Shadows At The Door Anthology Available To Pre-Order


Hello all! I have just received word that the hardback edition of the  Shadows At The Door anthology project, of which I am part, is now available to pre-order. This is a project I’m really excited about.

So  if you’d like more information or to grab your copy of the creepy goings on over at Shadows At The Door just follow the link

Or if you would like to revisit my interviews with some of the authors you can do so here

Lot No.249 by Arthur Conan Doyle -Book Review


Lot No. 249 (Penguin Little Black Classics)Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A while back I was browsing through the list of Penguin’s little black classics when I came across Lot No.249 by Arthur Conan Doyle. It wasn’t one I was familiar with. It was described as the first story to feature a supernatural mummy. Not being overly familiar with mummy literature, excepting the ring of Thoth, also by Conan Doyle and of a different variety, the mummy not being the supernatural element, when I was obliged to buy some books for my next course I decided to treat myself to this one at the same time; well it would be rude not to. For £1 it seemed worth a try.

The story centres around three students who occupy rooms in a secluded part of their college. Life is quiet until a series of strange occurrences begin to take place on campus.

The story is dramatic with moments of tense and atmospheric action. There is also the traditional element of an unbeliever finding the truth thrust upon him.

Yes, to the modern reader the plot may feel familiar and obvious but for the first mummy story of its kind I can imagine this was something of a spine chiller back in the day.

It is as well written as we have come to expect from a Conan Doyle story and I found it to be a fun, quick read. Being a Little Black Classic this was short but sweet and well worth the investment of £1 to discover a new (to me) Conan Doyle horror and one of the best of his that I’ve read in this genre so far.

Last Chance To Back Our Kickstarter


Well, ladies and gents we are down to the last 6 hours of our Kickstarter for the Shadows at the Door anthology. We are 81% funded and need as much help as possible to get us to the finish line.

Kickstarter is all or nothing so if we don’t reach our target by the deadline we wont receive a penny from all the pledges so far.

So please spread the word if you can and back us if you can/would like to. And a big thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far. We really appreciate it.

Shadows at the Door – Author Interview With M. Regan


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Hello, folks. Thank you for joining me for another author interview. Today I am joined by Shadows at the Door author M. Regan.

When did you first fall in love with the horror genre?

I think it was more of a “gradual descent” than a “fall.” I actually hated horror as a child! But as I got older and began to prefer stories with more substance— with meat and bones, shall we say— I realized that my favorite parts in fantasies and romances were when things took a turn for the morbid. It took a while for me to understand that “horror” could mean more than gratuitous gore and jump scares, but after I had that epiphany, I became far more intrigued by the genre.

Which subgenre/s of horror would you say your work falls into?

I would say my writing is more along the lines of “dark fiction.” I have a weakness for the gothic, the paranormal, and the supernatural, and have a hard time saying “no” to Faustian contracts.

What is it about the horror genre that appeals to you as a reader and as a writer?

In high school, a friend of mine lent me a copy of Jhonen Vasquez’s cult classic, “Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.” It was a surprisingly deep read, but one of the things I remember most vividly about the comic was its forward. In it, the argument was made that everyone has a little monster inside of them, one that survives on our most depraved thoughts and our strangest fantasies. That little monster is an important part of who we are, and it needs to Continue reading