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Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre, edited by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson

We start this month with the news that Where Nightmares Come From (above, with the full wraparound cover), published by Crystal Lake, is now out to buy! Featuring Marie’s informative and entertaining interview with John Connolly (author of the Charlie Parker series) about his influences, you can pick this one up by clicking here.

The Crow Garden, by Alison Littlewood

Marie also reviewed Alison Littlewood’s latest mass-market book, The Crow Garden, for Sci-Fi Bulletin. To read what she thought of the novel, just click here.

Forbidden Planet poster for the signing for The Art of Horror Movies, edited by Stephen Jones

Marie was at various events again last month, firstly the Art of Horror Movies signing at Forbidden Planet and Day of Horror event in London, sponsored by the HWA (photos above and below, including one of Marie with Paul).

Copies of The Art of Horror Movies, edited by Stephen Jones

HWA A Day of Horror event poster

Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan

The Art of Horror Movies, edited by Stephen Jones

Contributor signatures from The Art of Horror Movies, edited by Stephen Jones

The Art of Horror Movies, signed by the editor, Stephen Jones

Next she attended the Black Library Weekender in Nottingham, which featured panels, talks and guests such as Dan Abnett and George Mann (photos below)

Black Library Weekender

Souvenir programme, Black Library Weekender, 2017

Fans at Black Library Weekender

Guests at The Black Library Weekender - Chris Wraight, C L Werner, Dan Abnett, David Annandale

Books for sale at the Black Library Weekender

Audience for the Black Library Weekender opening ceremonies

Panel at the Black Library Weekender. R to L: Nick Kyme, Gav Thorpe, Guy Haley

Finally, she was at Sledge-Lit in Derby, which included interviews with Guests of Honour Alison Littlewood and Sarah Pinborough, the HWA-sponsored panel ‘Thrills and Chills’, and the legendary annual Sledge Raffle (photos, again, below).


Sledge Lit - Alison Littlewood interviewed by Mark West


Sledge Lit: GOH Sarah Pinborough interviewed by Gary McMahon


Sarah Pinborough and Gary McMahon


HWA sponsored panel: Thrills and Chills. L to R: Jo Jakeman, Simon Clark, Tracey Fahy, Sarah Pinborough and Alex Davis


Simon Clark


L to R: Pixie Peigh, Sarah Pinborough, Gary McMahon at the Sledge-Lit raffle


The legendary Pixie Peigh, this year's Christmas tree.


The next event Marie will be at is the BFS Christmas Open Night on 8th December at the Vintry on Cannon Street, London. Hopefully she’ll see some of you there! 


The Mega Liverpool HorrorCon poster


Poster for The Mega Liverpool HorrorCon, 7th and 8th October 2017


Marie was at not one, but three events last month. She appeared at the first, The Mega Liverpool HorrorCon, as a Guest (above). There she was on a table with her books, alongside other writers (including people like Adam Nevill and David Moody) plus traders selling all kinds of horror memorabilia and merchandise (below).


Traders at Liverpool HorrorCon


Horror busts at Liverpool HorrorCon


Books for sale by Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane - including The Mammoth Book of Body Horror and The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women


Hellbound Hearts, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan


Marie O'Regan at Liverpool HorrorCon


There were lots of cosplayers about and star Guests such as Valerie Leon, Laurence Harvey, Martine Beswick and Caroline Munro, available for photos and to sign for fans (below)


Sadako cosplay, Liverpool HorrorCon


Cosplay at Liverpool HorrorCon


Ghostface cosplay at Liverpool HorrorCon


Caroline Munro


Caroline Munro at Liverpool HorrorCon


A week later Marie went along to the cast and crew screening for The Offer, made by the same team who put Leviathan together and starring the likes of Barbie Wilde, Ken Cranham and Simon Bamford. You’ll find photos of this one below, including one of Barbie with Marie and Paul.


