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George William Russell (A.E.)

George William Russell (1867-1935) — who published as “A.E.” — was a poet, painter, economist, and mystic. In 1897 he started work with Sir Horace Plunkett’s Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, editing their journal The Irish Homestead. In addition to numerous volumes of poetry, essays, and mystical writings, A.E. also nurtured the careers of Ireland’s most important writers, including Patrick Kavanagh, James Stephens, and James Joyce. Highly regarded in life, on his death A.E.’s funeral cortege was over a mile long.

Titles by A.E.
Selected Poems (2017)

Articles
"The Making of Poetry" (c.1924)





Swan River Press Authors


   
Peter Bell

Peter Bell has written articles and stories for All Hallows, The Ghosts & Scholars M. R. James Newsletter, Wormwood, Faunus, and Supernatural Tales; his work has also been published by Ash-Tree Press, Gray Friar Press, Side Real Press, The Scarecrow Press and Hippocampus Press. He is a historian, a native of Liverpool, an inhabitant of York, and likes to wander the hidden places of Scotland and the North of England.

Titles by Peter Bell
Strange Epiphanies (2012)
On the Apparitions at Gray's Court (2006)

Interviews
"An Interview with Peter Bell" (2012)





Lucy M. Boston

Lucy M. Boston (1892 – 1990) was born in Southport, Lancashire. She studied English at Oxford and served as a nurse in France, before settling in Cheshire towards the end of the First World War. After her marriage broke down in 1935 she trained as a painter in Europe, eventually returning to England on the eve of the Second World War. In 1939 she bought the eleventh century Manor in Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, which was her home and literary inspiration until her death. It is the setting of her much-loved series of Green Knowe novels for children, and is now open to visitors. For more details see www.greenknowe.co.uk.

Titles by Lucy M. Boston
Curfew & Other Eerie Tales (2011)
Just Like That (2011)

Interviews
"An Interview with Robert Lloyd Parry" (2012)





Stephen J. Clark

Stephen J. Clark was born in County Durham. Since first emerging in surrealist journals and exhibitions throughout the 1990s his fiction and illustrations have appeared in publications by Fulgur Limited, Ex Occidente Press, and Side Real Press among others. Regular collaborations with Tartarus Press have notably featured cover illustrations for a complete series of Robert Aickman’s strange tales. In Delirium's Circle, the author’s debut novel, was published by Egaeus Press in 2012. thesinginggarden.co.uk

Titles by Stephen J. Clark
The Satyr and Other Tales (2015)

Interviews
"An Interview with Stephen J. Clark" (2015)





Edward Crandall

Edward Crandall is an American translator living in Saga, Japan. His story "Survivors" appeared in Acquainted with the Night, an anthology of supernatural fiction published by Ash-Tree Press in December 2004, "The Arrangement" appeared in Exotic Gothic 2 (2008), and his essay on Natso Kirino's novel Real World appeared in 21st Century Gothic (2010).

Titles by Edward Crandall
The Nanri Papers (2008)





Helen Grant

Helen Grant was born in London, but has lived in Spain, Germany and Belgium. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, won an ALA Alex Award in the US and was shortlisted for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Since then she has produced two other novels, The Glass Demon and Wish Me Dead, and is currently working on a trilogy set in Flanders. The first book, Silent Saturday, will be published by Bodley Head in 2013. Helen now lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and two cats. You can find out more about Helen Grant on her website.

Titles by Helen Grant
The Sea Change & Other Stories (2013)
The Red House at Münstereifel (2007)

Interviews
"An Interview with Helen Grant" (2012)








Lafcadio Hearn

Born on the Greek island of Lefkada, Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was brought up in both Ireland and England. At nineteen he emigrated to the United States where he became a journalist. After a sojourn in the French West Indies, he sailed for Japan in 1890. Hearn wrote extensively about his new homeland, its tales, customs, and religions, acting as a bridge between Japan and the Western world. He died in Tokyo where he is buried under his Japanese name, Koizumi Yakumo. His notable books include Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894), In Ghostly Japan (1899), Shadowings (1900), and Kwaidan (1904).

Titles by Lafcadio Hearn
Insect Literature (2015)

Interviews
"A Letter from Mitchell McDonald" (1921)





John Howard

John Howard was born in London. His books include The Defeat of Grief, Numbered as Sand or the Stars, Written by Daylight, and Cities and Thrones and Powers. Secret Europe is a joint collection written with Mark Valentine, with whom he also collaborated on several of the stories in The Collected Connoisseur. Howard’s articles on weird fiction and its classic authors are gathered in Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic.

