"I have a lot reference materials on my desk..."
—Brian J. Showers
By all means, run, don’t walk and buy everything that Brian J. Showers touches. He's re-issued 'Old Albert: An Epilogue' and recently released 'Dreams of Smoke and Shadow,' an anthology of stories (co-edited with Jim Rockhill) dedicated to and inspired by J. S. LeFanu. He runs The Swan River Press, an outstanding publishing company with a spotless record of great material. And he edits a great weird journal, 'The Green Book,' with Issue 4 out now.
I traveled to Dublin, Ireland, and met up with Showers, an expatriate American who was a fantastic host, and proved to be a great guide to the city. We learned that the pub in the hotel we were staying in was a regular watering hole for Irish politicians, but that was as nothing compared to his literary tour of the places just around the corner; LeFanu's apartment, the Oscar Wilde park and birthplace; it was a joy to walk around with him and discover just how literary Dublin is even before the heavyweights showed up.
And, I must say, he found us a fantastic restaurant where I had the best bangers and mash I've ever eaten. Fortunately for me, he managed to help us walk them off beforehand.
I interviewed Showers in our hotel, where he and I talked about 'Old Albert,' his origins as a writer (even as a small child he was entranced by the supernatural), and his work with The Swan River Press. He praised his art director to the hilt (well-deserved), talked about future plans and, of course, J. S. LeFanu.