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In Times of Want and Other Stories, by Marie O'Regan


The first piece of exciting news this month is that Marie’s collection, In Times of Want, has sold out of its first print run at the publishers’. You can still pick up an e-book copy, however, to see what all the fuss is about by clicking here.


The Hidden People, by Alison Littlewood


Marie also reviewed Alison Littlewood’s new novel from Jo Fletcher Books last month, The Hidden People (above). You can find out what she thought of this one on the Sci-Fi Bulletin site by clicking here.


Sledge-Lit 2


Marie has been out and about at events since the last update. Last month it was as a Guest for the second time running at Sledge-Lit (above). And below, you’ll find pictures of her on the panel ‘Size Matters? Is Shorter Fiction Making a Comeback?’ with Niki Valentine, Adam Millard and Terry Grimwood, who was chairing.


Sledge-Lit Short Story panel. L to R: Niki Valentine, Adam Millard, Marie O'Regan and Terry Grimwood.


L to R: Adam Millard, Marie O'Regan, Terry Grimwood


Then she was on the panel ‘The Award Goes To... Do Award Nominations and Wins Help Books and Authors?’ with KT Davies, chair Penny Reeve from Angry Robot Books, Mark Morris and Guest of Honour Stephen Volk (below).


And, earlier this month, Marie was at the British Fantasy Society Christmas Open Night. Below you’ll find photos of that event, including one with Paul and director of Hallows Eve, Brad Watson.


BFS Open Night


BFS Christmas Open Night, The Counting House, London, December 2016


L to R: Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane and Brad Watson


And that’s it for 2016! So it just remains to wish all the visitors to Marie’s site a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you all in 2017 for more news on her work.





The main news this month is that Marie is a guest at Sledge-lit for the second year in a row. Not only that, she is on two panels: ‘Size Matters? Is Shorter Fiction Making a Comeback?’ at 3:30pm, with Adam Millard, Niki Valentine, Simon Clark and Terry Grimwood as chair, then straight away afterwards, ‘The Award Goes To... Do Award Nominations and Wins Help Books and Authors?’ at 4:30pm with KT Davies, Mark Morris, Stephen Volk and Penny Reeve, who is chairing that particular one.

To book your ticket for the event, which takes place on Saturday 26th at the Quad in Derby, just click here.


Some Will Not Sleep, by Adam LG Nevill


Last month Marie reviewed the new book by Adam Nevill, a collection called Some Will Not Sleep (above). To find out what she made of it, you can read the review on Sci-Fi Bulletin here.


In Times of Want and Other Stories, by Marie O'Regan


And Marie’s collection In Times of Want, which launched at FantasyCon in September, is now available to buy in paperback on Amazon. To pick up a copy directly from there just click here.


Six Scary Stories, selected and introduced by Stephen King


We begin this month with a couple of reviews Marie has done, the first of Six Scary Stories (above) – chosen and introduced by Stephen King from entries to a competition run by his publishers in tandem with the release of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams – which you can find over on the Mass Movement website here.


This Savage Song, by V. E. Schwab


The second was for This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab (above) and you can read what she thought about that one on the Sci-Fi Bulletin site here.


The Grand Hotel, Scarborough - FantasyCon by the Sea


Next up we have pictures from FantasyCon by the Sea, which took place in Scarborough and was spread over two hotels: The Grand (above) and The Royal. Below you’ll find photos from the interview Marie did with Mike Carey on the Friday night, author of The Girl With All The Gifts and Fellside (as M.R. Carey)…


Marie O'Regan and Mike (M.R.) Carey


Marie O'Regan interviews Mike (M.R.) Carey


…. Then pictures from the Horror Writers Association/Jo Fletcher Books party she co-hosted, including one of her and co-chair of the UK Chapter of the HWA, Paul…


Jo Fletcher Books/Horror Writers Association Party at FantasyCon by the Sea


Crowd at the Jo Fletcher Books/Horror Writers Association signing and party, FantasyCon by the Sea


Olivia Mead of Jo Fletcher Books mans the sales table.