Titles by John Howard
The Silver Voices (2014)
Written by Daylight (2013)

Interviews
"From this Blessed Town: An Interview with John Howard" (2014)
"Against the Fall of Night: An Interview with John Howard" (2013)





Joel Lane

Joel Lane (1963-2013) was born in Exeter, but lived most of his life in Birmingham, where many of his stories are set. In addition to two novels, From Blue to Black (2000) and The Blue Mask (2003), Lane was the author of numerous collections, including the British Fantasy Award-winning The Earth Wire (1994), The Lost District (2006), and The Terrible Changes (2009). Where Furnaces Burn won the World Fantasy Award for best collection in 2013.

Titles by Joel Lane
The Anniversary of Never (2015)

Interviews
An Interview with Joel Lane (2013)






Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was born in Dublin. He spent his youth in the suburb of Chapelizod and the rural village of Abington, Co. Limerick. He entered Trinity College in 1833 and was called to the Irish Bar in 1839. Instead of pursing a career in law, he purchased and edited several newspapers including The Evening Mail and The Warder. In 1861 he bought the Dublin University Magazine, which he edited until 1869. He retreated from public life on the death of his wife in 1858, and from the seclusion of his Merrion Square home he turned his attention to writing novels. He is best known today for such pioneering weird stories as "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier-street", "Green Tea" and "Carmilla". His notable novels include The House by the Church-yard (1863), Wylder's Hand (1864), Uncle Silas (1864) and The Wyvern Mystery (1869). His seminal short story collection, In a Glass Darkly, was published in 1872, less than a year before his death.

For more on J.S. Le Fanu, please visit Le Fanu at 200.

Titles by or about Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Reminiscences of a Bachelor (2014)
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu (2014)
Laura Silver Bell (2012)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu — A Concise Bibliography (2011)
The Complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod (2011)
The Ballads and Poems of J. Sheridan Le Fanu (2011)
My Aunt Margaret's Adventure (2009)

Interviews
"Some Thoughts on Le Fanu: An Interview with Matthew Holness" (2014)
"Exile on Aungier Street: A Conversation with Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers" (2014)








Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber was born in Chicago on 24 December 1910. Although trained as an actor, he made his name among the pages of the pulp magazines of the 1930s and ’40s. After a brief correspondence with H.P. Lovecraft, Leiber began writing in earnest, penning classics of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including Conjure Wife, the Hugo Award-winning Ill Met in Lankhmar, and the pioneering tale of urban supernaturalism “Smoke Ghost”. Leiber passed away in San Francisco in 1992 at the age of eighty-one.

Titles by Fritz Leiber
The Pale Brown Thing (2016)

Articles
"The Power of Friendship: An Interview with Donald Sidney-Fryer" (2016)





Thomas Leland

Thomas Leland (1722-1785) was born in Dublin. Ordained to ministry in the Church of Ireland, his works include History of Philip, King of Macedon (1758), History of Ireland (1773), and a posthumous collection of sermons (1788). His only work of fiction, Longsword, Earl of Salisbury, was published in 1762. It was adapted for stage in 1765 as The Countess of Salisbury by fellow Dubliner Hall Hartson. The play remained popular into the early nineteenth century.

Titles by Thomas Leland
Longsword (2012)

Interviews
"An Interview with Albert Power" (2012)








Dorothy Macardle

Dorothy Macardle (1889-1958) — historian, playwright, journalist, and novelist — was born in Dundalk, Co. Louth. She was educated at Alexandra College in Dublin where she later lectured in English literature. She is best remembered for her seminal treatise on Ireland’s struggle for independence, The Irish Republic (1937), but also wrote novels of the uncanny, including Uneasy Freehold/The Uninvited (1941), Fantastic Summer/The Unforeseen (1946), and Dark Enchantment (1953). She died in Drogheda and is buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton.

Titles by Dorothy Macardle
Earth-Bound and Other Supernatural Tales (2016)

Articles
"A Reflection of Ghosts: The Life of Dorothy Macardle" (2016)






Gary McMahon

Gary McMahon has published over sixty short stories, the best of which are collected in Dirty Prayers, and is the author of the novellas Rough Cut and All Your Gods Are Dead, and the novel Rain Dogs. Gary lives with his wife and son in West Yorkshire, where he often dreams of spirits both brutal and malign. Visit Gary McMahon's website here.

