Praise for Twisted Tales Events

'In the past few years Twisted Tales has become a major force in the promotion and appreciation of horror fiction. As well as putting on author readings and signings at bookshops it has expanded into organising larger events, bringing authors and critics together for discussions of the field. I've been involved in quite a few of both and have found them hugely enjoyable and stimulating - I believe the audiences did as well. May Twisted Tales continue to grow and prosper! If you love the field, support them! I do.' - Ramsey Campbell

‘Twisted Tales consistently produce well-organised events for writers and readers of horror. What really distinguishes Twisted Tales for me is the intelligent themes and investigations they pursue, and the high quality of the discussions they always stimulate. As an author I've been invited to three of their events and have been pleasantly startled, to near shocked, by the attendance levels - two out of three were even sold out. I salute anyone who contributes so much to the literary and cultural life of horror fiction.’- Adam Nevill

'Twisted Tales events are wonderful... a great way of promoting 21st century horror fiction. Supported by Waterstone's Liverpool One and really well organised, Twisted Tales brings together established names in the genre as well as new voices and of course readers. Looking forward to much more to come...' - Alison J. Littlewood

Thursday, 15 August 2013

COMPETITION: Win Beyond Rue Morgue Poe Anthology

To enter our competition to win one of four copies of Beyond Rue Morgue (2013), edited by Paul Kane and Charles Prepolec, simply send your name and postal address to by Friday 13th September 2013. Winners will be selected at random and announced on the blog. Their details will be forwarded to the publishers, Titan, who will send out prizes directly.

To give you some insight into the anthology, we interviewed one of the editors, Paul Kane, to ask why they have returned to Poe's detective in 2013.

DM: What was the inspiration behind this anthology?
PK: I’ve been a big fan of Poe’s work since I was in my teens, and in particular the Dupin stories because I love both horror and crime. Appropriately enough – as we included this in the anthology – Clive Barker’s ‘New Murders in the Rue Morgue’ led me to Dupin, as I wanted to read the original before diving into that one. It always amazed me that Dupin hadn’t reached the kind of superstar detective heights of Holmes or Poirot, in spite of the fact that he came first – and actually set the template for the detective story. I did a bit of research and tracked down the Dupin stories Michael Harrison wrote for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine back in the 1960s, but was surprised there hadn’t been any more tales since then. So, as with Hellbound Hearts, it was just a matter of creating something because it didn’t exist and we wanted to see it. I’d been trying to get it off the ground for a little while when my co-editor Charles Prepolec, came on board – I’d got to know him when I wrote ‘The Greatest Mystery’ for his Holmes anthology Gaslight Arcanum, then met him at WFC 2009 and we got on like a house on fire; to my mind he was the perfect partner to have for this one. Thankfully, we managed to gather together some of the best contemporary writing talents who luckily happened to be fans of Dupin, plus Titan saw the potential in the project and backed us all the way. Hopefully we’ve fulfilled a need that was clearly there, judging from the response from readers and reviewers anyway. And that’s a really nice feeling for any editors.   

DM: What do the contemporary horror authors in Beyond Rue Morgue bring to Poe's iconic detective from 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin?
PK: Each brought something different to the table, and they had pretty much free rein to run with their ideas – as long as they weren’t too similar to each other - which gave the whole book a great energy. As I say, they’re all fans of the original stories, so were able to remain true to the spirit of those while putting their own individual stamp on things. What we ended up with was a great variety and richness of tales, which explored everything from the criminal underworld to supernatural occurrences. Some are set in Dupin’s time and used the original characters, while others explored what might have happened to his descendents. This was something that originally drew me to Clive’s story, so it was kind of like we were coming full circle.

DM: In light of James McTeigue's film The Raven (2012) and Kevin Williamson's television show The Following (2013-), why do you think there has been a recent surge of interest in the intersection of crime and Gothic horror in Poe's work?
PK: I think the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birthday in 2009 had a lot to do with it – which was a big thing at the aforementioned WFC in San JosĂ©, that Charles and I attended. There were a whole bunch of anthologies and novels released around that time which sparked things off, including Ellen Datlow’s POE from Solaris and Horror Bound’s Return of the Raven – which included my sequel to ‘The Masque of the Red Death’: ‘Masques’ (recently included as an extra with the e-version of my short novel Sleeper(s)). But I don’t really think he’s ever gone away – the stories have always been popular, and films based on them crop up in every generation. I remember seeing the Roger Corman adaptations when I was very young, then later watched and loved the Stuart Gordon ones – including ‘The Black Cat’ episode of Masters of Horror in 2007 – and now we’re getting more Corman-produced Poe movies, including remakes of House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Masque of the Red Death… Good stories and good writers will always come back and always inspire again and again. Personally, I was delighted to see the Poe influence in The Following, and to see filmmakers do something different with the man himself in The Raven – which I thoroughly enjoyed. Long may it continue, and it’s great that we’re helping to contribute to that with Beyond Rue Morgue.  

Paul Kane is an award-winning writer and editor based in Derbyshire, UK. His short story collections include Shadow Writer, The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, The Spaces Between and Ghosts. His novellas include Signs of Life, The Lazarus Condition, RED and Pain Cages. He is the author of such novels as Of Darkness and Light, The Gemini Factor, Sleeper(s) and the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy (collected recently as the sell-out Hooded Man omnibus). His latest novels are Lunar (which is set to be turned into a feature film) and the short Y.A. novel The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane). Paul is co-editor of the anthology Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, A CarnivĂ le of Horror, and Beyond Rue Morgue. His non-fiction books are The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark. His work has been optioned for film and television, and his zombie story ‘Dead Time’ was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted The Opportunity, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Wind Chimes (directed by Brad ‘7th Dimension’ Watson and sold to TV) and The Weeping Woman – filmed by award-winning director Mark Steensland and starring Tony-nominated actor Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night). You can find out more at his website

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