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New Story Published in Uncertainties

I’m uber proud to have a short story called ‘Last Love’ featured in Uncertainties Volume I, an anthology of supernatural tales just published by the always excellent Swan River Press. The book was launched last Saturday, August 20th, at the Dublin Ghost Story Festival, the first of a hopefully annual event, in the Grand Lodge of … Continue reading

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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

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: 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

The Eerie Tales of Lucy M. Boston: John Kenny talks to Robert Lloyd Parry

I’ve just interviewed Robert Lloyd Parry about the supernatural fiction of Lucy M. Boston, best known for her Green Knowe series of children’s novels. Robert wrote the introduction to Curfew & Other Eerie Tales, Swan River Press‘ collection of her supernatural tales. I’ll post the full interview on this site soon, but in the meantime, … Continue reading