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In Time Out - https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/the-horror-book-club

Video with giffgaff - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHOtJgxiMh0

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 Dreams in the Witch House & Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft [Pub meet]

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.

It's time to get weird again.

Or should I say, rather, that the gibbous moon has summoned that hideous hour when we, though merely gibbering and bachtrachian creatures, must once more delve into the tenebrous and eldritch tales of that demoniac scribbler known to the ululating masses as Mr Howard Phillips Lovecraft.

This is a 480 pages short story collection with 21 stories in it; we know that's a slog so we'd ask people to prioritise the following stories so we all have a common reference for at least part of the discussion:

- The Dreams from the Witch House
- The Shadow Out of Time
- The Cats of Ulthar
- The Silver Key
- Through the Gates of the Silver Key

The meeting will start at 7pm and finish between 9.30 and 10pm (BST), with breaks in between.

Here's the official blurb:

One of the masters of 'weird fiction', H. P. Lovecraft expanded the vast boundaries of the horror genre with his vividly imagined stories of exotic and fantastical otherworlds, nightmarish dreamscapes or the supernatural terrors lurking beneath the surface of small-town America.

The shadow of New England's witch-hunting past hangs over many of the tales, as in 'The Shunned House' and 'The Dreams in the Witch House', in which malevolent spectres return to haunt the region. Others, such as 'From Beyond' and 'The Shadow Out of Time', depict the catastrophic results when cosmic channels of time and space are opened, while stories such as 'Polaris' and 'The Doom that Came to Sarnath' portray the downfall of mythical civilizations.

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The Dreams in the Witch House & Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft [Online]

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N.B. this meeting will be held online via Zoom. There is also an in-person session being held on Wednesday in a central London pub.

It's time to get weird again.

Or should I say, rather, that the gibbous moon has summoned that hideous hour when we, though merely gibbering and bachtrachian creatures, must once more delve into the tenebrous and eldritch tales of that demoniac scribbler known to the ululating masses as Mr Howard Phillips Lovecraft.

This is a 480 pages short story collection with 21 stories in it; we know that's a slog so we'd ask people to prioritise the following stories so we all have a common reference for at least part of the discussion:

- The Dreams from the Witch House
- The Shadow Out of Time
- The Cats of Ulthar
- The Silver Key
- Through the Gates of the Silver Key

The meeting will start at 7pm and finish between 9.30 and 10pm (BST), with breaks in between.

Here's the official blurb:

One of the masters of 'weird fiction', H. P. Lovecraft expanded the vast boundaries of the horror genre with his vividly imagined stories of exotic and fantastical otherworlds, nightmarish dreamscapes or the supernatural terrors lurking beneath the surface of small-town America.

The shadow of New England's witch-hunting past hangs over many of the tales, as in 'The Shunned House' and 'The Dreams in the Witch House', in which malevolent spectres return to haunt the region. Others, such as 'From Beyond' and 'The Shadow Out of Time', depict the catastrophic results when cosmic channels of time and space are opened, while stories such as 'Polaris' and 'The Doom that Came to Sarnath' portray the downfall of mythical civilizations.

Infidel - Pornsak Pichetshote [Pub meeting]

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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 unable to attend in person for any other reason.

Xenophobia, loss and haunted houses. Join us to discuss our comic/graphic novel for the year, Indidel by writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell.

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:

A haunted house story for the 21st century, INFIDEL follows an American Muslim woman and her multi-racial neighbours who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia.

Bestselling editor Pornsak Pichetshote (Swamp Thing, Daytripper, The Unwritten) makes his comics writing debut alongside artist extraordinaire Aaron Campbell (The Shadow, James Bond: Felix Leiter), award-winning colorist and editor José Villarubia (Batman: Year 100, Spider-Man: Reign), and lettere /designer Jeff Powell (SCALES & SCOUNDRELS).

Infidel - Pornsak Pichetshote [Online meeting]

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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.

Xenophobia, loss and haunted houses. Join us to discuss our comic/graphic novel for the year, Indidel by writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell.

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:

A haunted house story for the 21st century, INFIDEL follows an American Muslim woman and her multi-racial neighbours who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia.

Bestselling editor Pornsak Pichetshote (Swamp Thing, Daytripper, The Unwritten) makes his comics writing debut alongside artist extraordinaire Aaron Campbell (The Shadow, James Bond: Felix Leiter), award-winning colorist and editor José Villarubia (Batman: Year 100, Spider-Man: Reign), and lettere /designer Jeff Powell (SCALES & SCOUNDRELS).

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