Guest Post by Alan Williams

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Most adults, even the least brave, enjoy a scary surprise in a ghost train or when a sudden fright makes us yell; our response is usually to laugh and tell others about it later to make them laugh too. Many avid readers completely refuse pick up a horror book either viewing them as a lesser sort of read for a different type of person or because they simply don’t like being frightened. It’s a choice.

Guest Post by Alan Williams

Most adults, even the least brave, enjoy a scary surprise in a ghost train or when a sudden fright makes us yell; our response is usually to laugh and tell others about it later to make them laugh too. Many avid readers completely refuse pick up a horror book either viewing them as a lesser sort of read for a different type of person or because they simply don’t like being frightened. It’s a choice.

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Are you getting scared yet?  No??  Well there’s still time.  Here’s a guest post from Alan Williams.

Childhood and Horror

A childhood without fear and surprises would be a very a dull thing.

Last Sunday at 6.30, I sat down to watch the ITV version of Jekyll and Hyde. It seemed a peculiar hour to put horror on television, suggesting all that was disturbing in the novel would be stripped from it to suit to the ‘grab a classic and do something with it before someone else does’ brigade of film-makers.

During the advertisements, a quick look at Twitter to see if it was a thumbs up or down, showed the majority of tweets came from concerned parents who had turned it off because it was too frightening for their children. In fairness, it probably was, particularly the dog-man creature. Not the wisest move by ITV schedulers but then with…

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Guest Post by Louise Beech

Hallows Eve Blogging ~

Louise Beech is an East Yorkshire author who has always been haunted by the sea. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show.

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The Inner Critter: Awareness First, The Writing Will Follow

I recently had a woman come on my Haven Writing Retreat and say, “I learned more in five days of Haven than in my entire MFA program…and I’m still paying it off six years later!” I hear this sort o…

Once we are in that free place of creation, we begin to hunger for our voices. Why? Because we are in a natural flow. Once we are in that flow, it even gets easy. We’re no longer in our way. We understand that with every single thing we write, there is an inherent problem. Of course there is. Our job is to find the problem and solve it. The Inner Critter can’t scare us with this challenge any more.

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Halloween 2015 Event ~ Book Blog

Source: Halloween 2015 Event

You are all invited to Sonya’s Halloween blog event taking place day and night on the 31st October 2015.

There will be plenty of activities; short stories, guest posts, giveaways and maybe even some reviews.

Waiters will be at the ready to serve non-stop drinks including High Spirits, Ghoulish Cocktails and Witchy Brews. There will also be oodles of food; Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Stew and even Pumpkin Curry! You will not go without. Visit Sonya for a fun-packed day and night.

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Billy And The Devil

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Billy And The Devil
by Dean Lilleyman

Billy and the Devil is a shocking, compelling and intimate portrayal of isolation, sexual misadventure, and addiction. Told in a series of brilliantly rendered observations and episodes from Billy’s life, this controversial story charts an all-too real descent into alcoholism. It is an unflinchingly vivid journey to a place of no return, where love is lost in the darkest of woods – a boy, who becomes a man, who becomes his own worst devil. But ultimately, what choice does Billy have?

Billy And The Devil gives us a dark, stark, sordid insight into the life of an alcoholic. Billy’s grandfather was an alcoholic who stabbed his wife and ended up in prison. Billy’s father, who he never knew until adulthood had major problems with alcohol. Nature or nurture? Some would say the die was already cast.

We see Billy as a small boy…

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