Authors signing - L to R: Jan Edwards, C.C. Adams, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman, Stephen Jones


Jo Fletcher Books/Horror Writers Association signing and party, FantasyCon by the Sea


Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan, Co-Chairs of the HWA UK Chapter

Photo © CC Adams


….next, below, you’ll find photos of Marie on the ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ panel from the Saturday with (L-R) Maura McHugh, Anne Nichols, chair Heide Goody, Catriona Ward and Priya Sharma…


'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' panel at FantasyCon by the Sea. L to R: Maura McHugh, Anne Nichols, Heide Goody, Catriona Ward, Marie O'Regan and Priya Sharma


L to R: Catriona Ward, Marie O'Regan, Priya Sharma


Marie O'Regan


…then it was onto the hugely successful launch of Marie’s collection, In Times of Want and other stories (which virtually sold out on the Saturday evening). Here you’ll see her signing copies of the book at the event, which Hersham Horror Publisher Peter Mark May introduced…


Hersham Horror Books launch event at FantasyCon by the Sea; featuring Laudanum Nights by Stephen Bacon, Paupers' Graves by James Everington, In Times of Want by Marie O'Regan, Becoming David by Phil Sloman and The Factory by Mark West.


Bookmarks for In Times of Want


Copies of In Times of Want by Marie O'Regan at the launch for Hersham Horror Books


Peter Mark May of Hersham Horror Books introduces his authors. L to R: Marie O'Regan, Mark West, James Everington, Phil Sloman and Stephen Bacon.


Marie signing copies of In Times of Want


Marie O'Regan


Signed copy of In Times of Want by Marie O'Regan


Marie O'Regan signing a copy of In Times of Want


…before finally taking part in the HWA-sponsored publishing panel with (L-R) agent Ian Drury, chair Paul, publisher Jo Fletcher and editor Stephen Jones on the Saturday…


L to R: Ian Drury, Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane, Jo Fletcher and Stephen Jones

Photo © Stephen Jones

Last, but not least, on the Sunday it was time for the BFS Awards banquet – hosted by Lee Harris with awards presented such luminaries as Joe Hill – where Marie herself was given with an award for her involvement with the Red Shirts over various conventions. Photos of all this below:


British Fantasy Awards banner


Foreground, L to R: Stephen Jones, Amanda Foubister, Jo Fletcher, Ian Drury. Background, L to R: Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane, Fergus Beadle, Alison Littlewood, Sam Bradbury, Les Edwards, Val Edwards

Photo © Alison Littlewood


Lee Harris hosting the BFS awards ceremony


L to R: Alison Littlewood, Sam Bradbury, Les Edwards, Val Edwards


Joe Hill speaking at the BFS awards


BFS Award winners: L to R: Ruth Booth, Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane, Alex Davis, Brian Marshall, Pixie Peigh, Tim Lebbon, Bella Pagan, Robert Shearman, Phil Lunt, Catriona Ward, Priya Sharma, Zen Cho

Photo © Peter Coleborn


The Karl Edward Wagner Award 2016, given to all FantasyCon Redshirts, past and present.




List of Guests at Dublin Ghost Story Festival


Marie was out and about quite a bit in August. Firstly, she was joined her fellow ‘esteemed guests’, as well as Guest of Honour Adam Nevill and Master of Ceremonies John Connolly (above in the booklet) at the Dublin Ghost Story Festival between the 18th and 21st.

The event kicked off with a reception held at Gallery X on the Thursday evening, part of Brian Coldrick’s ‘Behind You’ exhibition. On the Friday was a tour of St Michan’s and its mummies, then it was on to the Grand Lodge of Ireland building where the main Festival was being held for a James Joyce whiskey reception and a performance from Robert Lloyd-Parry as M.R. James (photos from all these below).

