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PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY

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A NEW COLLECTION OF STORIES BY MATTHEW G. REES

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‘… elusive, eerie, delicately unsettling and quietly devastating… his story arcs cast their strange net over the reader…’ CARLY HOLMES

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MATTHEW G. REES on NEWTON HOUSE

‘Hauntings in a place of such antiquity seem entirely logical… Some corridors, in compensation for a lack of natural light, are hung with bulbs – at times bare – that offer a wan glow…’

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THE NEGLECTED

LOOKING FOR LEONARD

The Writer Who Disappeared

Matthew G. Rees goes in search of L.A.G. Strong

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JON DOYLE on Southern Horror’s WILLIAM GAY

The Writer Who Avoided Easy Answers

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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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News – Candlelight fright night announced for literary festival in Wales

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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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ARCHIVE STORY: 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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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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FEATURED 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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ARCHIVE STORY: DEAD WOOD by MATTHEW G. REES

‘I became aware in my peripheral vision of lights in nearby houses. But I kept my focus on the tree. I drove two wedges, at left and right, into the second cut. I struck them with the mallet. Cracking, stretching, groaning, mournful sounds… the kind you imagine boats built of beams make at sea… came from inside her. For a moment she seemed to hesitate, to waver…’

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HORLA ARCHIVE

Walter de la Mare – A Master Overlooked?

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 ‘EXQUISITE WRITING & TALES THAT TRANSPORT’

MATTHEW G. REES on Valentine & Howard’s Collected Connoisseur

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The Clockworm & Other Strange Stories by Karen Heuler

REVIEW BY WENDY HOLBOROW 

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HORLA FICTION 2018-2019

STORIES BY

Auriel Roe – Conor Robin Madigan – Thomas Kodnar – Matthew John Fletcher – Melanie Smith – John Andreini – David McVey – Paul Murgatroyd – Garry Kilworth – Frances Holland – 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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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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REVIEW EXTRA: SARAH TANBURN READS SARAH PERRY’S MELMOTH IN PRAGUE

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NEWS AND REVIEWS

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THE WENTWOOD TALES

& OTHER NEW REVIEWS: Fiction & Non-Fiction

LATE REVIEWS: Lost Volumes Exhumed

IN SHORT: Recent Chapbooks

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HORLA INTERVIEWS

CARLY HOLMES

GABRIEL TALLENT

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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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CATHERINE  FISHER’S TALE THE  TUNNEL

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FRONT PAGE FOOTNOTE

MACHEN MOMENT

Independent press Three Impostors have announced a planned new edition of Arthur 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. For more:  Three Impostors 

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RAY BRADBURY 

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