THE GREEN BOOK:
Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature


Aimed at a general readership and published twice-yearly, The Green Book features commentaries, articles, and reviews on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic literature.

Certainly favourites such as Bram Stoker and John Connolly will come to mind, but hopefully The Green Book also will serve as a pathway to Ireland's other notable fantasists: like Fitz-James O'Brien, Mrs. Riddell, Lafcadio Hearn, William Allingham, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Cheiro, Harry Clarke, Dorothy Macardle, Lord Dunsany, Elizabeth Bowen, C.S. Lewis, Mervyn Wall, Conor McPherson . . . and this list is by no means exhaustive.

It should be noted that the word "Irish" in the journal's title should be understood as inclusive rather than exclusive. The Green Book will also feature essays on Irish themes — even if by non-Irish authors. We hope that you will find something of interest here, for there is much to explore.

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"Serious aficionados of the weird should also consider subscribing . . . to The Green Book."
-Michael Dirda, Barnes and Noble Review


"A welcome addition to the realm of accessible nonfiction about supernatural horror."
-Ellen Datlow, The Best Horror of the Year 6


Submission Guidelines

The Green Book is now seeking contributions. Anyone interested in taking an active role in our dialogue is invited to contact the editor (brian@swanriverpress.ie) to discuss proposals for articles or reviews. We also strongly urge that you first familiarise yourself with an issue or two of The Green Book. Please note that we do not publish fiction. We also tend to shy away from essays about Irish myths, legends, and folklore — unless they are somehow connected to literature.

The subject proposed, be it an author or a work, must in some way be directly connected to Ireland. We are looking for scholarly, readable and informative pieces that are not bogged down by excessive jargon. Reviews should be both critical and insightful. Please try to avoid footnotes; citations and references should be worked into the text. Articles should be between 3,000-5,000 words; reviews up to 1,000 words. We especially encourage women to contribute. Payment is in complimentary copies of the journal.




Current Issue - Samhain 2017


   

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The Green Book 10
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: November 2017 (250)
Cover image: Jason Zerillo after Sidney Sime
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Available for pre-order.
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Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"To Lord Dunsany"
    Francis Ledwidge

"Lord Dunsany Dies in Dublin"
    Austin Clarke

"Early Reviews: 1905-1919"

"Introduction to The Writings of Lord Dunsany"
    W.B. Yeats

"The Magic Window"
    Padraic Colum

"Review: Plays of Gods and Men"
    A.E.

"Lord Dunsany: Fantaisiste"
    Ernest A. Boyd

"Introduction to A Dreamer’s Tales"
    Padraic Colum

"Romantic Experiments"
    Forrest Reid

"Review: The King of Elfland’s Daughter"
    Michael Orkney

"A Maker of Mythologiesw"
    A.E.

"Dunsany"
    Katharine Tynan

"Shadows"
    Padraic Colum

"Review: The Curse of the Wise Woman"
    Austin Clarke

"One Ireland"
    Elizabeth Bowen

"Jorkens Reviewed: 1931-1954"

"Dunsany As I Remember Him"
    Sean O Faolain

"Lord Dunsany"
    Oliver St. John Gogarty

"To an Old Quill of Lord Dunsany’s"
    Francis Ledwidge

"Notes on Contributors"




   

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The Green Book 9
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: May 2017 (250)
Cover image: Constance Markievicz
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Introduction to The Second Ghost Book"
    Elizabeth Bowen

"Mistress of the Macabre: Rosa Mulholland"
    Richard Dalby

"Hauntings and Haunted: Charlotte Riddell’s Weird Stories"
    Mike Barrett

"A Chronology of Mrs. Riddell’s Spectral Fiction"
    Mike Barrett

"Introduction to 'The Boys' Room' "
    Terri Neil

"The Boys' Room"
    Dorothy Macardle

"The Call of the Sí: Irish Supernatural Literature and Folklore
in the Fiction of Caitlín R. Kiernan"
    James Goho

"Uncanny Irish-American Relations: Elizabeth Bowen and Shirley Jackson"
    Edwina Keown and Bernice M. Murphy

"The Big House"
    Elizabeth Bowen

"Reviews"
    R.B. Kelly's Edge of Heaven (John Howard)
    The Stinging Fly 35 (Jim Rockhill)
    Caroline Barry's The Dolocher (Maria Giakaniki)
    Big Telly Theatre Company's The Faerie Thorn (Reggie Chamberlain-King)
    Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice M. Murphy's Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic (Stefan Dziemanowicz)

"Notes on Contributors"




   

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The Green Book 8
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: November 2016 (250)
Cover image: Brian Gallagher
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Orientomology — The Insect Literature of Lafcadio Hearn"
    David B. Lurie

"The Worm Ouroborus — A Review"
    James Stephens

"The Sunset of Fantasy — A Fragment of an Unpublished Book"
    A.E.