Dublin Ghost Story Festival poster and artwork from Brian Coldrick


Reception at 'Behind You' Exhibition by Brian Coldrick at Gallery X


Tour of crypt at St. Michan's church in Dublinl


The mummies in St. Michan's crypt


The Grand Lodge of Ireland, Molesworth Street, Dublin - venue for Dublin Ghost Story Festival


James Joyce Limited Edition Whiskey


Whiskey reception at Dublin Ghost Story Festival


Audience for Robert Lloyd-Parry's dramatised reading of two M.R. James stories


Robert Lloyd-Parry's reading


Marie’s panel started the festival proceedings proper on the Saturday, which was introduced by John. She had fun chatting about ghost stories with Paul, Lynda E. Rucker (who moderated), Angela Slatter and Adam Nevill – all in front of a packed audience (photos below)

Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane and John Connolly

Photo courtesy of Sarah Pinborough


L to R: Adam Nevill, Angela Slatter, Lynda E. Rucker, Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane

Photo courtesy of Brian J. Showers


Audience for panels at Dublin Ghost Story Festival


Guest interviews followed, including Sarah Pinborough talking to Adam and David Mitchell reading from his new novel Slade House then chatting with John (below).

Adam Nevill interviewed by Sarah Pinborough


David Mitchell reads from Slade House


David Mitchell and John Connolly


Saturday night saw the raffle, followed by the well-received Horror Writers Association wine reception, then the whole thing was wrapped up by co-organiser Brian Showers of Swan River Press (below).

Wine reception and raffle at Dublin Ghost Story Festival


Brian J. Showers of Swan River Press


Later that same week later, Marie attended the Angela Slatter Jo Fletcher/HWA event at Forbidden Planet in London. You can photos of this above and below, including Angela’s signing, and the gathering afterwards at the Crown and Anchor where Marie gave a speech about the Horror Writers Association – as co-chair of the UK Chapter.

Forbidden Planet


Forbidden Planet signing for Jo Fletcher Books author Angela Slatter


Angela Slatter signing copies of her novel, Vigil


Angela Slatter and party at The Crown and Anchor following the signing


Stephen Jones, Paul Kane, Marie O'Regan, Phil Sloman

Photo courtesy of Angela Slatter


Laura Lee, Lavie Tidhar, Lydia Gittens, Helen Marshall, Lynda Rucker, Maura McHugh


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Marie O'Regan and Angela Slatter


L to R: Lynda E. Rucker, Sean Hogan, Stephen Jones, Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane, Helen Marshall, Robert shearman, Amanda Foubister, Maura McHugh, Angela Slatter, Sam Bradbury, Phil Sloman, Laura Lee

Photo courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books


The Girl With All the Gifts


An upcoming event now, and Marie will of course be at FantasyCon again this year – in fact her schedule has just been announced. On Friday 23rd September at 6pm she’ll be interviewing Mike (M.R.) Carey – author of The Girl With All the Gifts, which has been turned into a movie starring Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton (above) – and then co-hosting a Jo Fletcher Books/HWA party and signing at 9pm.

She has two panels on the Saturday, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ at 5pm (with Heide Goody, Catriona Ward, Priya Sharma, Maura McHugh and Anne Nichols) and ‘Every Day I Write The Book’ at 9pm (with Paul, Stephen Jones, Ian Drury and Jo Fletcher). She is also launching her collection from Hersham Horror, In Time of Want, at 7pm that evening (see last month for more details about the book).

So to book your ticket, if you haven’t already, click here.



Wraparound cover for 'In Times of Want and other stories' by Marie O'Regan

The big news this month is the cover reveal for Marie’s new collection, In Times of Want – published by Hersham Horror, and launching at FantasyCon in September. The stunning cover art is by Edward Miller, and the collection comes complete with an introduction by Sarah Pinborough (13 Minutes, Behind Her Eyes) and an afterword by Johnny Mains (Dead Funny, Best British Horror).


The Lowry, Manchester


Marie was also at various events last month, starting with Creative England’s Northern Lights at the Lowry – in the very heart of Manchester’s Media City (above and below).


