We begin this month with news about the latest in the ‘Highlighting Horror’ series of events, run by Marie and Paul for the HWA in conjunction with Alex Davies at the Quad in Derby. This time round the focus is on dark crime and here’s the official PR mail-out: ‘Through exclusive interviews, informative panel discussions and expert talks you’ll learn more about crime fiction’s edgier side, how thrillers have become darker, serial killer fiction, whether there’s a place for the supernatural in crime and how authors can benefit from this increasing crossover. Perfect for fans of crime fiction or for those who might want to write it. There will also be opportunities to purchase books and get them signed by your favourite authors, and socialise with many experienced writers, film-makers and publishers.’
As reported by sites such as Rising Shadow, Where Can We Go? and The List here, here and here, the stellar line-up of Guests for this one include AK Benedict (The Beauty of Murder, Jonathan Dark or The Evidence Of Ghosts), Steph Broadribb (Deep Down Dead, Deep Blue Trouble, My Little Eye), Paul Finch (Author of the bestselling Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg Series), Barry Forshaw (Brit Noir, Nordic Noir, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopaedia), SJ Holliday (Black Wood, Willow Walk, The Damsel Fly), Jo Jakeman (Sticks and Stones), David Mark (Author of the Bestselling DS McAvoy series), Roz Watkins (The Devil’s Dice) and Fiona Cummins (Rattle, The Collector).
And just added: Stuart MacBride – Number #1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series and, most recently, A Dark So Deadly (above).
The event will take place on 24th March at the Quad, tickets are £35.00, and the event is half-price to HWA members. Click here to buy your tickets.
A fantastic review has appeared for Great British Horror 2: Dark Satanic Mills over on the This is Horror site, which singles out Marie’s ‘Sleeping Black’. Here’s what Paul Michaels had to say: ‘Marie O’Regan gives us another domestic setting, this time a couple who are renovating an old, inherited house. But in ‘Sleeping Black’, there is more than just dust and vermin being disturbed by the couple’s activities. It’s arguable which story in this collection is the best, but what is certain is that ‘Sleeping Black’ has the most disturbing and frightening scenes; especially those towards the end. Terrifying; don’t read at night, alone. Or do, for the optimum experience.’ To read the full review, just click here.
Last month Marie reviewed the latest book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot, for Sci-Fi Bulletin. You can read what she had to say here.
And also in January Marie was interviewed by World Fantasy Award-winning author Angela Slatter (the Verity Fassbinder series of books). You can read this, which includes the first exciting mention of Marie’s forthcoming anthology for Titan – Phantoms – over on Angela’s site here.
Happy New Year! And we start 2018 the right way with news of a book release for Marie! As announced on New Year’s Day here, Luna Press are to publish a new ‘Harvester’ series of collections, one of which will gather together some of Marie’s most popular supernatural tales, along with a brand new novella that will provide the title for the collection, The Last Ghost, plus exclusive extras. You can read more about it, including Marie’s take on the book, by clicking here.
Marie was in London last month for the British Fantasy Society Christmas Open Night, and you can see photos from this above (from L-R, Roger Gray, Graham Humphreys, Dolly Garland, CC Adams and Marie herself) and below (Phil Sloman and Alex Davis).
But we’ll leave you with this photo of Phil, CC and Marie having a whale of a time and getting into the Christmas spirit.
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