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Get in touch - thehorrorbookclub@gmail.com

For those who like to face their fears... with books!

We read one weird, wonderful and (crucially) terror-inducing book* a month. Then we meet up in central London to discuss.

If you like:

• Horror

• Dark Fantasy

• Weird Fiction

• Ghost Stories

• Gothic Fiction

• or just generally being scared and/or weirded out of your pants...

...then The Horror Book Club is for you!

Just some quick house rules for meetings:

1. The resurrection of the dead is strictly forbidden

2. No biting

3. It is polite to warn members before summoning spirits, demons or ancient deities

4. All familiars, zombie-slaves and maniacal assistants must wait outside the venue for the duration or the meeting

5. No rampaging

*Either novel, graphic novel or a short story collection.

Upcoming events (4)

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell [Pub meeting]

Prince of Wales

N.B. this meeting will be held in person in The Prince of Wales pub near Covent Garden. There is also an online session held on Thursday if you are not in London or are not able to attend in person for any other reason.

There's nothing better than a ghost story to read over the Christmas period and this one has been called a modern classic by many. It won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018 - what higher accolade could there be!

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb from goodreads.com:

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure —a silent companion —-that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of The Bridge are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition--that is, until she notices the figure's eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect--much like the silent companions themselves.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell [Online meeting]

Link visible for attendees

N.B. this meeting is held online via Zoom. If you want to join us for the in-person discussion, it is held the day before (on Wednesday) in a central London pub.

There's nothing better than a ghost story to read over the Christmas period and this one has been called a modern classic by many. It won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018 - what higher accolade could there be!

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb from goodreads.com:

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure —a silent companion —-that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of The Bridge are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition--that is, until she notices the figure's eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect--much like the silent companions themselves.

Classic HBC - The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle [Pub meeting]

N.B. this meeting will be held in person in The Prince of Wales pub near Covent Garden. There is also an online session held on Thursday if you are not in London or are not able to attend in person for any other reason.

In our first ever Classic Horror Book Club event, we are returning to the Ballad of Black Tom, which we first read in May 2017. It was a hit with us back then, but will it prove just as popular still?

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a retelling of the most controversial (read massively racist) of HP Lovercraft's stories, The Horror at Red Hook (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horror_at_Red_Hook). The novella introduces a new main character, a young black man called Tommy Tester and gives a new perspective on the summoning of the Great Old Ones in 1920s Queens.

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb from goodreads.com:

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.
Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.
A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

Classic HBC - The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle [Online meeting]

Link visible for attendees

N.B. this meeting is held online via Zoom. If you want to join us for the in-person discussion, it is held the day before (on Wednesday) in a central London pub.

In our first ever Classic Horror Book Club event, we are returning to the Ballad of Black Tom, which we first read in May 2017. It was a hit with us back then, but will it prove just as popular still?

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a retelling of the most controversial (read massively racist) of HP Lovercraft's stories, The Horror at Red Hook (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horror_at_Red_Hook). The novella introduces a new main character, a young black man called Tommy Tester and gives a new perspective on the summoning of the Great Old Ones in 1920s Queens.

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb from goodreads.com:

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.
Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.
A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

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