Exciting news! The finalists for the World Fantasy Awards 2022 have been announced, and I’m delighted to have been nominated in the category ‘Special Award—Non-professional’ for Hellebore. You can see the full list of nominees here.
French journalist, screenwriter, and producer Laurent Coureau interviewed me about Hellebore and folk horror for the veteran e-zine LaSpirale.Org. You can read my interview (in French) here, or the original Q + A (in English) below.
What has been buried ought not to return.
The new issue of HELLEBORE is out now.
How the archaeology of workhouse burials shows that the destitute poor were regularly dissected post-mortem against their own wishes.
A tribute to Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, the creator of “Stories To Keep You Awake”,
I’d like to thank James Dixon and Lorna Richardson for inviting me to discuss archaeology and folk horror in HELLEBORE at the 5th Public Archaeology Twitter Conference. I’ve compiled all the tweets from my presentation in this post for easier reading. Thank you for inviting me to discuss history and archaeology in @helleborezine for #PATC5. I’m Maria, and I’m the founding editor of HELLEBORE, a small press magazine devoted to British #FolkHorror and the #Occult. Folk horror is enjoying much interest at the moment. The term remains associated with these three films from the late 60s-early 70s (the so-called “Unholy Trinity”), but its roots go back to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Why are history and archaeology important in folk horror? The idea that drives the subgenre is the survival of ancient cults, usually in remote rural areas, a mere step away from our “civilised” surroundings. These ancient rituals will be re-enacted, almost inevitably, to some horrible ending. In folk horror, the past is unearthed, often literally, with or without archaeologists involved. Or the …
The Wild Gods awaken. Issue 2 of Hellebore is out now.