ITV building, Salford Quays


Creative England, Northern Lights event


Giving advice about film and TV writing were such names as Adult Life Skills writer/director Rachel Tunnard (below, right)…


L to R: Caroline Norbury and Rachel Tunnard


Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley


…writer of Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley (above), Sally Wainwright, and founder of RED production company Nicola Shindler (below middle and right). The event even had its own cupcakes! (below)


L to R: John Newbigin, Sally Wainwright, Nicola Shindler


Creative England Northern Lights event, cupcakes


Then, as a NewCon author Marie was on hand to help the press celebrate ten wonderful years down in London, which included more cake and a heartfelt speech by NewCon’s very own Ian Whates (all below).


The Crossbones Inn sign


NewCon Press 10th Anniversary celebration cake


Ian Whates' speech at NewCon Press 10th anniversary party


Finally, Marie was a guest at Edge-Lit in Derby, where she was on the ‘Horror, Thriller or Chiller?’ panel with Jason Arnopp, Sarah Pinborough, Johnny Mains and V.H. Leslie, then later on the ‘Professional Writing’ panel – which she chaired – with Ali Shaw, Jason, M. John Harrison and Nina Allen. You can see photos from all these below.


Horror, Thriller, Chiller panel at Edge Lit - with Jason Arnopp, V.H. Leslie, Johnny Mains, Marie O'Regan, Sarah Pinborough


L to R: V.H. Leslie, Marie O'Regan, Johnny Mains


'What's It Like To Be  A Professional Writer panel at Edge Lit 5. L to R: Ali Shaw, Jason Arnopp, Marie O'Regan (Chair), M.John Harrison


L to R: Ali Shaw, Jason Arnopp, Marie O'Regan, M.John Harrison and Nina Allen



L to R: Paul Kane, Joe Hill, Marie O'Regan


Marie had a great time last month at the Joe Hill Fireman event in Derby, as you can see from the photos above and below, including Joe with Marie and Paul, setting up the Kazoochestra on stage and signing books.   

Joe Hill


Joe Hill and the kazoochestra


Joe Hill signing books at Derby Book Festival


Marie’s schedule has now been released for Edge-Lit (see last month for more details about the event itself): At 10 a.m.she is on a panel called ‘Horror, Thriller, Chiller… What’s the Difference, Really?’ with Jason Arnopp, V.H. Leslie, Conrad Williams and Johnny Mains. Then at 4p.m. she’s chairing a panel called ‘The Truth About Writing – What’s it Like to be a Professional Writer?’ with Nina Allan, M. John Harrison and Ali Shaw.


Hope and Red, by Jon Skovron


Marie has also been busy reviewing books, with three appearing on the Sci-Fi Bulletin website. You can find out what she thought of Hope and Red by Jon Skovron (above), My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix and Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger (below) here, here and here.


Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, by Paul Krueger


She also reviewed Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell and End of Watch by Stephen King (below) for Mass Movement, and you can read those here and here.


End of Watch, by Stephen King



Dublin Ghost Story Festival logo


Marie is delighted to announce that she’s one of the guests at The Dublin Ghost Story Festival, Friday 19th – Sunday 21st August, run by Swan River Press with sponsorship from the HWA UK. Guest of Honour is Adam Nevill (No One Gets Out Alive, Lost Girl), with John Connolly (Nocturnes, Night Music) as MC and other guests including David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks), Sarah Pinborough (The Death House, 13 Minutes) and Angela Slatter (Of Sorrow and Such, Vigil) in attendance.   

To read more about the event and to book your tickets just click here.


The Fireman, Joe Hill

Before that, though, Marie will also be attending the Joe Hill event in Derby at the Quad on 11th June. Joe will be there to celebrate the launch of his new novel The Fireman (above), as part of the Derby Literary Festival.

You can find out more about that and book your tickets simply by clicking here.



HWA Meeting, Derby.

Above and below you’ll find photos from the first ever HWA UK Horror Meet held in Derby at the Ye Olde Dolphin Inne. In the first Marie is introducing the event and in the second, guest A.K. Benedict is doing a reading from her latest book Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts.

And there are reports about the event here and here.

