For those of you who attended our readings last December, these will be very much in a similar vein: atmospheric, festive and, we hope, deeply unsettling. We’re revisiting some of our favourite venues from 2013, and have also added some new ones, including the imposing John Rylands Library in central Manchester and the dungeons of Lancaster Castle. All very exciting. Some of these require booking, some don’t: again, like last year, we’re expecting those that do to sell out rather rapidly, so we’d advise not waiting to get your tickets. We had to turn some hopeful people away who’d come out to a few of our readings last year due to being fully-booked.
These are one-of-a-kind events, no two being the same. At each you will get to see each the authors’ ghost stories read in full: it’s theatrical, it’s fun and often it’s very scary (no under-13’s please), it’s the halfway point between Jackanory and a séance, if you will. Many of these events will also be serving mince pies, some mulled wine. It’s an aptly traditional way to spend a December evening – every Christmas eve the great Edwardian MR James would gather his friends and colleagues together and read them one of his ghost stories by candlelight. Our events are much the same, only less well-dressed and with regional accents.
The book containing these stories, Poor Souls’ Light: Seven Curious Tales, is currently with our printers and available to pre-order here. You’ll also be able to buy copies from us at our events (unless we sell out) as well as some stunning-looking prints of the book’s artwork. A lot of work has gone into the design of the book to ensure that, as well as a good read, it will also be a beautiful, tactile item, one which will enhance either your bookshelf or your reputation as a giver-of-stylish-gifts depending on who you buy it for. The book also includes a link to an online archive or recordings taken from the aforementioned readings we performed last year to promote The Longest Night.
Oh, and remember: Poor Souls’ Light is a limited-edition, print-only book sold only by us. There will be just 500 copies in existence. No reprints, no ISBN, no Amazon-listing and most decidedly no Kindle edition.
On which final note: Bus Station: Unbound, our choose-your-own-adventure style novel is now available to pre-order for Kindle. It’ll be published on 28th January and you can explore every brutalist inch (more or less) of one of the world’s biggest bus stations in this ultra-multifaceted novel of horror, memory, faith, history and/or family (depending on which course of narrative you go with). And, once you finish it, you can simply start again and get a new, entirely different story, and then do the same again, and again and again and again (we’ll do a proper post about the experience of writing with the incredibly clever software we used soon).
And, once all that’s out there, it will be time for The Barrow Rapture, our experimental, digital ‘exploded graphic novel’. But more of that later. For now, we’ll see you in December!