It is with absolute delight that I announce a series of author talks at my local library – West Barnes – starting with the scarily good SJI Holliday and the ‘spooktacular’ William Ryan on Monday 29th October at 7.30pm. They’ll be telling us all about their new books.
The Lingering by SJI Holliday is a contemporary ghost story. I finished it recently and it was quite discomforting right from the start – perfect!
Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient commune in the English Fens, desperate for a fresh start. The local village is known for witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history.
When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution…
I’m currently reading A House of Ghosts by W.C Ryan (initials are clearly important for ghost stories). It’s set in 1917 in a large house on an island. It’s been described as The Woman in Black meets And Then There Were None. And from what I’ve read so far, I can see why!
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.
At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.
For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one…
Date: Monday 29th October
Location: West Barnes Library, Station Road, New Malden, KT3 6JF.
Please click here for more details of the library and a map. The library is right next to Motspur Park station (trains from Waterloo) so it’s easy to get to.
It’s free to get in as the event has been set up by the Friends of the Library but they will be asking for a donation – especially as you’ll get a glass of wine. And maybe a cookie! *CHANGE OF PLAN! THERE WILL NOW BE A £1 CHARGE FOR A TICKET!* Apologies for the change but this means we can now guarantee being able to buy the wine!
To reserve your seat, you can pop into the library if you’re local, ring 020 8274 5789 (the library is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays) or let me know either by commenting on this post or contacting me on Twitter @JoyKluver
As it’s quite a small library, places are limited so please book ASAP. It’s going to be ‘fangtastic’!
S.J.I. (Susi) Holliday is a pharmaceutical statistician by day and a crime and horror fan by night. She is the bestselling author of the creepy and claustrophobic Banktoun trilogy (Black Wood, Willow Walk, and The Damselfly) featuring the much-loved Sergeant Davie Gray, and has dabbled in festive crime with the critically acclaimed The Deaths of December. Her latest psychological thriller is modern gothic with more than a hint of the supernatural, which she loved writing due to her fascination with and fear of ghosts.
W.C. (William) Ryan is the author of The Constant Soldier and the Korolev series of historical crime novels set in Russia. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA Historical Dagger and the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award, and have been translated into over a dozen languages.