We all get terribly excited over at Tor Towers by Halloween - whether it's bobbing for apples, dressing up as zombies, or jumping out of the stock cupboard and wailing at passing colleagues - we love all things spooky and scary. And have the list to prove it, including the incredibly talented, 'don't read this in the dark' , Adam Nevill, award-winning author of Apartment 16, The Ritual and Last Days.
Reviewers say of his novels:
'Nevill is fast becoming Britain’s answer to Stephen King’ Guardian
‘Horrifyingly scary . . . Nevill sinuously ramps up the tension’ Sunday Times
‘Adam Nevill has wrought something genuinely creepy in his tale . . . first-rate’ SFX
House of Small Shadows is a truly terrifying story set in the Red House where its inhabitants, an ancient old lady in a wheelchair and her mute servant, are curators for the last of M H Mason's greatest works - a collection of dioramas of the Great War featuring costumed rats and a collection of lifelike puppets. Puppets . . . and dolls. For anyone who watched Child's Play or cowered at the clown under the bed in Poltergeist in the eighties, we can guess where this is leading . . .
Here's the blurb to tempt you further:
Catherine’s last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top antiques publication saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and now things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself – to catalogue the late M H Mason’s wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets.
Rarest of all, she’ll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from World War II.
When Mason’s elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection, Catherine can’t believe her luck. Until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle’s ‘Art’. Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but M H Mason’s damaged visions raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she’d hoped therapy had finally erased. Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge. And some truths seem too terrible to be real . . .
And now we have a cover as well!
Go on - admit it. Did it just send a shiver up your spine? House of Small Shadows is publishing next year - until then, listen out for the pitter-patter of tiny feet . . .and go and visit Adam here for a night of horror on Halloween!
Wednesday 31 October, 7.30pm – 9pm
Halloween Fright Night - a stellar line-up of some of the best British horror authors.
Adam Nevill, David Moody, Wayne Simmons & Joseph D’Lacey
At Waterstone’s Cheltenham
Tickets £2 redeemable against purchases of books by the authors at the event
Further details: 01242 571 779