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Includes the name: Marie O'Regan

Obras por Marie O'Regan

Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales (2020) — Editor — 209 exemplares
Hellbound Hearts (2009) — Editor — 159 exemplares
Wonderland (2019) — Editor — 87 exemplares
In These Hallowed Halls: A Dark Academia anthology (2023) — Editor — 81 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women (2012) — Editor — 71 exemplares
Twice Cursed: An Anthology (2023) — Editor — 54 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Mammoth Books) (2012) — Editor — 47 exemplares
Phantoms: Haunting Tales from Masters of the Genre (2018) — Editor — 33 exemplares
A Carnivale of Horror (2012) — Editor — 8 exemplares
Mirror Mere (2006) 2 exemplares
Twice Cursed 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Best British Horror 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Hauntings (2012) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Noir (2014) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Terror Tales of London (2013) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors (2018) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women (2016) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Dark Satanic Mills (2017) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Locais de residência
Midlands, England, UK
horror writer
Kane, Paul (spouse)



Mysterious and dangerous occurrences in various seats of learning? Students, and sometimes their tutors, in peril? Murder? Magic? Ghosts? Dusty books in old libraries? Clandestine cults and secret societies devoted to ancient rituals?

As it turns out, I like a nice haunting mystery and I also like dusty books in old libraries.
For the Dark part of Dark Academia, it was great in both atmosphere and setting. Plenty of haunted boarding schools and creepy libraries. As for Academia, I felt like it was more supernatural horror. Which was fine. I think these morbid mysteries are perfect for fall, but compared to the secret history or babel, there was no real academia in this book.

I really liked how The hare and the hound walked the line between the protagonist losing their mind and real supernatural occurrences and how Phobos played with conscience and ambition.
I also liked X House, The ravages and The professor of Ontography. I wasn’t a fan of Pythia with its many fantasy elements and Playing, whose protagonist’s ‘not like other girls and boys’ attitude annoyed me.
… (mais)
MYvos | 1 outra crítica | Oct 14, 2023 |
Originally posted on Just Geeking by.

Content warnings:
‘1000 ships’ by Kate Weinberg – Contains themes of betrayal, relationship between a student and professor, and suicide.

‘Pythia or Apocalypse Maidens: Prophecy and Obsession among the Delphian Technomantic Elite’ by Olivie Blake – Contains scenes discussing death, suicide, mental health, PTSD, playing god, abuse of technological power, relationship between a student and professor (abuse of power).

‘Sabbatical’ by James Tate Hill – Contains scenes of gun violence, and murder.

‘The Hare and the Hound’ by Kelly Andrew – Contains scenes of death, car accident, animal injury and death.

‘X House’ by J. T. Ellison – Contains scenes of peer pressure, panic attacks, death, murder, and vicious beating.

‘The Ravages’ by Layne Fargo – Contains scenes of betrayal, and blood.

‘Four Funerals’ by David Bell – Contains themes of death, murder, and school shooting.

‘The Unknowable Pleasures’ by Susie Yang – Contains gaslighting, suggests homophobic attitudes and discusses obsession.

‘Weekend at Bertie’s’ by M.L. Rio – Contains scenes of death.

‘The Professor of Ontography’ by Helen Grant – Contains scenes of missing people, and, body horror.

‘Phobos’ by Tori Bovalino – Contains scenes of violence, death, blood, murder, assault and attempted murder.

‘Playing’ by Phoebe Wynne – Contains scenes of death (of the elderly), animal death, and murder.

Before you pick up the In These Hallowed Halls anthology you need to ask yourself one question; what do you consider dark academia? If you consider it to be any story set in an academic setting then this anthology is for you. If like myself you’ve always viewed the “dark” part of the genre to refer to something mysterious, gothic, thrilling, monstrous, supernatural and/or paranormal then you’re going to be sorely disappointed. There’s also the definition of “dark” as pessimistic, and melancholic.

Tucked in at the end of the synopsis for In These Hallowed Halls, under the list of authors, is a dictionary definition of dark academia:

Definition of dark academia in English:
dark academia
1. An internet subculture concerned with higher education, the arts, and literature, or an idealised version thereof with a focus on the pursuit of knowledge and an exploration of death.
2. A set of aesthetic principles. Scholarly with a gothic edge – tweed blazers, vintage cardigans, scuffed loafers, a worn leather satchel full of brooding poetry. Enthusiasts are usually found in museums and darkened libraries.

