NEWS
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Recent and new reading from the smaller and specialist presses

With MATTHEW G. REES

THE NEW ABJECT – TALES OF MODERN UNEASE (Comma Press), WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by R.B. RUSSELL (PS Publishing), THE END OF THE YELLOW HOUSE by ALAN BILTON (Watermark)

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NEW: HORLA FILM

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GEORGE AITCH ON THE WRETCHED & THE REMARKABLE IN CONTEMPORARY SCREEN HORROR

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HARRIS COVERLEY on

JOSEPH PAYNE BRENNAN

AUTUMN READING, 2020: Matthew G. Rees – author of Smoke House – on recent story collections, novels and poetry from the smaller presses

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2019 Christmas lit-chillers on  UK TV. Read the verdict of CLARE RAMSEY

‘After the much-criticised pre-Christmas turkey that was the BBC’s leaden adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of The Worlds I can’t have been the only viewer / licence-payer with a strong sense that the corporation ‘owed us one’ for the festive season.’

Read Ramsey on ‘A Christmas Carol’ (BBC1), ‘Martin’s Close’ (BBC4) and ‘Susan Hill’s Ghost Story’ (Channel Five)

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COUNTING YOURSELF IN – OR OUT? 

The reviewer of the Times London awarded it 5 stars. Actor Steven Berkoff wrote to the newspaper denouncing it as ‘cheap… barbarism’. So, now that the dust has settled a little, what should we think of the BBC’s recent Dracula?

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A STORY collection infused with folklore and located on a Welsh peninsula bewitches reviewer SARA GETHIN

 

  Read her take on JANE FRASER’S new book The South Westerlies here

‘EXQUISITE WRITING & TALES THAT TRANSPORT’

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

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

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Clare Ramsey on a guide to the myriad worlds of Arthur Machen

Occult Territory: An Arthur Machen Gazetteer Edited by R.B. Russell

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New Wentwood Tales reviewed

‘The Tunnel’ by Catherine Fisher

‘The Word’ by Matthew G. Rees

Reviews by Euron Griffith and Clare Ramsey

‘Compelling’  ‘Dark & richly poetic’

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Gothic, humorous, layered… this will chill your spine! 

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Reviewed – and richly enjoyed! – by Carolyn Percy

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‘Fantastical horror plays skilfully on parental anxieties’ 

The Changeling

by Victor LaValle

Reviewed by Carolyn Percy

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‘Destined to be a cult hit. But it deserves more than that’

Peach

by Emma Glass

Reviewed by Jon Gower

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‘Eccentricities aplenty, references to classical literature, discussion of fellow writers & nuggets of a pleasingly grounded nature’ 

ARTHUR MACHEN’S 1890s NOTEBOOK 

Reviewed by Matthew G. Rees

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An Emporium of ‘Literary Strange’

Step inside, we suggest

Figurehead 

Collected short fiction by Carly Holmes

Reviewed by Matthew G. Rees

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A Treasure Chest of Tales from the Celtic Dark Side

The Magic Valley Travellers: Welsh Stories of Fantasy and Horror edited by Peter Haining

Reviewed by Jon Gower

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Cult Classic of French Gothic: First English Translation

Pauliska or Modern Perversity

by Jacques-Antoine Révéroni, baron de Saint-Cyr

Translated by Erik Butler   Published by Tartarus

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‘Horror crossing of the American West that chills & unsettles’ 

The Hunger

by Alma Katsu

Reviewed by Jon Gower

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‘Gothic-influenced tale in a 1970s setting’ 

Tirzah and the Prince of Crows

by Deborah Kay Davies

Reviewed by JON GOWER

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‘A Tale of Holiday Hell That Defies the Usual Traps’

Waiting For the Rat

by Megan Taylor

Reviewed by Clare Ramsey

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‘Mystery, Enchantment, Horror’

Folk by Zoe Gilbert

Reviewed by Carolyn Percy

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Hell via a Meteor & a Welsh Mountain

A fresh look at a 1930s occult classic

Morwyn by John Cowper Powys

A Late Review by Jon Gower

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‘Extraordinary Debut… It Re-Writes Rules’

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Reviewed by Matthew G. Rees

DARK ENTRY – THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE

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‘Necessary Stories of Staggering Invention’

Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Reviewed by Jon Gower

DARK ENTRY – THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE

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The Shock v The Stock

Low-Life Deeps: An Account of the Strange Fish to be Found There by James Greenwood

Reviewed by Matthew G. Rees

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Chapbook Tale of a Chill Night in Moscow…

The Tip by Matthew G. Rees

Reviewed by Carolyn Percy

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A Machen-Inspired Skin-Crawler

Creep by Jon Gower

Reviewed by Brian Manton

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‘Classy Modern Gothic Leaves Lingering Chill’

The Upstairs Room 

by Kate Murray-Browne

Reviewed by Carolyn Percy

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THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018

POET KAYO CHINGONYI WINS

MICHAEL SHEEN DELIVERS POWERFUL READING

 

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