Last week, I spoke at two Waterstones events celebrating the Gothic Novel to mark Hallowe’en, the first at Glasgow Argyle Street, the second at Edinburgh Princes Street. It was an honour sharing a platform with the superb Michael J Malone, who came up with the idea for the events, and Anthony O’Neill. I thoroughly enjoyed both authors’ recent works: Michael’s House of Spines (a creepy haunted house/psychological drama with echoes of Daphne du Maurier) and Anthony’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek (a sublime sequel to Stevenson’s classic). Thanks to Sharon (https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/) and Julie Myatt for their excellent hosting. I intend on writing a blog on the Gothic Novel, once I’ve done my next Gothic event. On Sunday October 29 I spoke at the Tarbert Book Festival. Following me was the fantastic Lisa Tuttle. It was a pleasure meeting her and all the organisers, and I look forward to getting stuck into Lisa’s latest, The Witch at Wayside Cross. Lisa and I have something in common: our penchant for the ‘occult detective’.
As for the near future, my pal and co-author Martin Greig of BackPage Media will be interviewing me about my book The Ghost of Helen Addison within the context of the ‘Scottish Gothic’ at the Arlington Baths, Arlington Street, Woodlands, Glasgow on Tuesday November 28. It starts at 630pm, with a 6pm tour of the interesting baths. It’s free, but places are limited so you need to register at Eventbrite, via:
Also, I’ll be in Waterstones Dunfermline at 7pm on Thursday November 30 with the acclaimed Neil Broadfoot. The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is ‘NOURISH’, so I will be considering Leo Moran the gourmand. There might even be a wine tasting!
Before all that, I’ll be interviewing the wonderful Alex Gray, Craig Robertson and Alexandra Sokoloff on Friday November 24. It’s part of ‘Cocktails, Canapes and Crime’, an evening to raise funds for KIND, a small charity which helps poor Scottish families with hampers over Christmas. Friday 24 November 2017, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. MacRoberts LLP, Capella, 60 York Street, Glasgow, G2 8JX. Tickets costing £25 can be booked by emailing Susan Fraser at email@example.com