The Ghastling is a biannual short-story magazine that oozes eeriness and dark things. Styled as a modern-day Penny Dreadful, the first issue was published in 2014: the ghoulish brainchild of editor Rebecca Parfitt.
The magazine has gone on to feature writers and artists from across the world, and we published its landmark tenth edition on Hallowe’en 2019.
Meet the Team
Editor & Founder
Rebecca Parfitt has worked in publishing for fifteen years. She began her career in London, working predominantly in magazines and now lives and works south Wales. She was also editor of an anthology of Gothic fiction A Flock of Shadows, published by Parthian in February 2015. She was also nominated editor of the month by Parthian in February 2015.
Rebecca is also a writer and has published poetry and short stories. Her first poetry collection The Days After was published by Listen Softly London in April 2017. She is a recipient of the Hay Festival Writers at Work residency. In 2019 she was awarded funding to complete her collection of dark and uncanny stories, Sometimes they arrive late and other macabres. Two of the stories from the collection have appeared in New Gothic Review Vols 1 & 2 in 2020. In August 2020 her first film (based on one of her short stories) ‘Feeding Grief to Animals’ was commissioned by the BBC and FfilmCymru Wales. She loves ghost stories, quiet horror, the strange, the uneasy and the macabre; as well as hats, Berlin and the sea. In her free time she can be found at the circus, usually hanging upside down on the ropes…
Rhys Owain Williams is a writer and editor from Swansea, Wales. A subscriber since The Ghastling crypt first cracked open, he joined the team as Assistant Editor in 2018. In addition to all things ghastly, Rhys is interested by folklore, urban myth and psychogeography. He lives in a terraced house near the sea with his partner and a black cat named Poe.
A writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, Rhys’s short story ‘The Office Block’ was selected as one of thirteen stories for the contemporary gothic anthology A Flock of Shadows in 2014, and his first poetry collection, That Lone Ship, was published by Parthian in 2018. Rhys also runs The Crunch – a multimedia poetry magazine comprising an online repository of videos and regular podcast.
Wallace McBride is a graphic designer from South Carolina, USA. His work has been featured in Fangoria, The Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, the Associated Press and dozens of newspapers in the United States, and also used on official merchandise for The Prisoner and Star Trek.
Wallace is the creator of The Collinsport Historical Society, a website dedicated to the cult television series Dark Shadows. Since its launch in 2012, The Collinsport Historical Society has been recognised numerous times by The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, and received The Silver Bolo Award in 2020 from Shudder’s The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs. Wallace sometimes uses the handle ‘Unlovely Frankenstein’, which is either a pseudonym or just the name of his Etsy store. He isn’t sure yet.
Social Media Manager
April-Jane Rowan was born with a morbid fascination that she turned into writing so she could explain away her strangeness. Luckily for her, she found she rather liked it, so for many years she has been creating bizarre, dark tales. Her debut Beneath A Bethel was published by Gurt Dog Press in 2020.
When not writing, she can be found lurking in graveyards, libraries and museums. She lives in Sweden with her two partners and their pack of beasties. Follow her on Instagram at @theliterarychamber