Spooky Reads

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Tom Fletcher’s 2010 debut horror novel The Leaping thrust the author into the spotlight with its unique style and riveting ability to capture the reader’s attention. His followup novel, The Thing on the Shore likewise gave the supernatural literary circle some food-for-thought with its strong thematic tones and skilled penmanship. Last month saw the release of his third horror novel, the chilling The Ravenglass Eye, and this spooky reader wasn’t disappointed. And lucky for myself, and readers of Spooky Reads…

We enter the closing part of our editorial and publisher-focussed triple-bill here at Spooky Reads with an interview with industry-revered Jo Fletcher of Quercus Imprint Jo Fletcher Books. Having built an awe inspiring list of authors whilst at Gollancz, Jo’s move to Quercus and her own imprint earlier this year marked the start of an exciting time, for her readers as much as herself. Immediately out of the stalls with a strong offering, a solid-collection from horror-genre veteran Stephen Jones…

Leading into part-two of our horror-publisher/editor focus, following our earlier interview with Lee Harris of Angry Robot Books, we are spoiled once again by the company of a fellow dread-literature (amongst other genres) creative in the field of publishing. This time it’s Solaris and Abaddon Books‘ editor Jon Oliver. Jon has kindly answered those questions that have been thrown at him and others this week, and helped to continue to provide a little more insight and information as regards the…

As a fan of horror fiction I am very curious about writers of my favourite-flavoured prose, and what inspires, or incites, them; but equally it’s the editorial and publishing angle that interests me, whether from a historical perspective, modern day challenges, or guesses at what might occur in the future. So it is that I’ve managed to secure a Q&A with three editorial/publishing figures in the UK, which I will be running over the next week. The ‘triple-bill’ is intended…

Gary McMahon’s 2010 horror-thriller Pretty Little Dead Things raised the bar for supernatural fiction with its spooky spin on the traditional private investigator role. Its protaganist, Thomas Usher, and the haunted, tortured quest upon which he’s thrust combined to create a powerful read. A recent BFS Fantasy Award nomination for that book is a definite nod toward McMahon’s growing credentials as a horror fiction writer of note. Likewise, McMahon’s recently published The Concrete Grove, the first in a trilogy of…

Adam Nevill’s powerful supernatural horror novel The Ritual was released last month, and consistent with his earlier two horror outings delivered high quality shocks and scares aplenty. Adam kindly spared me a not inconsiderable chunk of his time to answer a few questions about his books, the sources for inspiration that lay behind them, some feedback on writing and publishing, and on why horror should be disturbing. His earlier novels Apartment 16 and Banquet for the Damned marked Adam as…

Adam Baker’s excellent apocalyptic horror-thriller Outpost was released earlier this month, and it’s a corker of a book. I was lucky enough to grab a few minutes of Adam’s time to pick his brain, obviously not with the same diligence as one of the more threatening characters from his recent novel, and glean some information as regards his influences, outlooks and views on horror fiction (amongst other things). The resulting output was revelatory, with information on a prequel to Outpost…