My Folk Horror Reading List 2022

Check back on this list to find folk horror reads for 2022 (that are published in 2022). As I find them, I’ll list them here. I hope to read all as I go along and will promote as far as I am able to help raise the profile of what I regard is a much neglected sub-genre.

Where links to books are available, I’ve added those. Where they’re a bit too far into the future, I’ve added the social media link of author so you can check in for more information.

Note I am adding them as I am informed about them and am trusting those who recommend that these are indeed ‘folk horror’. Sometimes the definition gets played a little fast and loose with!

08/02/2022. The Queen of the High Fields by Rhiannon Grist. Pub. Luna Press Publishing. Fantasy and Welsh mythology combine with an exploration of the nature of friendship to create a modern recasting of the story of Annwn and Pwyll. Recommended.

08/02/2022. A Face in the Leaves by Nina Oram. Pub. Luna Press Publishing. In the remnants of the old forests around London, an ancient force exists. Against the backdrop of a search for the Green Man and an unsolved disappearance, the issue of man’s destructive nature on our planet is considered. Recommended.

01/04/2022. A Good Year by Polis Louizou. Pub. Fairlight Books. Blurb: Rural Cyprus, 1925. Despo is recently married, heavily pregnant and deeply afraid. The twelve days of Christmas are beginning – the time when, according to local folklore, creatures known as kalikantzari come up from Hell to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, her husband Loukas has troubles of his own. Struggling with dreams and desires he doesn’t understand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to an Englishman, a newcomer to the island. In a village wreathed in superstition, Despo and Loukas must protect themselves and their unborn child from ominous forces at play. Highly Recommended.

17/05/22. Sair Back, Sair Banes by Anthony Engerbretson. Pub. Ghost Orchid Press.

18/0722. Lure by Tim McGregor. Pub. Tenebrous Press. This is a visual and sensory treat, even though some of the smells it evokes are the sort that turn my stomach in real life (fish, dead fish etc). The isolated coastal village – poverty and famine stricken – is brought to life in vivid, but not overdone detail, the characters are living, breathing people; the luremaid is monstrous. The pages truly vanished as I was.pulled into this novella. Bringing in old superstitions, isolation and landscape and the intrusion of relative newcomers to a place fixed in its ways, Tim McGregor plays with the genre of folk horror to produce something that has the feel of a modern day feminist fable, one that could easily be regarded as classic in years to come. Highly Recommended.

August 2022. The Way the Light Bends by Lorraine Wilson. Pub. Luna Press Publishing.

Sept. 2022. Song of the Red Squire by C.W. Blackwell. Pub. Nosetouch Press.

Oct 2022. The Cursed Earth by D.T. Neal. Pub. Nosetouch Press.

TBA. Sallow Bend by Alan Baxter. Pub. Cemetery Dance.

TBA. Blood on Satan‘s Claw or, The Devil’s Skin by Robert Wynne-Simmons (the original screenwriter). Unbound Press. Hopefully this year anyway!

Short Stories

Godmother Death and the Dragon’s Grove by Alicia Hilton. Can be viewed either via monthly sub to site or will be published in Pharos Magazine Issue 1, Aug. 2022 (might need to check this).

31/01/2022. Elken by Jay Alexander. Pub. Pale Horse Press. Status: Read 31/01/2022. Recommended.

Bubbling Under

I’ll be dropping in names and notes here so that I can keep track of people who are letting me know they’re writing something but it’s not ready yet, I can then come back. An aide-memoir, I suppose!

Jay Alexander – folk horror collection

Roxie Voorhees – Viking Yuletide folk horror novella!

Villimey Mist – Icelandic folk horror in short story collection March – April

Keith Anthony Baird – novella in November.

Publishers/PublicationsNosetouch Press, Hellebore Magazine.

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