Fantastic Fridays: Ethna Carbery

Welcome to the series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “One bleak night in autumn a sound outside drew him to the door, and opening it, he stood listening.” – “The Wee Gray Woman” (1903) Ethna Carbery (1866-1902) was the pen name of […]

Fantastic Fridays: C. S. Lewis

Welcome to the series on Irish writers of the fantastic. Swan River Press takes us on a tour through Ireland’s fantasy heritage. “If ever they remembered their life in this world it was as one remembers a dream.” – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (1950) C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) is widely considered a […]

Fantastic Fridays: Clotilde Graves

Welcome to a 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. “Only the dead are faithful to Love—because they are dead,” she said. “The living live on—and forget!” – A Vanished Hand (1914)   Clotilde Graves (1863-1932) […]

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: James Stephens

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. “What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow.” – The Crock of Gold (1912)   James Stephens was born in Dublin in 1880. Like many young Irish poets […]

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 […]