AN UNEXPECTED PLEASURE

Supernatural stories from surprising sources

Matthew G. Rees appreciates ‘A Drink with a Witch’ by LAURIE LEE    

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NEW AT HORLA  STUDENT-WRITER AT WORK

WE profile Liz ‘E.J.’ Haynes who combines life on a hill farm with the university studies that have led to her tale ‘The Fishing Trip’ 

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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 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 Matthew G. Rees on M.R. James &

A MAGNIFICENT HORROR MOMENT

The awful secret of ‘The Ash Tree’ revealed

Continuing a Horla series – Fine passages in literary dark fiction listed & discussed

‘In the climax of his story ‘The Ash Tree’, James – often noted for understatement – shuns brevity and ambiguity, and instead pulls out the stops, as if at the seat of some great  cathedral organ.’

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

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FEATURED FICTION: BACK DOOR 

A NEW GHOST STORY BY SALLY O’REILLY

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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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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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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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HORLA FICTION

STORIES BY

Garry Kilworth – Peter Kenny – 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

THE WICKER MAN

Fact Not Fiction?

MATTHEW G. REES on a cult book & film, a strange stone and an old scholarly paper 

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NEW ITALIAN HORROR 

A FAMILY AFFAIR  by P.F. GRAZIOLI

‘THE dust, gently blown from the old album, rose like a grey veil which materialised for a few seconds in the ray of light coming from the window, and then slowly fell on the floor of the attic.’

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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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CATHERINE  FISHER’S NEW TALE THE  TUNNEL

DISCOVER THE STORY SERIES WHERE IT PREMIERES  

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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. 

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