A new Moscow story from the writer of ‘The Tip’

SNOWBALL

by MATTHEW G. REES

‘I see the red spots, which are like some small spill of treasure, in a spray on the snow, between his nose and his lips.’

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New from the author of The Twist in the Branch

STUCK ON REPEAT

by MELANIE SMITH

‘Blackened vines crawl through tiny gaps in the doorframe and creep along the walls like serpents.’

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New Scottish Noir

MY MURDER

by DAVID McVEY

‘I was at rock bottom. I had nothing and he had money, thousands of pounds, and I wanted it.’

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New Kafkaesque Horror

COLLAR’S DIARY

by CHESTER PEACE

‘Read this with gusto & cherish your past exuberance, Future Me—remember how happy you are on this bitterly cold winter’s day.’

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NEW: THE NEGLECTED

LOOKING FOR LEONARD

The Writer Who Disappeared

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

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IN addition to fine stories, we invite SUBMISSIONS of non-fiction connected with our genre. We enjoy psychogeography & shall be particularly happy to consider illuminating explorations of locations that link with the interests of Horla. If the setting has a literary connection, so much the better. We shall also be glad to consider articles spotlighting ‘forgotten’ authors. See guidelines.

NEW – The Clockworm & Other Strange Stories by Karen Heuler

REVIEW BY WENDY HOLBOROW 

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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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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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 RECENT HORLA FICTION  

DESCENT by AURIEL ROE

FROM her window, Olga watched her husband’s naked white body sink into the lake. She held her breath until he surfaced, then her eyes followed his heavy progress through the reeds and under the ornamental bridge.  In all weathers and on most mornings, the older men silently appeared, one by one, on the banks of the lake…

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CRACKS by MATTHEW JOHN FLETCHER

THE figure collapsed back against the door, sagging at the middle. As it straightened up, it resolved itself into the form of a man in his early twenties whose clothes seemed a size too large and whose eyes held an apprehensive look.

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TIME by JOHN ANDREINI

JON Harvey looked down at the dead man on his operating table as the team shut off equipment around him. His name was Julius, an addict and dealer who’d been beaten to death by an unsatisfied customer. There was no one in the waiting room to notify, no grieving relatives to deal with.

Another surgeon had stood over Jon’s wife Gina three weeks earlier as life slipped from her body, on a table just like this one. We’re not gods, he thought, rehashing a phrase that had lost its meaning for him long ago.

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 WINTER HORROR

DOMINIC KILDARE considers RHYS DAVIES

and a dark story of consumption by snow

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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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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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FEATURED FICTION: BACK DOOR 

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

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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 2018-2019

STORIES BY

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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HORLA INTERVIEWS

CARLY HOLMES

GABRIEL TALLENT

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO

READ AT HORLA FEATURES

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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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FEATURED FICTION BY CONOR ROBIN MADIGAN (Author of Cut Up)

REPENTANCE IN THE EVENING

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CATHERINE  FISHER’S NEW TALE THE  TUNNEL

DISCOVER THE STORY SERIES WHERE IT PREMIERES  

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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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FRONT PAGE FOOTNOTES

Dare we say it, a pat on the back for Horla for our good taste &, in particular, congratulations to contributor Carly Holmes whose story ‘The Demon L’ – part one of which we published in 2018 & which can be found in our archives – is to feature in a ‘best of’ compendium out later this year. More in due course.

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.

Three Impostors, well-known for their association with the works of Machen, are also engaged upon a collection of 22 stories by Horla editor Matthew G. Rees slated for publication this spring. 

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