Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Green Book

The Swan River Press over in Dublin's fair city publishes a fine journal dedicated to Irish Gothic, supernatural and generally weird fiction. The latest issue has (for me, at any rate) a bumper bundle of interesting items.



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)

I'm particularly keen to read the item on Fitz-James O'Brien, whose story 'What Was It?' has long been a favourite of mine. It spans the Victorian haunted house genre and proto-science fiction, and if you don't know it, it's well worth a read.

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