Welsh writer, Arthur Machen, was a true master of the macabre, sometimes seen as Britain’s answer to HP Lovecraft, but he remains relatively unknown. New film Holy Terrors, featuring four of Machen’s finest supernatural stories, aims to redress this neglect.

Set in Victorian and Edwardian England, the stories of deadly ritual, wartime ghosts, drugs, crime and murder retain their chilling quality to the present day.

Following a screening of the film, suitable for ages 15+, our expert panel will discuss Arthur Machen’s life and work, restoring one of the greats to our literary canon.

Join Machen experts, Mark Valentine, Ray Russell and Gail-Nina Anderson, along with filmmaker, Mark Goodall, to discover your new favourite horror writer!

About The Speakers

Gail-Nina Anderson

Gail-Nina Anderson is a cultural historian.  She lectures on folklore and art-related themes.

Mark Goodall

Dr Mark Goodall is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Design and Technology at the University of Bradford.  He is particularly interested in the cult and experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s, and has recently developed projects on music and countercultural studies.  He is also a guest programmer for the annual Bradford film festival.

Ray Russell

Ray Russell runs the Tartarus Press with Rosalie Parker, but had some fiction works already published at other publishing houses.  In the rich Tartarus Press catalogue, it is possible to find titles by old masters like Arthur Machen, H. G. Wells and the Robert Aickman complete “strange stories” works. Contemporary authors are also included in the Tartarus catalogue, with works by Reggie Oliver, Mark Valentine and Anne-Sylvie Salzman.

Mark Valentine

Mark Valentine is an author, editor, poet and micro-publisher.  His short story collections include Selected Stories and Seventeen Stories.  His story ‘Vain Shadows Flee’ was chosen for Best British Short Stories 2016.  As a biographer, Valentine has published a life of Arthur Machen.  In micro-publishing, with Roger Dobson he ran Caermaen Books, principally devoted to titles about Arthur Machen and, with Jo Valentine, he has issued handmade artist books under the Valentine & Valentine imprint.