Now Haunting London

London, Reading & Writing

Well, this year sees an explosion in spooky London events as we abandon our great love of Guido Fawkes and instead buy black-and-orange plastic supermarket tat before heading off to zombiethons, Zombie Horror Camp in the Old Vic tunnels, horror shows (the Leicester Square Theatre horror anthology ‘The Hallowe’en Sessions’ written by Kim Newman and friends is my hot choice), a cool horror film all-nighter from Frighfest and of course lots of readings.

Tomorrow night I’ll be with the other authors of ‘Magic’ (edited by Jonathan Oliver, who did the terrific ‘End of the Line’ and ‘House of Fear’) signing copies at Foyles bookstore in Charing Cross Road from 6:30pm. It’s a free event but you can book online.

Next Wednesday I’ll be at Blacks Club reading ‘Ghosts By Candlelight’ (I’d best bring a torch, then) and on Friday 3rd November I’ll be tackling another ghostly short story session at The Green Man pub on Great Portland Street at 7:00pm.

There’ll be a lot of other events coming up in the near future so stay tuned or check me out under ‘Peculiar’ on Twitter or Facebook.

5 comments on “Now Haunting London”

  1. Alison says:

    I am still a fan of All Hallows. Can’t be doing with all this Americanisation – the begging with menaces that goes on is just plain wrong. Here in York it’s worth mentioning that St Peter’s School doesn’t have a Guy because Guido went to that school and they don’t burn old boys.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    It’s been decided that even going only to houses where you know the residents isn’t safe so now kids are taken to the mall where the merchants provide candy and events. I don’t know why the merchants would be seen as safer than your known neighbours but there you are. Community associations used to have fireworks displays but there don’t seem to be many of those. It’s the only time when you can legally buy fireworks but groups putting on a public display have to have a licensed person in charge – usually a fireman – but I think people just got worried about being sued in case of injuries.
    Guy Fox was not the only one involved in that charming little plot so why is he the only one to become famous?

  3. snowy says:

    My best guess as to the reason why Guy Fawkes has stolen the limelight is that he became a popular figure in Victorian melodramas.

    In the light of various scandals in recent times he is still regarded as “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”.

    A properly organised firework display is much safer than having them a home, and is fantastic value.

  4. Dan Terrell says:

    My copy is on order with the big Ama.US and look forward to UPS knock-knock-knocking on my front door (*). Hope it is as good as House of Fear was.
    (*)Deep American ref. to Guns ‘n’ Roses, man. Headscarf anyone?

  5. Yootha says:

    Guy “Fox”? LOL Helen, major history fail right there…

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