The Offer poster, with Kenneth Cranham, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Barbie Wilde and Oliver Smith


Custard Factory, Birmingham


Tree creature sculpture, Custard Factory, Birmingham


The OFfer, Mockingbird Cinema, Custard Factory, Birmingham


Producer Gary Smart and cast and crew of The Offer


L to R: Barbie Wilde, Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane

Photo © Barbie Wilde


Then a little under a week later, Marie was also at Sheffield’s Celluloid Screams, where she got to see a brand new episode of Inside No. 9, followed by a Q&A with writer/stars Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith and producer Adam Tandy (below)…


Celluloid Screams poster


Celluloid Screams, Inside No. 9 screening


L to R: Producer Adam Tandy, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and organiser Robert Nevitt


Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith


Steve Pemberton


…and attend the 30th Anniversary screening of Hellraiser, followed by a Q&A with Effects Supervisor Geoff Portass and Chatterer Cenobite Nicholas Vince – hosted by Paul. 


30th anniversary Hellraiser poster


Celluloid Screams 30th anniversary Hellraiser screening


A packed house for the Hellraiser screening


L to R: Nicholas Vince, Geoff Portass, Paul Kane

Photo © John McLauchlin


Next up will be the HWA Day of Horror on Saturday 11th November, with a signing for Stephen Jones' THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES at 1pm at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, London, followed by a HWA social downstairs at the Royal George, off Charing Cross Road. All are welcome, and hope to see some of you there. After that, Marie will be at Sledge-Lit 3 in Derby, at The Quad, on Saturday 25th November.


Bury Them Deep, by Marie O'Regan - launched at FantasyCon 2017


The first pieces of news this month are FantasyCon-related. Above and below, you’ll find pictures from the launch of Marie’s novella Bury Them Deep from Hersham Press, which sold out in 15 minutes flat! You can still buy the book on Amazon, though, in print or for Kindle. Just click the link.


Peter Mark May of Hersham Horror Press, introducing this year's launch titles


L to R: Marie O'Regan, Charlotte Bond, Richard Farren Barber


Queue for books at Hersham Horror launch, FantasyCon 2017


Signing books: L to R: Marie O'Regan, Charlotte Bond, Richard Farren Barber


Marie O'Regan signing copies of her novella, Bury Them Deep


Hersham Horror launch. L to R: Marie O'Regan, Charlotte Bond, Richard Farren Barber


But that wasn’t the only launch/signing she was involved in. Below you’ll find pictures from the Great British Horror anthology launch, Dark Satanic Mills, featuring Marie’s story ‘Sleeping Black’. 


Publisher Steve Shaw, introducing anthology Great British Horror Vol. 2, Dark, Satanic Mills.


L to R: Cate Gardner, Andrew Freudenberg, Charlotte Bond, John Llewellyn Probert, Marie O'Regan, Penny Jones, Gary McMahon


Marie O'Regan signing copies of Great British Horror #2, Dark Satanic Mills


Signing queue for Great British Horror #2, Dark Satanic Mills


Marie O'Regan signing copies of Great British Horror #2, Dark Satanic Mills


Finally for that event, below are some pictures of Marie at the Banquet on the PS Publishing table.


FantasyCon 2017 banquet


PS table at FantasyCon banquet 2017. Front, L to R: Sheryl Smith, Mike Smith, Paul Kane. Back, L to R: Alison Littlewood, Fergus Beadle, Jan Siegel, Pat Cadigan, Val Edwards, Les Edwards, Marie O'Regan

Photo © Stephen Jones


PS Table, FantasyCon banquet 2017. Front, L to R: Paul Kane, Marie O'Regan, Les Edwards, Val Edwards. Back, L to R: Mike Smith, Sheryl Smith, Alison Littlewood, Fergus Beadle, Jan Siegel, Pat Cadigan

Photo © Stephen Jones


FCon wasn’t the only event Marie was at last month, however. She also attended a charity exhibition of Clive Barker’s artwork, organised by long-time Barker fan and collaborator Russell Cherrington. You can find photos of that below.

Marie ORegan with original Clive Barker artwork


Original artwork by Clive Barker


Original artwork by Clive Barker


Skinless Frank artwork by Clive Barker


Abarat original artwork by Clive Barker


The next event Marie will be at is Liverpool HorrorCon this coming weekend at the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.


The Mega Liverpool HorrorCon poster


Ley Ryders, by Holly J. Williams


Lastly this month, Marie has reviewed Ley Ryders by Holly J. Williams for Sci-Fi Bulletin. You can read what she had to say about this one, here.


