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
The 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…
The Assistant Editor
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.