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LONDON GOTHIC by Nicholas Royle

London Gothic is Nicholas Royle’s fourth collection of short stories, published by Confingo Publishing. It contains 15 stories, covering a period between 2000 – 2020, and includes seven original tales. I first came across the fiction of Nicholas Royle in … Continue reading

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HE by John Connolly

He is a fictionalised account of the life and and work of Stan Laurel, the creative half of the world-famous comedy duo Laurel & Hardy. It’s written in a very distinctive style, which does take some getting used to. However … Continue reading

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FIRST PERSON by Richard Flanagan

When a struggling writer is contacted by notorious conman Siegfried Heidl and offered £10,000 to ghost-write his memoirs in just 6 weeks, it’s too much to turn down. Despite the man’s reputation, despite his odd behaviour and his uncertain character, … Continue reading

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WYRD AND OTHER DERELICTIONS by Adam Nevill

Adam Nevill is one of the key figures in contemporary British horror, but to label him as just a horror writer is to do him a disservice. He’s simply a great writer, with the rare ability to be equally adept … Continue reading

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DAVID BOWIE : A LIFE by Dylan Jones

The best kind of biographies (and autobiographies) offer a personal insight into the career of a particular individual and allow us to embark on their journey through life with them. They give intimate details about that person, allowing us to … Continue reading

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MR GODLEY’S PHANTOM by Mal Peet

Martin Heath returns from World War II a broken man, psychologically damaged by the wartime horrors he experienced fighting in Europe. After struggling to return to his old life, he is offered the opportunity of a new start as chauffeur … Continue reading

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WAKENHYRST by Michelle Paver

Wake’s End is a rambling manor house located in the depths of the Suffolk Fens. The year is 1906, and young Maud Stearn is trying to find her way in a household ruled by her puritanical and disciplinarian father, Edmund, … Continue reading

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A PLACE OF EXECUTION by Val McDermid

When 13 year old Alison Carter vanishes in the winter of 1963, the impact is felt keenly on the inhabitants of Scardale, the Peak District farming hamlet in which she lived. Derbyshire police investigator George Bennett, taking on his first … Continue reading

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THE POSTSCRIPT MURDERS by Elly Griffiths

Bestselling novelist Elly Griffiths has been writing mystery stories since 2009’s The Crossing Places, which launched series investigator Dr Ruth Galloway. Her 1950s Brighton-set series featuring Mephisto and Stephens began with The Zig Zag Girl, published in 2014. The Stranger … Continue reading

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DARK TALES by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is one of the greatest writers of weird fiction of all time. Her novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle are landmark titles in the classic catalogue of acclaimed supernatural fiction. … Continue reading

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