Where Nightmares Come From


We begin this month’s update with the exciting news that Marie has just interviewed bestselling author John Connolly for a new book Where Nightmares Come From (above) to be published by Crystal Lake soon. John is, of course, the author of the hugely popular Charlie Parker crime series and is currently on tour promoting his new book about the life of Stan Laurel, he. Other people included in the book are such genre luminaries as Clive Barker, Stephen King, Elizabeth Massie and Ray Garton. More details soon…


BFS Horizons, Issue 5


Also, Marie’s BFS award-nominated short story, ‘Can You See Me?’, has been reprinted in the new issue of BFS Horizons. If you’re not a member, join up to receive a copy.


HWA presents Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting. What Makes A Good Horror Script panel. L to R: Stephen Gallagher, Jason Arnopp, Eric Steele, Joe Ahearne


L to R: Stephen Gallagher, Jason Arnopp, Eric Steele


The HWA Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting event at the Quad in Derby last month (see previous news sections for details) was a resounding success. Here are some photos from it, including above (L-R) Stephen Gallagher, Jason Arnopp, moderator Eric Steele and Joe Ahearne on the ‘What Makes a Good Horror Script?’ panel, while below you’ll find Stephen Volk giving his talk on Writing Paranormal TV…


Alex Davis of The Quad, introducing Stephen Volk


Stephen Volk


….below you’ll find the Short Film panel line-up, a shot of some of the audience members, plus the line-up for the TV panel….

Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting - Short Films: A Way into Scripting? Jason Arnopp, Cat Davies, Jennifer Handorf, James Moran, Owen Tooth


Some of the audience at Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting


Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting. How to Break into Writing For TV.  Joe Ahearned, Alex Davis, Stephen Gallagher, James Moran, Stephen Volk


…then you have highlights from the Short Film and Clips showcase, featuring trailers from Simeon Halligan’s White Settlers & Habit, Owen Tooth’s short Hunted, Cat Davies & James Moran’s trailer for Bloodshed and Cat’s short Connie, complete with special guest…


Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting. Short Films and Movie Clips Showcase. Simeon Halligan, Owen Tooth, Cat Davies and James Moran


White Settlers titles


Owen Tooth


Hunted titles


James Moran


Cat Davies and Connie


Connie titles


A scene from Connie


Finally, producer Jennifer Handorf introduces Prevenge, written and directed by Alice Lowe.


Jennifer Handorf


Prevenge poster


Alice Lowe in a scene from Prevenge




Bury Them Deep, Marie O'Regan


The first big news this month is the wraparound cover reveal of Marie’s new book, Bury Them Deep, from Hersham Horror – due to launch at this year’s FantasyCon (above). Marie also received a proof of the book herself (below) and pretty gorgeous it looks too!


Bury Them Deep, Marie O'Regan - proof copy of book


Marie’s reviews for two other books, meanwhile, have been added to the Sci-Fi Bulletin site – the paperback releases of The Evidence of Ghosts by A.K. Benedict, and My Best Friend’s Exorcism (both below). You can read these here and here.

The Evidence of Ghosts, A.K. Benedict


My Best Friend's Exorcism, Grady Hendrix


Events-wise, Marie was on two panels at Edge-Lit last month. Here she is chairing the second one (below), discussing literary horror with the likes of Catriona Ward and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

L to R: Joanne Harris, Alison Moore, Andrew Michael Hurley, Marie O'Regan, Catriona Ward


L to R: Joanne Harris, Alison Moore, Andrew Michael Hurley, Marie O'Regan, Catriona Ward


Joanne Harris


And both Marie and Paul have been announced as Guests at the Mega Liverpool Horrorcon (below) alongside people like David Moody and Adam Nevill. The event takes place on 7th & 8th October; more details as and when.


Liverpool Horror Con


Finally, the HWA’s ‘Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting’ event at the Quad has a new flyer (below).


Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting Flyer


It has also added two great new names to the line-up: Joe Ahearne, who recently wrote and directed the BBC thriller The Replacement – and Stephen Gallagher – creator of Eleventh Hour, which starred Patrick Stewart (both below).


