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John Kenny

I have had fiction published in Fear the Reaper, Emerald Eye: The Best of Irish Imaginative Fiction, Transtories, The World SF Blog, Revival Literary Journal, First Contact, FTL, Woman’s Way, Jupiter Magazine and several other venues. Currently looking for a publisher for my novel Down and Out. I was co-editor of Albedo One from 1993 to 2013 and co-administrator of its International Aeon Award for Short Fiction from 2005 to 2013. Previous to that I edited several issues of FTL (1990 – 1992). I’ve also edited Writing4all: The Best of 2009 and Box of Delights, an original horror anthology from Aeon Press Books.
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Central Europe Between the Wars: John Kenny talks to Mark Valentine

In advance of Swan River Press‘ launch of Selected Stories by Mark Valentine, I’ve just interviewed the author. We talk about the persistence of human values and vision in the face of vast upheaval, outré heresies and Gnostic myths, and the Central European tradition in fantastic literature amongst other things. I’ll post the full interview on … Continue reading

Book Review: Selected Stories by Mark Valentine

Selected Stories, due out soon from Swan River Press, brings together a number of stories by Mark Valentine that share related themes and a very particular style of approach reminiscent of the work of several writers working in the early 20th Century. While most stories don’t specify a year in which they take place, references … Continue reading

My Regrettable Non-relationship with Libraries – Guest Blog

This week, I was asked to write a guest blog for What She Might Think, writer Erin Pringle-Toungate‘s excellent website. As you will guess from the title of the piece, it highlights the sad lack of libraries in my youth. Not there weren’t libraries near me; there were several. The blog focuses more specifically on … Continue reading

Book Review: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda was the first of several novels I’ve read by Peter Carey and it’s still my favourite of his books. It tells the story of clergyman Oscar Hopkins and heiress Lucinda Leplastrier, both addicted gamblers of opposing type: one obsessive, one compulsive, both necessarily secretive, both bound by the strictures of mid-19th Century … Continue reading

The Art of Fusing Fact and Fiction: John Kenny talks to Brian J. Showers

Following my recent review of Brian J. Showers‘ collection of stories, Old Albert, due soon from Swan River Press, and which illuminates a fictional(?) history of Larkhill, an old schoolhouse building that still exists in Rathmines, Dublin, I’ve just interviewed the author. Amongst other things, we talk about the challenge of seamlessly blending fact and … Continue reading

Longsword and the Gothic Tradition: John Kenny talks to Albert Power

On foot of my review of Longsword, written by Thomas Leland and first published 250 years ago, I’ve just interviewed Albert Power. Albert has written a very illuminating introduction to a new edition of the novel, which is soon to be published by Swan River Press. As usual, I’ll eventually post the full interview here, … Continue reading

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