‘Like a 21st Century Kay Harker, he explores a world in which the lines between imagination and reality are continually blurred.’
– Chris Lambert, author of Tales from The Black Meadow
Gareth E. Rees is the founder and editor of the website Unofficial Britain hub for alternative histories, imagined pasts, forbidden zones, secret trails, unreliable narrators & hallucinatory visions of these weird isles.
His first book Marshland; Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London (Influx Press, 2013) was a psychedelic, psychogeographic exploration of East London’s marshes, combining weird fiction, cryptozoology and alternative history. It was longlisted for the 2014 Gordon Burn prize.
The book was described by M John Harrison as ‘Layered London, black, funny, marshy, full of horrible vigour & hidden channels’.
Caught by the River said it was ‘essential reading for anyone engaged in locality, the literature of place, the sociology of hinterlands, the pressure points between the human and the natural or just lovers of darned good writing.’
The Londonist website said, ‘This is first-class writing that slithers between genres like an eel in a library. One day, all books will be written like this.’
The Stone Tide is a follow-up, of a kind, to Marshland, continuing the same unconventional blur of genres, cross-dimensional travels and dark humour. This time a beleaguered Rees, stricken with pain, wanders the south coast as climate change wreaks havoc. He becomes haunted by the folklore of the locale and by memories from his past, fuzzy and unreliable. Combined, these dark forces threaten to destroy his entire world.
‘Rees is an annuated, psychogeographic Tintin, complete with Snowy, but confined by grown-up responsibilities: follow him on his adventures and you won’t go far in space but, my word, you will in every other dimension.’
– The Dabbler
Rees’s previous stories and essays have featured in Anthology 10 [Unthank Books, 2018], An Unreliable Guide to London [Influx Press, 2016], Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography [Rowman & Littlefield, 2015], Mount London [Penned in the Margins, 2014], The Ashgate Companion to Paranormal Cultures [Ashgate, 2013], Acquired for Development By [Influx Press, 2012].
In 2013 he released the spoken word album with Jetsam, A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes on Clay Pipe Music.
Over the past four years he has performed his stories, poetry, and musical collaborations at Spike Island, The Vortex in Dalston, The Union Chapel, The Hastings Storytelling Festival, Borough Wines and the Kino Teatr, Hastings.
Gareth E. Rees lives in Hastings with his two daughters and a dog named Hendrix.
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