Presumably the editors used this when putting this anthology together, the problem is that even taking these definitions into account some stories in the anthology do not fit into the dark academia genre. Unless of course you consider the mere mention of the word “tweed” criteria enough.

I have to admit I’m slightly biased. After reading Twice Cursed and being very disappointed by the editing choices in that anthology, I had chosen to avoid the editors. In my excitement and haste to grab hold of the first dark academic anthology, a genre I’ve grown quite fond of, and an anthology featuring authors I like or hoped to read, I didn’t notice who the editors were. I’d hoped the previous book was a one-off… it was not. The introduction of In These Hallowed Halls was promising, asking readers if they were looking for stories of “Mysterious and dangerous occurrences in various seats of learning? Students, and sometimes their tutors, in peril? Murder? Magic? Ghosts? Dusty books in old libraries? Clandestine cults and secret societies devoted to ancient rituals?”. Yes, I said to myself with a smile, this is what I’m here for!

Unfortunately these opening words of propaganda were promptly forgotten by the editors as soon as the first story. The first story in anthologies is often the most read story. Unless a reader has picked up the anthology to read something by a particular author, they will start at the beginning of the anthology. If the first story doesn’t impress them then they are unlikely to keep reading, and that’s why I always consider it an editor’s job as well as their responsibility to choose a good starting story. They need to hook the reader, reel them in so that they make their way to other author’s stories.

I find it disappointing when editors seem to select stories for an anthology that have the thinnest of connections to the theme/topic. Sometimes it’s clearly just a difference of opinion, and that’s fair enough. But in the case of In These Hallowed Halls I’ve no idea what the editors were thinking when they selected ‘1000 ships’ by Kate Weinberg for the anthology, especially not for the first story. It has the loosest of connections to dark academia. It is a story about a student in a relationship with her teacher, told from her perspective as she watches him from the window as he stops to talk to another female student. He is on the way to speak to the board, his career on the line, and as she watches him she reflects on their time together.

While there is a level of peril for the professor, the only connections to dark academia are the academic setting and the tweed wearing professor. At a push you could refer to this story as being slightly dark, but otherwise I personally feel that it doesn’t fit in any definition of dark academia. Also keeping in mind that the first story is a privileged position, I found it distasteful that this was the only story in the anthology that had an author’s note promoting the author’s other books at the end.

The second story in In These Hallowed Halls should have been the first in an anthology for dark academia, in my opinion. It’s by an author that many of us automatically associate with the genre; Olivie Blake. ‘Pythia or Apocalypse Maidens: Prophecy and Obsession among the Delphian Technomantic Elite’ is a brilliant tale of magic and technology set in a futuristic academic setting. Blake expertly merges so many different genres in this story that I don’t even know where to begin. If you’ve never read anything by her and want to know what all the hype is about then this is an excellent starting place. She really pushes the genre of dark academia to the limits in this one and ‘Pythia’ has the delicious sinister style that I’ve come to recognise in Blake’s work.

The second story that I was very interested is ‘The Hare and the Hound’ by Kelly Andrew. I’ve had my eye on Andrew for a while now and have yet to get my hands on her book, The Whispering Dark. I’ve heard many good things about her writing and this story confirmed them. ‘The Hare and the Hound’ is a wonderfully gothic urban fantasy story about a college student who is haunted by a prophecy he received as a boy.

The final story that I was looking forward to is by Helen Grant who has become a firm favourite of mine since I read her novel Too Near Dead. Grant never fails to deliver deliciously dark horror and ‘The Professor of Ontography’ is another horror masterpiece that fully explores the darker side of dark academia.

These three stories alone make this anthology worth reading. Additionally, ‘Phobos’ by Tori Bovalino, ‘Sabbatical’ by James Tate Hill, ‘The Ravages’ by Layne Fargo (although the academia setting is a bit of a stretch in this one), ‘X House’ by J. T. Ellison and ‘Playing’ by Phoebe Wynne are interesting reads. The other stories, although well written, fail to convince me that they belong in an anthology for dark academia.

‘Four Funerals’ by David Bell is about a teacher who chooses to attend the funerals of his students after he is blamed for not seeing the violent potential in a school shooter. It was a dark subject, just not the right type of dark in my opinion.

