At Halloween Stand Up For Books [EVENT]

Helen J Young

This is a guest post from Helen Joanna Youngs. She is currently working for an independent niche genre publisher.   Alongside her day job Helen is also on the Society of Young Publishers committee organising events to promote the industry, and furthermore freelancing as a fabulous marketeer.


At Halloween you should stand up for books. Not only has there been some terrific literature that has scared us senseless and sent shivers down our fragile mere mortal spines, but there is more tingling, menacing stuff being created and at Halloween, we should scream and be frightened out of our minds with some good writing.

The imagination is what makes spooky literature so scary, our imaginations let loose, so this Stand Up For Books is a tribute to all the goose-bumps we’ve ever encountered whilst reading.

Stand Up for Books is a quarterly event organised by the Society of Young Publishers and Society of Authors. We want to create an entertaining, fun and unpretentious literary evening for you folk out there who love books and want to support the new, cherished and unpublished authors.

Our confirmed line up this month includes Brighton-based author James Dawson, whose debut contemporary chiller novel ‘Hollow Pike’, sent waves through the YA genre with surprises, witchcraft and jumps nobody could predict.

Also, we have Serpent Tail’s Cathi Unsworth, a rock-journalist-turned-author, dubbed the first lady of noir. We are delighted to have her for her gritty, urban lit. Her first novel ‘The Not Knowing’ was published in 2005 and her most recent novel ‘Weirdo’ is set against a powerful backdrop of the Norfolk coast and landscape, delving into notions of cults and clans, families and outsiders, superstition and pure psychopathy for this work of unforgettable Eastern Gothic…

And last but not least, Katy Darby, her debut novel ‘The Unpierced Heart’ has been called a gothic gem and said to retain the flavour of Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conan Doyle! Her fiction has been read on BBC Radio, and she has published stories in magazines including Slice, Mslexia and The London Magazine, as well as winning prizes in several international fiction competitions.

We will be reading our favourite gothic poems and short stories in between acts and also, we are calling for submissions for your scary writing, so you can make your debut on the stage and scare us silly.

8 till 10.30 at The George on the Strand
£3 for members and £5 for non-members

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