The Replacement, written by Joe Ahearne


Eleventh Hour, created and written by Stephen Gallagher


he event will take place on Saturday 19th August and you can book your ticket simply by clicking here.



Marie’s panels for Edge-Lit 6 at the Quad in Derby on 15th July have now been finalised. At 12pm she is on the panel ‘From the Dead: Is Horror Fiction Climbing Back Towards Its Peak of Popularity Once Again?’ and then at 2pm she will be chairing the HWA sponsored panel ‘Dark Art: Has Horror Made a Comeback by Becoming More Literary?’. You can book your ticket for the event and see the full schedule by clicking here.


Highlighting Horror event: L to R: Stephen Volk, Jason Arnopp, James Moran, Jennifer Handorf and Simeon Halligan


And staying with the Quad for a moment, Marie & Paul’s new HWA event in conjunction with Alex Davis (who runs Edge) is ‘Highlighting Horror: Scriptwriting’. This will feature such practitioners as (from L-R above) Stephen Volk (Afterlife, The Awakening), Jason Arnopp (The Last Days of Jack Sparks, Stormhouse), James Moran (Severance, Cockneys vs Zombies), Jennifer Handorf (Prevenge, The Devil’s Business) and Simeon Halligan (The Blood Lands, Habit) – with more to come. The day will take place on 19th August and you can find out more on the Facebook page here.


Great British Horror Vol. 2 - Dark Satanic Mills, edited by Steve J. Shaw


Fiction news now, though, and the first announcement is that Marie’s story ‘Sleeping Black’ will appear in Great British Horror Vol. 2, Black Satanic Mills, from Black Shuck Books, which will launch at FantasyCon in September.

Also launching there will be her new novella, Bury Them Deep (which includes a bonus short story ‘Ssshh…’and a reprint of her first published short story, ‘Suicide Bridge’). That will be published by Hersham Horror Books.

If you can’t wait that long, then you’ll find a reprint of ‘Can You See Me?’ which was nominated for a BFS Best Short Story award in 2006, in the June/July issue of the BFS magazine Horizons.  



PS Publishing's limited edition of Night Shift, by Stephen King. Artwork by Dave McKean


The first bit news this month is that copies of the new version of Stephen King’s Night Shift published by PS has shipped. As reported in previous news sections, this version contains gorgeous cover and internal art by Dave McKean and an afterword by Marie and Paul (photos above and below).


Stephen King signing sheet, Night Shift by Stephen King, PS Publising


Night Shift by Stephen King, signing sheet - signed by Dave McKean, Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane


Internal story (Boogeyman) and illustration for Night Shift by Stephen King


Marie is sad to have to report that Swansea HorrorCon (below) has been cancelled by the organisers.


Swansea Horror Con cancelled


However, it has just been announced that Marie is a guest again this year at Edge-Lit 6 on 15 July, where she will be on panels talking about her work and the genre. You can book your ticket for that event and see the schedule by clicking here.


Back: A.K. Benedict Front: Kate Walshe


Above and below you’ll find photos from author A.K. Benedict’s 40th Birthday Party Masked Ball, which Marie and Paul attended. The event was overseen by surprise guest the Goblin King who was DJ-ing for the evening.


Masked partygoer


DJ Jarath, The Goblin King



Habit poster


In April Paul & Marie were invited to the cast and crew screening of Habit – directed by their friend Simeon Halligan (above and below). Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Stephen McGeagh it stars Jessica Barden (Penny Dreadful), Elliot James Langridge (Hollyoaks) and Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale).


Habit director, Simeon Halligan

Cast and crew screening, Habit, Printworks Manchester


The Queen Mary, StokerCon 2017


Registration sign - Welcome to StokerCon 2017


Corridor, The Queen Mary, StokerCon 2017


But that wasn’t the only event Paul & Marie have attended recently. They just got back from attending StokerCon in Long Beach, California, where they were on board the beautiful Queen Mary (above). Here are just a few of the photos, including having a look around the neighbourhood, Marie enjoying the sun on deck, and Paul and Marie with Guest of Honour Peter Crowther of PS Publishing (all below).