Susie Yang’s story ‘The Unknowable Pleasures’ is about a female student who recognises a fellow student and her professor fall in love. Their relationship appears to be a secret, one that only she knows about. This story left a nasty taste in my mouth as the young woman is essentially gaslighted by her boyfriend, told that it is all in her head and that she is becoming obsessed. Instead of helping a friend, she decides that he’s right and at the last minute decides not to go to a meeting. And she suddenly feels magically better. If this had been better written as actual obsession then I could see this fitting in the genre, however, it wasn’t and it just felt icky.

One that almost got there was ‘Weekend at Bertie’s’ by M.L. Rio. I felt that there was a hint of something supernatural that the author was trying to get at, and yet it ended up being a story about two people stealing from a dead woman (a professor).

It was hard to rate In These Hallowed Halls when only three of the stories were of excellent quality to me. While I considered five other stories interesting, my exact ratings for each of them vary with their saving grace only being that they actually fit in the dark academia genre. Whether this is an anthology you’ll enjoy will depend on your personal reading habits, and as I said at the start of this review, what you consider the definition of dark academia to be. For me, this wasn’t it.

… (mais)
justgeekingby | 1 outra crítica | Aug 31, 2023 |
Originally posted on Just Geeking by.

Content warnings:

‘The Bell’ by Joanne Harris – Contains violence, death, cannibalism, reference to enslavement.
‘Snow, Glass, Apples’ by Neil Gaiman – Contains paedophilia, child nudity, child death, necrophilia, death by exsanguination, being burned alive,
‘The Tissot Family Circus’ by Angela Slatter – Contains blood-letting for a spell, child abuse, dead children, discussion of death and true death.
‘Mr Thirteen’ by M. R. Carey – Contains discussions of death by curses (various) and preparing for death, violence, gore, a woman is drugged and stripped naked for a sacrificial murder, cannibalism.
‘The Confessor’s Tale’ by Sarah Pinborough – Contains gore, violence, torture, multiple violent deaths, child mutilation, suicide, cannibalism, rape, gang rape, sexual assault, ableism, animal death, death of a child, reference to paedophilia, women are plied with drugs and alcohol, sadism.
‘The Old Stories hide secrets deep inside them’ by Mark Chadbourn – Contains misogny, gaslighting, toxic worth place, death by poison.
‘Awake’ by Laura Purcell – Contains trauma, hallucinations, reference to torture, discussion of death, a suicide attempt.
‘Pretty Maids all in a Row’ by Christina Henry – Contains ableism, ageism, old age and mental health stereotypes, spiders, reference to a male serial targeting young girls and removing their eyes.
‘The Viral Voyage of Bird Man’ by Katherine Arden – Contains bird death and multiple deaths.
‘The Angels of London’ by Adam L. G. Nevill – Contains the slur cross-dresser, hallucinations, threats of violence, extortion, death and gore.
‘A Curse is a Curse’ by Helen Grant – Contains references to scientific experimentation.
‘Dark Carousel’ by Joe Hill – Contains violence, gore, death, reference to sexual harassment off page, police corruption, and a violent car accident.
‘Shoes As Red As Blood’ by A.C. Wise – Contains torture, emotional abuse, manipulation, pain, and open wounds.
‘Just Your Standard Haunted Doll Drama’ by Kelley Armstrong – Contains creepy dolls, death, faked car accident, references to a woman who was hanged for practising magic, and suffocation by magic.
‘St Diablolo’s Travelling Music Hall’ by A.K. Benedict – Contains domestic violence (emotion and physical abuse), and violence.
‘The Music Box’ by L.L. McKinney – Contains kidnapping, imprisonment, and body contortions.

After hearing good things about Cursed, the first book in this anthology series, I expected great things from Twice Cursed. I don’t know how well Twice Cursed compares to its predecessor, but this anthology was very disappointing and contains some extremely disturbing stories. Considering how many reviews praise this book without mentioning such problematic stories, it makes me question the good reviews that the first book got. While the anthologies contain different stories by different authors, they have an editor in common, and I wasn’t that impressed with the editing of this anthology.

The first hint that something was amiss with the editing in this anthology was that the two biggest names were given the first two spots. I’ve only read one book by Joanne Harris, The Gospel of Loki, which is a very stylised piece of writing, and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I went into ‘The Bell’ with little expectations, and found it to be a likeable, but very brief story that felt more like a fictional introduction than a part of the anthology. It set up the anthology nicely, and that was about it.

