Marshland : Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London
Marshland is a deep map of the east London marshes, a blend of local history, folklore and weird fiction, where nothing is quite as it seems. Cocker spaniel by his side, Rees wanders the marshes of Hackney, Leyton and Walthamstow, avoiding his family and the pressures of life. He discovers a lost world of Victorian filter plants, ancient grazing lands, dead toy factories and tidal rivers on the edgelands of a rapidly changing city. Ghosts are his friends. As strange tales of bears, crocodiles, magic narrowboats and apocalyptic tribes begin to manifest themselves, Rees embarks on a psychedelic journey across time and into the dark heart of London. It soon becomes clear that the very existence of the marshland is at threat. For on all sides, the developers are closing in ...
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 138 x 216 x 25mm | 434g
- 28 Oct 2013
- Influx Press
- London, United Kingdom
- UK ed.
'Layered London, black, funny, marshy, full of horrible vigour & hidden channels' - M John Harrison. 'This idiosyncratic bumbleburst of local history, folklore and informed creativity captures the marshes as vividly as any book ever could - 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 Londonist 'Marshland is essential reading - a psychedelic trip into London's secret wilderness.' - John Rogers '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
About Gareth E. Rees
Gareth E. Rees is founder of the website UnofficialBritain.com, author of The Stone Tide (Influx Press, 2018) and Marshland (Influx Press, 2013). He has written weird fiction and horror for This Dreaming Isle, The Shadow Booth: Vol. 2, Unthology 10 and The Lonely Crowd. His essays about place have appeared in Mount London, An Unreliable Guide to London and The Ashgate Companion to Paranormal Cultures.