Titles by Gary McMahon
Brutal Spirits (2008)








Henry C. Mercer

Dreamer, castle builder, archaeologist, and anthropologist, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) inherited a fortune that fuelled his wanderlust. Mercer was a tireless creative genius who spent his life fulfilling his family motto, Plus ultra — “More Beyond”. He earned a law degree, mastered five languages, supervised archaeological digs around the world, and became a beloved philanthropist in his ancestral home of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Overshadowed by his many accomplishments is the wonderful but nearly forgotten collection of stories, November Night Tales.

Titles by Henry C. Mercer
November Night Tales (2015)

Articles
"November Night Notes: An Interview with Peter Bell" (2015)






Reggie Oliver

Reggie Oliver has been a professional playwright, actor, and theatre director since 1975. Besides plays, his publications include the authorised biography of Stella Gibbons, Out of the Woodshed, published by Bloomsbury in 1998, and six collections of stories of supernatural terror, of which the fifth, Mrs. Midnight (Tartarus 2011) won the Children of the Night Award for "best work of supernatural fiction in 2011" and was nominated for two other awards. Tartarus has also reissued his first and second collections The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini and The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler, in new editions with new illustrations by the author, as well as his latest (and sixth) collection Flowers of the Sea. His novel, The Dracula Papers I - The Scholar's Tale (Chomu 2011) - is the first of a projected four. An omnibus edition of his stories entitled Dramas from the Depths is published by Centipede, as part of its Masters of the Weird Tale series. His stories have appeared in over fifty anthologies. (Portrait in oils by Anthony Christian)

Titles by Reggie Oliver
Blind Man's Box (2007)






Rosalie Parker

Rosalie Parker was born and grew up on a farm in Buckinghamshire, but has lived subsequently in Stockholm, Oxford, Dorset, Somerset, Sheffield and Sussex. She took degrees in English Literature and History, and Archaeology, working first as an archaeologist before returning to her first love of books. Rosalie is co-proprietor and editor of the independent publishing house, Tartarus Press, and lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her partner, the writer and publisher Ray Russell, their son and two cats. Visit her website at: www.rosalieparker.co.uk

Titles by Rosalie Parker
The Old Knowledge & Other Strange Tales (2010)

Interviews
"An Interview with Rosalie Parker" (2012)







John Reppion

John Reppion is the author of 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool (The History Press 2008). He has written articles for the likes of the Fortean Times, Strange Attractor Journal, Paranormal Magazine and The End is Nigh. His day job is scripting comics with his wife and writing partner Leah Moore, including titles such as The Complete Dracula and The Trial of Sherlock Holmes (Dynamite Entertainment 2009), Raise the Dead (Dynamite 2008) and Albion (Wildstorm 2006). Sometimes he deals in fact, sometimes in fiction, and sometimes he gets confused. More information can be found at www.moorereppion.com.

Titles by John Reppion
Contemporary Reviews of "Dracula" with Leah Moore (2011)
On the Banks of the River Jordan (2010)





Lynda E. Rucker

Lynda E. Rucker is an American writer born and raised in the South and now living in Europe. Her stories have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies. She is a regular columnist for Black Static, has had a short play produced on London’s West End, and won the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story. Her first collection, The Moon Will Look Strange, was published by Karoshi Books in 2013. More information can be found here.

Titles by Lynda E. Rucker
You'll Know When You Get There (2016)

Interviews
"An Interview with Lynda E. Rucker" (2016)





George William Russell (A.E.)

George William Russell (1867-1935) — who published as “A.E.” — was a poet, painter, economist, and mystic. In 1897 he started work with Sir Horace Plunkett’s Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, editing their journal The Irish Homestead. In addition to numerous volumes of poetry, essays, and mystical writings, A.E. also nurtured the careers of Ireland’s most important writers, including Patrick Kavanagh, James Stephens, and James Joyce. Highly regarded in life, on his death A.E.’s funeral cortege was over a mile long.

Titles by A.E.
Selected Poems (2017)

Articles
"The Making of Poetry" (c.1924)





R.B. Russell

R.B. Russell is an English author, born in Sussex, and the co-proprietor of the independent publishing house Tartarus Press, which he runs with his partner Rosalie Parker. He has had three collections of his own short stories published, Putting the Pieces in Place (2009), Literary Remains (2010) and Leave Your Sleep (2012), a novella, Bloody Baudelaire (2009), and a collected edition, Ghosts (2012). He is also, occasionally, an illustrator and songwriter, and enjoys making videos. More information can be found here.