The second story was easily the most disturbing story, and after seeing another reviewer mention that they were disappointed that it was a reprint, I decided to check up on that. It turns out that this is the third reprint of ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’ by Neil Gaiman, and it was originally written in 1994. The age of the story goes towards explaining why this story is appallingly disturbing. However, why editors seem to think it is still acceptable to include stories that sexually victimise children in anthologies almost thirty years later is beyond me.

Please skip the hidden section below if you do not wish to know further details.

In ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’, a four-year-old vampiric child is described as draining her father’s blood through multiple bites including his “thighs, and on his ballock-pouch, and on his male member”. As if this isn’t disturbing enough, when the child is twelve, Gaiman describes in detail a scene with an adult man. Stories mentioning these sorts of scenes are not uncommon, but most authors realise that the reader doesn’t need the specific details. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the story continues to include necrophilia as a Prince’s desire for dead flesh is met by the teenage vampiric girl newly awoken from slumber.

The story ends with the stepmother being horrifically burnt alive.

Honestly, if the next two stories had not been of such high calibre, I probably would have walked away from this anthology after that story. It had left me with a yucky feeling, and I was beginning to wonder exactly what type of anthology I was reading. Thankfully, Angela Slater and M.R. Carey both got the memo that horror can be creepy and disturbing without involving underage children. Slater first came to my attention through one of her other short stories (this time in the Hex anthology) and ‘The Tissot Family Circus’ is once again of excellent quality. As with all of Slater’s works that I’m familiar with, it’s a clever story that lingers with you well after you’ve finished it. In comparison, in Carey’s ‘Mr Thirteen’ a support group for people with curses gains a new member who isn’t all they appear to be.

The next story was another disturbing story that is once again a reprint. ‘The Confessor’s Tale’ by Sarah Pinborough originally featured in the Hellbound Hearts anthology also edited by Twice Cursed’s editor Paul Kane. A disabled young boy (mute and coded autistic) is the focal point of Pinborough’s horror story, which is filled with child mutilation, multiple sexual assaults and torture. Additionally, the young boy ends up transforming into something monstrous at the end of the story and escapes to another realm. While this could be taken as a metaphor for a disabled character leaving for a world that will accept them, the fact that the boy turns into a monster and that this is written by a non-disabled author suggests to me that this wasn’t what Pinborough was aiming for at all.

From then on, Twice Cursed began to get better and while there were still a few hit-and-miss stories that didn’t quite hit the mark with me, they were the level of creepy horror I’ve grown to expect in a horror anthology. They creep you out, but they don’t leave you with an icky feeling that makes you wonder too much about the author who wrote them.

Katherine Arden and Helen Grant spin us tales that make us think about the future. In ‘The Viral Voyage of Bird Man’ by Arden, a man is cursed with immortal life and to tell people he meets his story. As the man reaches present day, he interacts with a young woman who takes his story online, where it instantly goes viral. When she asks him what’s different between people now and three hundred years ago, he realises that just how much people have forgotten. It leaves the reader wondering whether the bird man is the man is actually the one who’s cursed.

Grant’s story was one of my favourites in Twice Cursed, and shows Grant at the top of her game. In ‘A Curse is a Curse’ we’re transported to a future that has moved past technology advancements and returned to the old ways. Ruins of settlements are looked on with superstition, viewed as the result of curses and witchcraft rather than the science. When a visitor makes Maggie question whether curses are real, talking to her about the time that came before, her mother responds with “a curse is a curse” and there is a real power to those words. What does actually define a curse? Is it magic or is it how something makes us feel? This is one that is going to stick with me for a long time.

Kelley Armstrong has been one of my favourite authors for well over a decade now, and her short stories are always a delight to read. Her addition to Twice Cursed could have stepped out of one of her urban fantasy series and left me desperately hoping that she expands on the world building in ‘Just Your Standard Haunted Doll Drama’. Featuring her usual witty banter and slick writing, it features hexes and introduces the idea of someone who specialises in joke hexes. It’s a wonderfully, creepy story that left me wanting more!

Other stories that caught my attention were ‘Pretty Maids all in a Row’ by Christina Henry, the deliciously dark ‘Dark Carousel’ by Joe Hill, and ‘St Diablolo’s Travelling Music Hall’ by A.K. Benedict. The anthology ends on a sinister note with ‘The Music Box’ by L.L. McKinney.

