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The Beauty, Wonder and Savagery of Human Love: John Kenny talks to Rosalie Parker

I’ve just interviewed Rosalie Parker about contemporary supernatural fiction in the context of her collection of short stories, The Old Knowledge & Other Strange Tales (published by Swan River Press and already out of print – but available as an ebook), her involvement with Tartarus Press, and upcoming writing projects. I’ll post the full interview … Continue reading

Book Review: Border Lines by John Walsh

Perhaps better known as a poet, having published three collections of poetry in the last few years, and as MC of the monthly North Beach Poetry Nights in the Crane Bar, Galway, John Walsh is also a writer of short stories, and Border Lines, recently published by Doire Press, presents an excellent sampling of what … Continue reading

A Night on the Town in Maputo

In a previous life I worked for a consultancy company that managed donor-funded overseas development aid programmes in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Essentially, they were projects funded by the EU, the World Bank and various national aid agencies and aimed at assisting economic development and recovery. My job was to … Continue reading

Book Review: Longsword by Thomas Leland

Longsword tells the story of William Longespée, the illegitimate son of King Henry II, who was married by his half-brother, then King Richard I, into the family of Salisbury, becoming the Earl of Salisbury. Published in 1762, this new edition from Swan River Press is its first appearance in print in over 30 years and … Continue reading

The Supernatural Tale in Today’s World: John Kenny talks to R.B. Russell

I’ve just interviewed R.B. Russell about how the supernatural tale has changed over time, his collection of short stories, Ghosts, recently published by Swan River Press (and already out of print), and the importance of the small press in today’s publishing industry. I’ll post the full interview on this site soon, but in the meantime, … Continue reading

Book Review: Old Albert by Brian J. Showers

Old Albert charts the history of Larkhill House from circa 1840 to the 1920s, with a coda that brings the story up to the present day, and apart from one chapter that digresses to Ireland’s Eye, is set in Larkhill and its Rathmines environs. Larkhill House is a real place, as is St. Mary’s Church, … Continue reading

Self-publishing and the Editorial Process – Guest Blog

This week, I was asked to write a guest blog for Writing4all, a free online resource for writers. Given that I make my daily crust as a freelance editor, I thought, for a change, I’d focus specifically on the important of the editorial process itself, which has become all the more crucial now with the … Continue reading

Book Review: The Whisper Jar by Carole Lanham

There is the danger that a casual perusal of the contents page of Carole Lanham’s collection The Whisper Jar may give the potential reader the impression that this is a work of whimsy, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is certainly an element of whimsy sown into some of the stories, but … Continue reading