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About Maura McHugh
Maura McHugh was born in the USA, but raised in Ireland, where she developed a love of mythology, horror fiction, art, and writing. She has lived in New York, Dublin, and Galway, and worked in IT before succumbing to her love of storytelling.
She co-wrote the comic book Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland with Kim Newman, and is working on a variety of comic book stories in the 2000 AD universe. She's the author of the fairy tale collection, Twisted Fairy Tales, and the collection of world myths, Twisted Myths. Her collection of original short stories, The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Drams), is published by NewCon Press and was nominated for a British Fantasy Award for Best Collection.
Her non-fiction exploration of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was nominated for a British Fantasy Award for Best Non-Fiction. She's also a published poet, a produced playwright, and a screenwriter, and often appears on Irish radio discussing pop culture.
She loves exploring the woods: the darker, the wilder, the better.
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It's a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone, not just those of us with unpopular stepparents...
Here you'll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand-new hexes of the modern world - expect new monsters and mythologies as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters and stories of magic.
TWENTY TIMELESS FOLKTALES, NEW AND OLD
KAREN JOY FOWLER
MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH
CHARLIE JANE ANDERS
The darkness that endures beneath the earth . . . the disquiet that lingers in the woodland surrounding a forgotten path . . . those ancient traditions and practices that still cling to standing stone circles, earthworks, and abandoned buildings; elaborate rituals that invoke elder gods or nature deities; the restless spirits and legendary creatures that remain connected to a place or object, or exist in deep wells and lonely pools of water, waiting to ensnare the unwary traveler . . .
These concepts have been the archetypes of horror fiction for decades, but in recent years they have been given a name: Folk Horror.
This type of storytelling has existed for more than a century. Authors Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft, and M. R. James all published fiction that had it roots in the notion of the supernatural being linked to objects or places “left behind.” All four writers are represented in this volume with powerful, and hopefully unfamiliar, examples of their work, along with newer exponents of the craft such as Ramsey Campbell, Storm Constantine, Christopher Fowler, Alison Littlewood, Kim Newman, Reggie Oliver, and many others.
Illustrated with the atmospheric photography of Michael Marshall Smith, the stories in The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror tap into an aspect of folkloric tradition that has long been dormant, but never quite forgotten, while the depiction of these forces as being in some way “natural” in no way detracts from the sense of nameless dread and escalating horror that they inspire . . .
When the man called the Witchfinder becomes an agent of the Queen, he is led from the sparkling echelons of Victorian London to its dark underbelly, through the American West, and to explore the mysteries of Unland! Throughout his adventures, he'll face occult conspiracies, rampaging monsters, and London's most infamous secret society: the Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra!
This first omnibus edition collects Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder volumes 1-3, complete with extensive sketchbook section.
Have you seen the Yellow Sign?
Cassilda’s Song is a collection of weird fiction and horror stories based on the King in Yellow Mythos created by Robert W. Chambers—entirely authored by women. There are no pretenders here. The Daughters of the Yellow Sign, each a titan of unmasked fire in their own right, have parted the curtains. From Hali’s deeps and Carcosa’s gloomy balconies and Styx-black towers, come their lamentations and rage and the consequences of intrigues and follies born in Oblivion. Run into their embrace. Their carriages wait to take you from shadowed rooms and cobblestones to The Place Where the Black Stars Hang.
The 1895 release of Chambers’ best-remembered work of weird fiction was salted with nihilism and ennui, and ripe with derangement, haunting beauty, and eerie torments. Poe’s influence was present in the core tales and one could easily argue Chambers may have been influenced by the French Decadents and the disquieting transfigurations of the Symbolists. All this and more can be said of the works collected in this anthology. Carcosa, accursed and ancient, and cloud-misted Lake of Hali are here. The Hyades sing and the cloud waves break in these tales. The authority of Bierce’s cosmic horror is here. The talismantic Yellow Sign, and the titular ‘hidden’ King, and The Imperial Dynasty of America, will influence and alter you, as they have the accounts by these writers. Cassilda and other unreliable narrators, government-sponsored Lethal Chambers, and the many mysteries of the mythical Play, are boldly represented in these tributes to Chambers.
The contents of this anthology include:
- "Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic" by Damien Angelica Walters
- "She Will Be Raised a Queen" by E. Catherine Tobler
- "Yella" by Nicole Cushing
- "Yellow Bird" by Lynda E. Rucker
- "Exposure" by Helen Marshall
- "Just Beyond Her Dreaming" by Mercedes M. Yardley
- "In the Quad of Project 327" by Chesya Burke
- "Stones, Maybe" by Ursula Pflug
- "Les Fleurs Du Mal" by Allyson Bird
- "While The Black Stars Burn" by Lucy A. Snyder
- "Old Tsah-Hov" by Anya Martin
- "The Neurastheniac" by Selena Chambers
- "Dancing The Mask" by Ann K. Schwader
- "Family" by Maura McHugh
- "Pro Patria!" by Nadia Bulkin
- "Her Beginning is Her End is Her Beginning" by E. Catherine Tobler & Damien Angelica Walters
- "Grave-Worms" by Molly Tanzer
- "Strange is the Night" by S.P. Miskowski
2044: Phoebe Wise has always known she was different; she joined the Judge programme to get away from all that. But the Department has other ideas. Radical, outrageous ideas.