A K Benedict reading from Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts


The HWA are also one of the sponsors of this year’s Edge-Lit, at the Quad in Derby on 16th July, which will feature Marie as one of the Guest Speakers alongside Sarah Pinborough (The Death House, 13 Minutes) Jason Arnopp (The Last Days of Jack Sparks, Stormhouse) and Paul Cornell (Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?, Elementary).


To read the full list of guests and book your tickets just visit the Quad website here.


Marie also reviewed John Connolly's A Time of Torment (below), the latest Charlie Parker thriller, for Mass Movement Magazine. You can find her review here.

A Time of Torment, by John Connolly




A.K. Benedict


We hit the ground running this month, with the first HWA Horror Meet which is on 9th April in Derby at the reputedly haunted Ye Olde Dolphin Inne from 2pm to 7pm. Our guest is the wonderful A.K. Benedict (above), author of The Beauty of Murder and Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts.

All members of HWA UK are welcome, plus this event will also be open to non-members who are interested in meeting fellow horror fans and writers and learning more about what the Horror Writers Association can do for its members.

The link for the pub is here. It’s about a twenty-minute walk from the train station or five minutes in a cab. For anyone wanting to stay over, there are quite a few hotels not too far away.

For more details and to register your interest, visit the Facebook page for this event here.


Black Wings of Cthulhu IV, edited by S.T. Joshi


Last month Marie reviewed the latest Lovecraft-inspired anthology, Black Wings of Cthulhu 4 edited by S.T. Joshi. You can read her thoughts about it on the Sci-Fi Bulletin site here.



Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts, by A.K. Benedict


Two of Marie’s reviews were published on the Sci-Fi Bulletin site in February. You can read what she thought of A.K. Benedict’s Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts (above) and Jen Williams’ The Silver Tide (below) here and here.


The Silver Tide by Jen Williams


She also designed a new flyer for the UK Chapter of the Horror Writers Association (below), which she recently became the co-chair of. For more details about the HWA and for up to date information about the events that are approaching keep checking the site here and its Twitter page by here.

Horror Writers Association UK Chapter  Flyer



Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan


As part of a special Mr & Mrs version of his interview series, ‘The Lowdown’, Simon Bestwick interviewed Marie last month. She talks about her background, her fiction and publications such as Hellbound Hearts and The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories By Women (below), and you can read it all just by clicking here.

The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women, edited by Marie O'Regan




Horror Writers' Association

Welcome to the first news update of 2016, and here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year! We begin with some very exciting news in the form of Marie & Paul taking over as co-chairs of the UK Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. Formed in 1985 by Joe Lansdale, Karen Lansdale, and Robert McCammon, to promote awareness of horror literature, the HWA’s first president was none other than Dean Koontz, and in 1987 it inaugurated the Bram Stoker Awards®, the highest recognition for writing in the horror genre. You can find out more about the organisation by visiting its homepage here

Keep checking back for more announcements in the months ahead about related promotions and events over here in the UK, but in the meantime you can visit the HWA UK site and join by clicking here and go to its Twitter page by clicking here.


Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women


Marie’s first fiction appearance of the year was in Obsidian (above), an e-book from NewCon Press celebrating a ‘Decade of Horror Stories by Women’. Marie features alongside such names as Sarah Pinborough, Alison Littlewood, Lisa Tuttle and the late, great Tanith Lee to name but a few, with her ghost story ‘The Cradle in the Corner’. You can read more about the publication and buy it by clicking here.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King

In addition to all this, Marie has been busy reviewing a raft of genre books, starting with Stephen King’s new collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (above) for Mass Movement magazine. To read her thoughts about that one, just click here.

The Masked City, Genevieve Cogman


Lost Girl, Adam Nevill


You can also read Marie’s reviews of The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman and Lost Girl by Adam Nevill  (both above),  as well as her review of The Night Clock by Paul Meloy (below) for Sci-Fi Bulletin here, here and here.


The Night Clock, Paul Meloy


Finally, Hersham Horror Books, publishers of Marie’s The Curse of the Ghost novelette have announced a brand new collection from her called In Times of Want. Out later this year, this will include all of Marie’s stories from recent years, plus a very special introduction. More details to come as and when about this, so keep checking back. 


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