Fantastic Fridays: Dorothy Macardle

Welcome to another entry in a series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “It would be strange, indeed, if the vigour and content of the living could not banish the lingering sorrows of the dead.” – The Uninvited (1941)   Dorothy Macardle—historian, playwright, […]

Fantastic Fridays: Katherine Tynan

Welcome to another entry in a series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “Any whose business brought them to the attic looked in the corners warily, while they stayed, but the servants did not like to go there alone.” – “The First Wife” […]

Fantastic Fridays: Lady Augusta Gregory

Welcome to another entry in a series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “He called to it and said, ‘Tell me what you are?’ ” – “The Unquiet Dead” (1920)   Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932), noted folklorist and playwright, was born Isabella Augusta […]

Fantastic Fridays: Lord Dunsany

Welcome to another entry in a series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.” – – The Laughter of the Gods (1917)   Lord Dunsany (Edward John […]

Fantastic Fridays: B. M. Croker

Welcome to another entry in a series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “Why was I conscious of a beating heart, accompanied by a scarcely defined, but undeniable dread?” – “The Red Woollen Necktie” (1896)   B. M. Croker (c.1849-1920) was a popular […]

Fantastic Fridays: Lafcadio Hearn

Welcome to another entry in a series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “The Fairy of Science sometimes touches my ears and eyes with her wand; and then, for a little time, I am able to hear things inaudible, and to perceive things […]

Fantastic Fridays: L. T. Meade

Welcome to a new series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Over the next few months Swan River Press will be taking us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “She stands there at the foot of the bed; she wears a hood, and her face is yellow. She has been dead a long time.” […]

Fantastic Fridays: Bram Stoker

Welcome to a new series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Over the next few months Swan River Press will be taking us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but […]

Fantastic Fridays: Rosa Mulholland

Welcome to a new series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Over the next few months Swan River Press will be taking us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “The lonely graveyard is far away, an’ the dead man is hard to raise—” –“Not to Be Taken at Bed-Time” (1865)   Rosa Mulholland (1841-1921), […]

Fantastic Fridays: Fitz-James O’Brien

Welcome to a new series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Over the next few months Swan River Press will be taking us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “It was shaped like a man—distorted, uncouth, and horrible, but still a man.” – “What Was It?” (1859) Fitz-James O’Brien was born in Cork on […]