There is a distinct lack of diversity in Twice Cursed, in the stories and in the selection of authors. There are no stories featuring an LGBTQIA character (‘The Angels of London’ refers to a minor character as a “cross-dresser” and a “drag queen”), and except for ‘The Music Box’ by L.L. McKinney, no stories appear to feature people of colour. Incidentally, L.L. McKinney is also the only author of colour featured in the anthology. The only disabled character, as mentioned, is featured in a story where their disability is used in a negative context.

Normally as I read through an anthology I can get a feel for the editor/s reasoning for placing stories in the order they have chosen. In Twice Cursed, there doesn’t seem to be any order other than placing two best-selling British authors first and everyone else after. The stories flow in a mix-match of styles and genres, fairytale retellings (usually Snow White) thrown together with horror and speculative fiction. While most editors tend to try to cater for audience reactions, placing a mild story after a particularly disturbing one, for example, that isn’t the case in this anthology. There doesn’t seem to be any regard to the audience, considering the disturbing nature of some of the stories.

It’s not uncommon for anthologies to include reprinted stories, however, this one felt like it had more than usual. For those who wish to know, the four stories contained in this anthology that have been republished are ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’ by Neil Gaiman, ‘The Confessor’s Tale’ by Sarah Pinborough, ‘Dark Carousel’ by Joe Hill and ‘The Angels of London’ by Adam L.G. Nevill.

I feel that there is a good selection of stories in Twice Cursed, but a few authors went too far with their stories. We go into horror anthologies expecting a certain level of safe darkness that leaves us creeped out. Heinous acts may be mentioned, but they are done so briefly and without detail, just to remind us of how dark the world can be. To give us too much detail is to cross a line, and that is exactly what has happened here. The fact that the two stories in question are reprints is even more worrying, and considering some of the fantastic new writing other authors submitted, I personally don’t see why they needed to include them – unless it was to add their names to the cover just to sell copies.

Despite these issues, I would be remiss in saying to avoid this anthology completely because there is some strong work in here by other authors. I just strongly advise checking the content warnings for each story before reading them.


… (mais)
justgeekingby | Jun 6, 2023 |
Not bad collection of tales that are fun to read by the wintry fireside. A blend of classic and newer writers. Collection is held back by a few mediocre stories and three stories that in my opinion are just misplaced, didn't belong in this themed anthology. I think the editor was trying to send some message about the potential breadth of the genre and lost track of what it was all about. Especially notable offerings by [a:Sarah Pinborough|457300|Sarah Pinborough|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1226190981p2/457300.jpg], [a:Muriel Gray|237540|Muriel Gray|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-ccc56e79bcc2db9e6cdcd450a4940d46.png], [a:Nancy Kilpatrick|26935|Nancy Kilpatrick|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/f_50x66-9e23bac89f169d02e43709e42b361705.png], and [a:Lisa Tuttle|38313|Lisa Tuttle|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1296860221p2/38313.jpg]. Great cover.… (mais)
Gumbywan | 2 outras críticas | Jun 24, 2022 |



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Neil Gaiman Contributor
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Tim Lebbon Contributor
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Mike Carey Contributor
Catriona Ward Contributor
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Christopher Golden Contributor
Jane Yolen Contributor
Robert Shearman Contributor
Christopher Fowler Contributor
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Helen Grant Contributor
Rio Youers Contributor
L. L. McKinney Contributor
Mark Chadbourn Contributor
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Margo Lanagan Contributor
Karen Joy Fowler Contributor
James Brogden Contributor
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Juliet Marillier Contributor
Laura Mauro Contributor
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Lucy A. Snyder Contributor
Peter Atkins Contributor
Mike Garris Contributor
Nicholas Vince Contributor
Doug Bradley Afterword
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Chaz Brenchley Contributor
Mike Mignola Contributor
Gary A. Braunbeck Contributor
Dave McKean Contributor
Steve Niles Contributor
Mark Morris Contributor
Gemma Files Contributor
Laura Purcell Contributor
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Genevieve Cogman Contributor
Marion Arnott Contributor
Nina Allan Contributor
Edith Wharton Contributor
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John Connolly Contributor
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Stephen King Contributor
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Edgar Allan Poe Contributor
H. P. Lovecraft Contributor
Richard Matheson Contributor
Brian Lumley Contributor
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Mary Shelley Contributor
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