2141: Pam Reed is the best pre-cog Psi-Div has, rushed to a crumbling block in one of the oldest sectors of the Meg to dig through files thought long-lost.
And something has reached across the decades to bring the two Judges together, and protect a future that almost never was.
AFTER THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
It is the dawn of the twentieth century.
Following the Martians' failed invasion of Earth, the British Empire has seized their technology and unlocked its secrets for themselves. It is a Golden Age of discovery, adventure, culture, invention—and of domination, and rebellion.
Scarlet Traces reveals a world of ant-headed nightmares; vacuum salesmen; war machines; deadly secrets; clockwork marvels; and Sherlock Holmes, T. S. Eliot and Thomas Edison as you've never seen them before...
Including stories by Stephen Baxter, I. N. J. Culbard, Adam Roberts, Emma Beeby, James Lovegrove, Nathan Duck, Mark Morris, Dan Whitehead, Chris Roberson, Maura McHugh, Jonathan Green and Andrew Lane.
Eustace Fargo’s new justice system has been in effect for eight years. The old days of waiting times and backlogs are over: judgement is quick, and sentencing is instantaneous. The old police academies have all shut down, and the new order is triumphant.
But are things any better? Unrest is worse than ever. Criminals are more likely to kill rather than be caught.
There’s a war coming for the streets…
This omnibus collects three novellas by Michael Carroll, Joseph Elliott-Coleman and Maura McHugh.
Black Static 38 contains new horror and dark fantasy fiction by John Grant, Tim Waggoner, Andrew Hook, Maura McHugh, Danny Rhodes and, this issue’s debut author, Malcolm Devlin. The front and back cover art is by Joachim Luetke, and interior illustrations are by George Cotronis, Richard Wagner, David Gentry, Vincent Sammy, and Geoffrey Grisso. The usual features are present: Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk and Blood Pudding by Lynda E. Rucker (comment); Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee (DVD/Blu-ray reviews); Case Notes by Peter Tennant (book reviews: includes an interview with author Gary Fry and a review of Paul Meloy's 'Dogs with their Eyes Shut'.)
Fiction this issue
A Knot of Toads by Andrew Hook
The Last Fear by Tim Waggoner
Passion Play by Malcolm Devlin
The Hanging Tree by Maura McHugh
Passchendaele by Danny Rhodes
His Artist Wife by John Grant
The issue's artists are
Joachim Luetke (Cover art)
Peter Tennant's Case Notes book and novella reviews this issue include
Shades of Nothingness
plus author interview
Rupetta by N.A. Sulway,
Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman
La Squab by David Britton,
Lord Horror: Reverbstorm by David Britton & John Coulthart,
The Réparateur of Strasbourg by Ian R. MacLeod
Flying Fish by Randall Silvis
Dogs With Their Eyes Shut by Paul Meloy
In the Broken Birdcage of Kathleen Fair by Cate Gardner
Broken Sigil by William Meikle
The Black Church by Toby Tate
The Fading Place by Mary SanGiovanni
Nightmare Man by Alan Ryker
Tony Lee's DVD reviews this issue:
The Conjuring, Insidious Chapter 2, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, You're Next, Blood Glacier, Bounty Killer, The Complex, Kiss of the Damned, Odd Thomas, John Dies at the End, Big Ass Spider, The Colony, Prisoners, Frost
In her horror and dark fantasy stories, Maura McHugh explores her love of the uncanny, delves into the eerie past, and evokes weird landscapes that might just co-exist with our own.
"Beautifully observed and incisively written. McHugh's stories are full of surprising vistas and unsettling shifts of perspective." - Mike Carey (author of The Girl With All the Gifts)
"These stories [are] made to last, reaching deep into myth-pools for eternal, primal treasures." - Kim Newman (author of Anno Dracula)
"Maura McHugh's gloriously twisted, tale-spinning imagination entwines and embraces the reader like dark ivy." - Ian R. MacLeod (Clarke Award-winning author of Song of Time)
"Maura McHugh's stories are hugely enjoyable. Her insight and compassion, combined with a fresh, engaging voice, make her monsters, marvels and myths stand out in a crowded field." - Lisa Tuttle (Nebula Award-winning author of The Bone Flute)
"Hauntings, dark pacts and ancient gods are brought into the here and now by Maura McHugh's peculiar magic." - Priya Sharma (author of All the Fabulous Beasts) Nominated for the British Fantasy Award 2020 for Best Collection.
1. Introduction by Kim Newman
3. Who Hears Our Cries in Forgotten Tongues?
4. The Boughs Withered When I Told Them My Dreams
5. The Light at the Centre
6. A Rebellious House
7. Beautiful Calamity
9. Moments on the Cliff
10. The Gift of the Sea
12. The Tamga
13. Spooky Girl
14. The Hanging Tree
15. The Diet
16. Involuntary Muscle
18. Wake the Dead
20. Bone Mother
22. Author's Afterword