Where The Ghosts Live


Tim Haig
Tim Haigh’s excellent site www.bookspodcast.co.uk runs interviews with authors about their work, and there are some gems to explore here. I’ve done a number of these with Tim and particularly enjoy them because he knows his stuff and loves genre writing, which makes an interview so much more enjoyable than those with presenters who have no particular affinity for the subject.

This time I’m talking to him about the genesis of ‘Nyctophobia’ and ghost story writing. And in it I make a mistake (clearly thinking of something else as I talked), mislabelling ailurophobia, which of course, is fear of cats. You can find the interview here, in plenty of time for Halloween!

3 comments on “Where The Ghosts Live”

  1. Charles says:

    Unrelated to this article, but I’m excited for the audiobook release of ‘Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart’ for November 6 (on Audible Canada at least) and I’ve already pre-ordered it. I buy the audiobooks because I like to listen to stories while I work (my job requires little focus), and because if I read the print book, I’ll burn through it in less than two hours, which leaves me with nothing to read.

    I first discovered B&M while browsing the “To-Be-Shelved” cart (I love this because it shows me what others have been reading and also lessens the work for staff) at my local library four or five months ago. After that first book (Seventy-Seven Clocks) I was hooked! I’ve since read or listened to all the books except the most recent one. I already know that the 6th is one day I’m going to be positively bouncing to go to work!

    Thank you, Christopher, for writing such excellent books! Though clearly aimed at an adult audience, B&M books are more than appropriate for younger readers, which is one reason I jumped on the book when I read in the “About the author” about how ‘Fowler has proven that you don’t need sex or gory scenes to write a successful detective mystery’ (para-phrased from memory). When those things get so much focus in a book, it just ruins it for me.

    I’m sad to see, however, that book twelve will be the last. But if this means anything to you, my ultimate test for a book is if I can re-read it within a couple months and still enjoy it as much or more than when I first read it, and B&M passes with flying colours! Some books I simply cannot re-read, while others I’ve read over a dozen times (ie, HP series).

  2. Gareth Reeve says:

    Well done Mr Fowler! I had just about given up on horror as a genre, I read Nyctophobia in one sitting and when I got up to go to the loo it was followed by my partner asking…..”why the fuck have you turned the light on?” Superb and thanks for the ensuing nightmares!

  3. Gareth Reeve says:

    If you are still stumped for a good book I still stand by SL Grey “the Mall”

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