With Halloween just around the corner and the nights drawing in, Daniel Hahn talks to two writers of spine-tingling gothic works. An ordinary house on an ordinary street is the site of unimaginable darkness in Catriona Ward’s The Last House on Needless Street. Selected for BBC Two’s Between the Covers Book Club and attracting the praise of Stephen King who said ‘the buzz is real… I haven’t read anything this exciting since Gone Girl’, it has been one of the most acclaimed dark reads of the year. Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Imogen Hermes Gowar returns to Cheltenham to discuss her contribution to Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights, which also includes chilling tales from leading writers including Andrew Michael Hurley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Elizabeth MacNeal. Together they share excerpts from their haunting works and discuss the enduring allure of the gothic genre.
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