Well what a great event that was. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend Halloween…
Last night at the Warwick Arts Centre, I was part of the Halloween Horror Night event alongside Adam Nevill and Gary McMahon.
The evening was hosted by Michael Wilson of Read Horror. Each of us gave a reading, then answered a few questions. Adam read from The Ritual (and you can click here to remind yourself how much I enjoyed that book), I read Muriel (from the recent SFX Zombie special), and Gary read Down, an excellent short from his latest collection, It Knows Where You Live.
It was great to finally meet Adam and Gary, other folks including Joseph D’Lacey, Simon Marshall-Jones, and also more members of Moody’s Survivors who’d made the trip to Warwick (now roll on Lowestoft!)
It was truly heartening to see so many people supporting the event with such enthusiasm. Thanks to Adam, Gary and Michael, and thanks also to everyone who came and spent their Halloween evening with us. Writing can be an incredibly insular occupation at times (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing), and it’s great to have opportunities like this to present your work in public and get such a positive and immediate reaction. Here’s to more Read Horror events.
Photographs by Andy McGeechan, used with permission.
A quick reminder: I’ll be signing at Waterstone’s Cardiff on Friday 28th October with Wayne Simmons. We’re kicking off at 12:30pm, and hanging around for as long as we’re wanted! It’s always great to spend time with Wayne, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with some Welsh fans too.
And while I’m on the subject of appearances… don’t forget the Halloween Horror Night at Warwick Arts Centre this Monday evening. Adam Nevill, Gary McMahon and I will be reading from our books and discussing our work. It promises to be a great night. Click here for tickets and further details.
Got a few things to quickly tell you about today, and I thought adding them all to one blog post would be the best way to do it:
THE GOODREADS ZOMBIE GROUP
If you’re a Goodreads user and a zombie fan, why not join The Zombie Group? For one week from 24th October, Jonathan Maberry, Steven C Schlozman (author of The Zombie Autopsies) and I will be there talking about all things undead. By the way, I’m here on Goodreads if you want to add me as a friend.
ALL HALLOWS READ
Have you heard about this great initiative, brainchild of the great Neil Gaiman? Rather than me explain it, just click this link and listen to the man himself talking about his excellent idea for a new Halloween tradition.
EVENTS AND APPEARANCES
Just a reminder that I’m NOT now appearing at the Aliens to Zombies convention in LA this week – apologies to anyone who was heading there to say hello. However I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be signing at Cardiff Waterstone’s with Wayne Simmons on Friday 28th October from 12:30pm. Also, don’t forget to book your tickets for the Halloween Horror Night at Warwick Arts Centre where I’ll be reading and talking alongside Adam Nevill and Gary McMahon.
I’m absolutely thrilled to announce another great event for October, and this one promises to be a real cracker! On Halloween, I’ll be appearing at the Warwick Arts Centre for an ‘evening of terror’ alongside two excellent authors, Adam Nevill and Gary McMahon. The event will be chaired by Michael Wilson, editor of Read Horror. Tickets are £8.00, and are available here.
On the subject of upcoming appearances, I’m sorry to have to announce that due to circumstances beyond my control, I now won’t be appearing at the Aliens to Zombies convention in Los Angeles. I hope this doesn’t disappoint any of you who were planning to attend.