Welcome to Dublin, the City of Ghosts and Guinness! The literary ghost story in all its guises has deep roots in Ireland Ė from the domestic hauntings of Mrs. Riddell's Weird Stories to the spectral disturbances of J.S. Le Fanu's In a Glass Darkly; from Elizabeth Bowen's urbane "Demon Lover" to Bram Stoker's blood-drenched and monolithic contribution to literature: Dracula. We invite you to join us at the Dublin Ghost Story Festival to raise a pint of the black stuff and celebrate literature of the supernaturalóboth past and presentóin a city where some of the genre's most memorable nightmares were born. Slainte! More...



 
 


NEW TITLE: Originally published in 1924, the nine tales that comprise Earth-Bound were written by Dorothy Macardle while she was held a political prisoner in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol and Mountjoy Prison. The stories incorporate themes that intrigued her throughout her life; themes out of the myths and legends of Ireland; ghostly interventions, dreams and premonitions, clairvoyance, and the Otherworld in parallel with this one. It is so easy to dismiss them, as some have, merely as part of the narrative of "Irish nationalism" of the time, but it is the supernatural elements that make them much more. More...



 
 


CURRENT ISSUE: Those living in Ireland will know that this country is in the midst of a year-long commemoration of a watershed event: the 1916 Easter Rising. If you donít know about this event, take a moment to familiarise yourself with it. Suffice to say the rebellion was a major turning point in the centuries-long struggle for Irish independence. However, the violence that erupted in Dublin (and further afield) during that week in the spring of 1916 became the template for twentieth-century Irelandís myriad political and social divisions over which much blood has been spilt, creating wounds that have not yet healed. A terrible beauty indeed. More...



 
 


FEATURED ARTICLE:Dorothy Macardle, who died nearly sixty years ago, is remembered today by two books. She was the author of one of the greatest ghost mystery stories ever written in the English language ó Uneasy Freehold (1941), made into an Oscar nominated film in 1944 as The Uninvited, the title used by subsequent editions of the novel. The second book was her history The Irish Republic, published by Victor Gollancz in 1937. It is still the standard history of the period 1916-23 in Ireland and secured her reputation as a major historian. More...



 
 


FREE DOWNLOAD: The Swan River Press Reader is now available as a free download in Kindle and ePub formats. The contents of the Reader will evolve as new books become available and old books go out of print. Updates will be announced through our mailing list, Facebook and Twitter, so keep in touch! Contents: "In Hiding" from Ghosts by R.B. Russell; "The 1909 Proserpine Prize" from Seventeen Stories by Mark Valentine; "The Still, Cold Air" from Here with the Shadows by Steve Rasnic Tem; Extract from Longsword by Thomas Leland; "In the Garden" from The Old Knowledge by Rosalie Parker; "A Note to the Reader" from Old Albert by Brian J. Showers; Extract from The Dark Return of Time by R.B. Russell; "Self Catering" from The Sea Change by Helen Grant; "Silver on Green" from Written by Daylight by John Howard; "Carden in Capaea" from Selected Stories. More...





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