Long Beach, California


Marie O'Regan relaxing outside on the observation deck of The Queen Mary at StokerCon 2017


L to R: Peter Crowther, Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan


Below you can see the couple celebrating at one of their tenth anniversary dinners, this one with the Crowthers and the Smiths – photo by Paula Grainger.


L to R: Michael Marshall Smith, Peter Crowther, Nicky Crowther, Paul Kane, Marie O'Regan and Nate Smith


Anniversary cake


And here are just a few of the interviews and panels they attended, the Mike Flanagan (director of Oculus and forthcoming Gerald’s Game) interview, creator of Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin’s interview, and the horror panel with (L-R) Peter Atkins, Peter Crowther, Stephen Jones and Michael Marshall Smith.       


Rebeka McKendry and Mike Flanagan


L to R: Leslie Klinger and George R.R. Martin


L to R: Pete Atkins, Peter Crowther, Stephen Jones and Michael Marshall Smith


Finally, here are photos of Paul and Marie at the Stoker Awards Banquet on the Saturday evening.


StokerCon 2017 banquet


Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan



Swansea Horror Con - Marie O'Regan


The big news this month is that Marie will be a guest at Swansea HorrorCon at Swansea Leisure Complex, Oystermouth on 1-2 of July, alongside stars such as Kane ‘Friday the 13th’ Hodder and Bond Girl Caroline Monroe.

To book your tickets and see a full list of the other Guests simply click here.


The Coroner


However, last month Marie was at the thoroughly enjoyable ‘An evening with Sally Abbott’ (creator of the highly successful show The Coroner, above) at MediaCity and organised by the Writers’ Room. You’ll find photos from that one below.


BBC building, Media City, Salford Quays


BBC Writersroom - In conversation with Sally Abbott


Sally Abbott


BBC Building, Media City, Salford Quays


She was also busy signing the new PS edition of Stephen King’s Night Shift – signing sheets designed by Dave McKean. Marie and Paul provided an afterword to this, one of King’s most famous collections (see January’s news for more details) which you can order here.


Signing Sheets for Night Shift, by Stephen King


Night Shift by Stephen King, artwork by Dave McKean


Night Shift by StephenKing, signing sheet



Women in Horror Month


February is Women in Horror Month, and as part of the celebration of Women in Horror, author Mark West has put a 'mixtape' of recommended stories by female authors, chosen by authors in the field, on his blog here. Marie chose an old favourite, 'The Lost Ghost', by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman - a classic in the field, and a story Marie was delighted to be able to include in her anthology, The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women.


Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough


Marie was delighted to be able to attend a launch party for Sarah Pinborough's new thriller from Harper Collins, Behind Her Eyes, in London last month (pictures above and below).


The crowd at Sarah Pinborough's launch for Behind Her Eyes


The book, as modelled by Sarah below, went on to become a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller – and you can get your copy by clicking here.


Sarah Pinborough, author of 'Behind Her Eyes'



Night Shift, Stephen King, artwork by Dave McKean

A Happy New Year to one and all, and we hit the ground running in 2017 with the huge news that Marie and Paul have been asked to provide an afterword for the gorgeous-looking hardback edition of Stephen King’s famous collection Night Shift (above), due to be published by PS soon.


The Lawnmower Man, Stephen King


As well as being a milestone in the genre, Night Shift was King’s first collection and brought together many of his tales that would go on to be adapted for film and television, including The Lawnmower Man (above), Graveyard Shift, Sometimes They Come Back (below), Children of the Corn and The Mangler (also below)…


Sometimes They Come Back, Stephen King


The Mangler, Stephen King


This new edition of the book features stunning cover art and internal illustrations by Dave McKean, a selection of which you’ll find below.  


Night Shift by Stephen King - interior artwork by Dave McKean, Quitters, Inc.


Night Shift, Stephen King - interior artwork by Dave McKean


Night Shift, by Stephen King - interior artwork by Dave McKean


To pre-order your copy, head over to the PS Publishing website, here.


The Burning Page, by Genevieve Cogman


Marie also found time to review The Burning Page (above), which is the new novel from Genevieve Cogman – the latest in her ‘Invisible Library’ series. You can read what she thought of this release on the Sci-Fi Bulletin site here


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