Titles by R.B. Russell
The Dark Return of Time (2014)
Ghosts (2012)

Interviews
"A Darker Return: An Interview with R.B. Russell" (2014)
"An Interview with R.B. Russell" (2012)





Brian J. Showers

Brian J. Showers is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He has written short stories, articles and reviews for magazines such as Rue Morgue, Ghosts & Scholars, Le Fanu Studies and Supernatural Tales. His short story collection, The Bleeding Horse (Mercier Press), won the Children of the Night Award in 2008. He is also the author of Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin (Nonsuch 2006), the co-editor of Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Hippocampus Press 2011), and the editor of The Green Book. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. You can find out more about Brian J. Showers on his website.

Titles by Brian J. Showers
Old Albert — An Epilogue (2012)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu — A Concise Bibliography with Gary W. Crawford (2011)
Ghostly Rathmines: A Visitor's Guide (2008)
Quis Separabit (2007)
No. 70 Merrion Square (2006)
Tigh an Bhreithimh (2005)
The Snow Came Softly Down (2004)
The Old Tailor and the Gaunt Man (2003)

Titles edited by Brian J. Showers
Uncertainties: Volume I (2016)
Uncertainties: Volume II (2016)
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu (2014)
The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature (2013-Present)

Interviews
"Exile on Aungier Street: A Conversation with Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers" (2014)
"An Interview with Brian J. Showers" (2012)





Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was born in Clontarf, a suburb of Dublin, and educated at Trinity College. As a young man he worked as a civil servant at Dublin Castle, and as an unpaid theatre critic for local newspapers. He is best known today for his classic horror novel Dracula (1897), but during his lifetime he was known as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving, and business manager of Irving’s Lyceum Theatre in London. Other notable works include The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906), The Lair of the White Worm (1911), and the posthumously published collection Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914).

Titles by or about Bram Stoker
The Definitive Judge's House (2011)
To My Dear Friend Hommy-Beg: The Great Friendship of Bram Stoker and Hall Caine (2011)
Contemporary Reviews of "Dracula" (2011)
Extracts from Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving by Bram Stoker (2010)
Bram Stoker's Other Gothics — Contemporary Reviews (2010)
Four Romances by Mr. Bram Stoker (2010)
Thirty Years A-Going: A History of the Bram Stoker Society (2009)





Steve Rasnic Tem

Steve Rasnic Tem is the author of over 400 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. His collections include Ugly Behavior (2012), Onion Songs (2013), Celestial Inventories (2013), and Twember (2013). His novels include Daughters (2001) and The Man in the Ceiling (2010, both with Melanie Tem); The Book of Days (2003), Deadfall Hotel (2013), and Blood Kin (2014). For more information visit www.m-s-tem.com

Titles by Steve Rasnic Tem
Here with the Shadows (2014)

Interviews
"An Interview with Steve Rasnic Tem" (2014)





Mark Valentine

Mark Valentine is the author of several volumes of short stories including The Collected Connoisseur (Tartarus 2010) and Secret Europe (Ex Occidente Press 2012), both titles co-written with John Howard. He has also written a biography of Arthur Machen (Seren 1990); and Time, a Falconer (Tartarus Press 2011), a study of the diplomat and fantasist "Sarban". He currently edits Wormwood, a journal of the literature of the fantastic, supernatural and decadent.

Titles by Mark Valentine
Seventeen Stories (2013)
Selected Stories (2012)
The Seer of Trieste (2008)

Interviews
"Something of the Light: An Interview with Mark Valentine" (2013)
"An Interview with Mark Valentine" (2012)





Mervyn Wall

Mervyn Wall (1908-1997) was born in the Rathmines neighbourhood of Dublin. He was educated in Belvedere College; Bonn, Germany; and the National University of Ireland where he obtained his B.A. in 1928. After fourteen years in the Civil Service, he joined Radio Eireann as Programme Officer. In 1957 he left Radio Eireann to become Secretary of the Arts Council of Ireland, a position he held until 1975. Widely known during his lifetime as a broadcaster and critic, he is best remembered now for his plays and novels, among them two satirical fantasies set in medieval Ireland, The Unfortunate Fursey (1946) and The Return of Fursey (1948). His book Leaves for the Burning won Denmark's Best European Novel award in 1952.

Titles by Mervyn Wall
The Unfortunate Fursey (2015)
The Return of Fursey (2015)
The Demon Angler & One Other (2013)

Articles
"The Castletown Witch" (1956)
"The Origins of The Unfortunate Fursey" (1982)









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