"Henry Ferris — A Bibliography"
    Terri Neil

"The Snake’s Pass and Lady Athlyne —
Bram Stoker’s Hymns to a Healthy and Robust Future for Ireland"
    Carol Senf

"Reviews"
    Claudio Di Vaio's Unburying the Past (Jarlath Kileen)
    Derek John's The Felicity of Epigones (Rob Brown)
    John Kenny's Decade 1 (John Howard)
    Peadar O Guilin's The Call (Lynda E. Rucker)

"Notes on Contributors"




   

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International €13.00


The Green Book 7
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: April 2016 (300)
Cover image courtesy the Estate of Lord Dunsany
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Ulster"
    Rudyard Kipling

"An Open Letter to Rudyard Kipling"
    A.E.

"On Behalf of Some Irishmen Not Followers of Tradition"
    A.E.

"An Extract from The Insurrection in Dublin"
    James Stephens

"The City"
    Dorothy Macardle

"Dublin"
    Arthur Machen

"Selections from Patches of Sunlight"
    Lord Dunsany

"Easter"
    Dorothy Macardle

"The Man with Thirty Lives: An Indiscreet Portrait of Herbert Moore Pim"
    Reggie Chamberlain-King

"The New Nation"
    A.E.

"The Spring in Ireland — 1916"
    James Stephens

"A Reflection of Ghosts: The Life of Dorothy Macardle"
    Peter Berresford Ellis

"Sackville Street, 1917"
    A.E.

"Reviews"
    Lafcadio Hearn's Insect Literature (Paul Murray)
    Dorothy Macardle's The Uninvited/Earth-Bound (Terri Neil)
    Mairtin O Cadhain's The Key (Peter McClean)
    John Connolly's Night Music: Nocturnes 2 (Bertrand Lucat)

"Notes on Contributors"




   

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The Green Book 6
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: October 2015 (250)
Cover image by Harry Clarke
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Saved by a Ghost"
    Bram Stoker

"Some Comments on 'Saved by a Ghost'"
    by David J. Skal

"Early Influences on Lafcadio Hearn"
    John Moran

"Stray Memories"
    Lord Dunsany

"Fry-Ups with the Poets and Prophets"
    Martin Hayes

"AE: Mystic and Economist"
    Ernest A. Boyd

"Something in His Blood: An Interview with David J. Skal"
    John Edgar Browning

"Reviews"
    Mervyn Wall’s The Unfortunate/Return of Fursey (Darrell Schweitzer)
    Craftsman Audio’s Complete Ghost Stories of Le Fanu (Rob Brown)
    Caitriona Lally’s Eggshells (John Howard)
    Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal (Bernice M. Murphy)

"Notes on Contributors"




   

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Issue 5 €13.00
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The Green Book 5
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: May 2015 (250)
Cover image by Pamela Colman Smith
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Fitz-James O'Brien: The Seen and the Unseen"
    by Kevin Corstorphine

"A Story-teller: Stevenson on Le Fanu"
    Richard Dury

"Arthur Machen and J.S. Le Fanu"
    James Machin

"Shape-shifting Dracula: The Abridged Edition of 1901"
    Elizabeth Miller

"An Interview with Mervyn Wall"
    Gordon Henderson

"Reviews"
    Digby Rumsey’s Shooting for the Butler (Martin Andersson)
    Wireless Mystery Theatre’s Green Tea (Jim Rockhill)
    Dara Downey’s American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age (Maria Giakaniki)
    J.S. Le Fanu’s Reminiscences of a Bachelor (Robert Lloyd Parry)
    Charlotte Riddell’s A Struggle for Fame (Jarlath Killeen)
    Karl Whitney’s Hidden City (John Howard)

"Notes on Contributors"




   

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The Green Book 4
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: October 2014 (350)
Cover image by Dolorosa
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Sufficiently High Praise:
Contemporary Reviews of Uncle Silas"
    Compiled by the Editor

