My trip north was only made up of highlights (even the train journeys were pleasant). Every ticket for the Twisted Tales Occult Horror evening at Runcorn was snapped up, at Waterstones Liverpool One we had another good crowd, and the Halloween Horror night at Warwick Arts Centre attracted at least 50 people on a Monday night.
One of the best aspects of doing literary events is meeting other writers and enthusiasts of the genre, and I was in great company mingling with Ramsey Campbell in Runcorn, Nicholas Royle and Lisa Tuttle in Liverpool, Gary McMahon and David Moody in Warwick, Mark Charan Newton and Adrian Tchaikovsky in London’s Forbidden Planet
Here are some pics from the events:
A frightful visage reading the attic scene from The Ritual. Who can say what was more disturbing: the reader or the reading.
Living legend Ramsey Campbell reading the derelict cinema scene from Grin of the Dark.
A couch of fiends; that’s David McWilliam and Glyn Morgan of Twisted Tales shifting uncomfortably between me and Ramsey. Runcorn photos courtesy of Hadfield Photography.
Liverpool One, Waterstones. The cult of Horror – Lisa Tuttle flanked by shaven and uniformed adepts, Nicholas Royle and me.
Many thanks to David and Glyn: enthusiasts, perfect hosts, scholars and gentlemen who know how to put on a terrific event.
Here’s Warwick Arts Centre, that hosted the Halloween Horror Event organised by Michael Wilson of Read Horror. I thought we were truly spoiled by the lights and sound here. The lecture hall faded to darkness save a spotlight on each of the readers at the lectern, and we had a PA and even a sound check! Nor did we have to support a puppet show.
Reading the Fritidhus dream sequence from The Ritual.
David Moody reading an undead apocalypse short story originally written for SFX magazine.
Gary McMahon reading a short story from his new Grey Friar collection, It Knows Where You Live.
Michael Wilson introducing us
Their suffering was legendary …
A murder of crows from a new wave of British horror.
Before our mournful voices rose to the rafters.
David Moody imparts valuable advice on going it alone as a writer/publisher/film-maker, his option with Guillermo del Toro, and how to survive the imminent rise of the dead …
Good picture of Gary here during his Q&A
Displaying our wears …
Many thanks to Warwick Arts Centre and Michael Wilson of Read Horror for putting on such a well-produced and well-attended event.
Forbidden Planet dappled in unseasonal sunshine. In the basement, I joined a signing with Pan Macmillan label mates, Mark Charan Newton and Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Mark in the centre, Adrian on the right.
A stack of wonder and dread …
A table of pain, sweat, hope, fear and confirmation …
Defenders of the faith: Jared and Anne of Pornokitsch
Thanks to Dani for setting up the signing!