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Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as we collaborate with London Horror Festival on the art of constructing dread in the Horror genre and writing scary stories that terrify on the page and the stage.

Join us as three writers of truly terrifying stories chat to us about how they devise characters, scenes and settings that instill dread in their readers and viewers. We marvel at the way they seek to terrorise and entertain in equal measure. 

Our panel for this horrifying discussion includes Laura Purcell, author of gothic horror novels for Raven Books (see: Bone China), Carrie Thompson, one half of Hermetic Arts and writer of folk horror plays: BADD, Unburiedand April, and Sasha Wilson, Artistic Director of the award-winning Out Of The Forest Theatre and author of plays: Bury the Hatchet about Lizzie Borden and Call Me Fury about the Salem Witch Trials.

We hope you're free to join us.

Date: Tuesday, September 3rd
Timing: Doors open for our free drinks reception at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm prompt, followed by audience Q&A and book signing. Event concludes at 8:00pm.
Venue: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP 
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road 
Tickets: £20 for Adults / £15 Concessions. Adult tickets include a copy of Bone China by Laura Purcell



Laura Purcell is a former bookseller, she lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her first novel for Bloomsbury, The Silent Companions, was a Radio 2 Book Club pick, was selected for the Zoe Ball ITV Book Club and was the winner of the Thumping Good Read Award. Her second novel, The Corset was published in 2018 and upcoming Bone Chinawill be published on September 19th, 2019. Visit and follow @spookypurcell.

'Laura is a masterful writer, her deliciously gothic stories so skilfully woven that you can't get them out of your head even if you wanted to' - Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars

Carrie Thompson is an actor, singer, and writer, She is one half of Hermetic Arts; a multidisciplinary producing partnership, creating genre work in theatre. The other half is Chris Lincé. Hermetic Arts have produced three shows, 'B.A.D.D.' (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons); focusing on the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, 'Unburied'; a folk-horror play about a missing 1970s children's TV show, and 'April'; a workshop/show presented by an internet guru/chaos magician/cult leader. Their new show will be premiering at the London Horror Festival in October. More details can be found at Carrie is also a writer for Big Finish. Her first Doctor Who audio drama, 'The Second Oldest Question', will be released this October. Follow @Hermetic_Arts 

Sasha Wilson is an actor, writer and theatre-maker from Boston, Massachusetts. LAMDA graduate. Artistic Director of the award-winning Out Of The Forest Theatre and author of the plays: BURY THE HATCHET about Lizzie Borden and CALL ME FURY about the Salem Witch Trials. Dog lover usually found eating ramen or talking about true crime. Follow @_sashawilson @OutOfThe_Forest 

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