"Who's Afraid of 'The Demon Lover'?:
Ireland and the Supernatural in Elizabeth Bowen's Short Fiction"
    Megan Kuster

"The Scarlet and the Black: "
A Curiosity in 'Carmilla'"
    Roger Dobson

"Introduction to Uncle Silas (1926)"
    M.R. James

"Introduction to Uncle Silas (1940)"
    Christine Longford

"Towards an Irish Gothic: Part Four"
    Albert Power

"The Lady who Munched: How Carmilla Stormed the Stage"
    David J. Skal

"On Uncle Silas"
    Jarlath Gregory

"Reviews"
    Pádraic E. Moore’s A Modern Panarion (Rosa Abbott)
    Syracuse University Press’s Carmilla: A Critical Edition (Elizabeth McCarthy)
    Lawrie Brewster’s Lord of Tears (Bernice M. Murphy)
    Daniel I. Roddy’s A Wanderer Out of Time (Helen Conrad O’Briain)
    Paul Murray’s A Fantastic Journey (Anne-Sylvie Salzman)
    Swan River Press’s Dreams of Shadow and Smoke (Hunter Seitz)

"Notes on Contributors"




   

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The Green Book 3
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: May 2014 (350)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"The Embodiment of Sinister Agencies:
Le Fanu and the Ghost of a Hand"
    Terri Neil

"Hybrids and Hyphenates: H.P. Lovecraft and the Irish"
    Rob Brown

"Some Notes on Le Fanu's Beatrice"
    Philip A. Ellis and Jim Rockhill

"Towards an Irish Gothic: Part Three"
    Albert Power

"Shepherding Le Fanu: Herbert van Thal and the Invisible Prince"
    J.A. Mains

"Reviews"
    Lesley Megahey's Schalcken the Painter (Jim Rockhill)
    Scarecrow Press's Two Volumes of Lord Dunsany Essays (Martin Andersson)
    Catherine Wynne’s Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage (David J. Skal)
    Big Telly Theatre Company's Melmoth the Wanderer (Philip Orr)
    Bernice M. Murphy's Rural Gothic (Emily Bourke)
    Lynda E. Rucker's The Moon Will Look Strange (Maura McHugh)
    John Boyne's This House is Haunted (Dan Studer)

"Notes on Contributors"

"Book Stalls"




   

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The Green Book 2
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: October 2013 (350)
Cover image by Alan Corbett
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Mervyn Wall: Irish Author and Satirist"
    Richard Dalby

"Towards an Irish Gothic: Part Two"
    Albert Power

"The Long Reach of Green Shadows:
Ray Bradbury’s Memories of Ireland"
    Steve Gronert Ellerhof

"Lord Dunsany 1878-1957: Portrait of a Collector"
    Nicola Gordon Bowe

"Reviews"
    John Connolly's The Wanderer in Realms Unknown (Scott Connors)
    Martin Hayes's Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste (Matthew Stocker)
    Rosa Mullholland's Not to Be Taken at Bed-Time (Reggie Chamberlain-King)
    Carlos Fuentes's Vlad: A Novel (David J. Skal)
    Alan Corbett's Ghost of Shandon (Rosemary Pardoe)
    Graham Tugwell's Everything is Always Wrong (Emily Bourke)
    Nicola Gordon Bowe's Harry Clarke: The Life and Work (Jim Rockhill)

"Notes on Contributors"

"Book Stalls"




   

Reviews
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The Green Book 1
Edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: May 2013 (350)
Cover image by Bill Howe
Binding: Paperback
Length: 108 pages
ISSN: 2009-6089

Out of Print

Contents

"Editor's Note"
    Brian J. Showers

"Towards an Irish Gothic: Part One"
    Albert Power

"Spirits of Another Sort:
The Supernatural Theatre of Conor McPherson"
    David Longhorn

"The Charm of Old Women's Tales:
Le Fanu's Use of Oral Tradition"
    Jacqueline Simpson

"Adventures of a Dream Child:
Forrest Reid's Tom Barber Trilogy"
    Dan Studer

"Four-Leaf Clovers"
    Michael Dirda

"Reviews"
    Ciaran Foy's Citadel (Bernice M. Murphy)
    Derek John's The Aesthete Hagiographer (Rob Brown)
    Brian J. Showers's Old Albert (John Kenny)
    John Connolly's The Wrath of Angels (Bertrand Lucat)

"Notes on Contributors"

"Book Stalls"







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