Seaside Gothic is edited by Seb Reilly, an award-winning writer with a background in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and editing. He was named Kent Columnist of the Year at the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards in 2021 for his column in The Isle of Thanet News.
From 2015 to 2020 Seb Reilly was Editor-in-Chief of Thanet Writers, during which time he was responsible for daily published content online as well as a paperback print anthology. Initially he project managed the development of Thanet Writers as a publisher from conception to launch, and then he coordinated and ran the publishing schedule. He oversaw a team which consisted of a Managing Editor, five departmental Editors, seven Contributing Editors, and a Videographer, and was involved in all aspects of output including published written and visual content, media and multimedia, press releases, and design.
Seb Reilly created Seaside Gothic to showcase the best writing of an obscure genre which overlaps many other categories of writing, but which he finds himself drawn to. When asked to categorise his long-form fiction, the only descriptor that made any sense to him was ‘seaside gothic’ and so that became his focus. The magazine itself was then born of this idea, and had been a long-term ambition. As with a great twist within a plot, it came about due to the convergence of two separate sequences of events.
Seaside people need the land to end. They need that boundary, a cut-off point. Rolling hills, lush forests, fields and meadows are all lovely. Cities full of people and bustle are exciting and vibrant. But we seasiders require water. We need the waves to lap against the shore of our home; the horizon to exist at the point where the sea meets the sky.Seb Reilly, To the Sea, Sick Lit Magazine
The writing Seb Reilly enjoys tends to be character-led but with a strong and authentic voice of its own. He enjoys work which has something to say but buries its own allegories deep. He prefers minimalism to maximalism, however he is open to being surprised and amazed by work which elicits an emotional reaction.