What we're about

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 (3)

Amazon Watch Party - C.H.U.D.

Online event

Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers? Sign me up now!

You will need a UK Amazon Prime account to be able to access the Party. I'll post the link to join about 10 minutes before the meeting is due to start, so be ready to watch at 7pm

Blurb for film follows:
A bizarre series of sudden disappearances on the streets of New York City seems to point toward something unsavory living in the sewers.

Things We Lost in the Fire - Mariana Enriquez [First session]

Addicts, pimps, occultists, ghosts and worse haunt Argentina’s streets in this 2017 short story collection from Mariana Enriquez.

Disappearances and dictatorship, corrupt cops and sharp-toothed kids, river demons and satanic rituals all feature in this wide-ranging and much-praised collection.

N.B. With longer short story collections, we often select specific stories to focus on in the discussion but this book is only 200 pages so come expecting to be able to discuss any/all of the stories.

Meeting will start at 7pm and finish between 9.30 and 10. with breaks in between.

The online meeting link will be shared on the day.

Here's the summary from Goodreads:

In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory. In these stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortázar, three young friends distract themselves with drugs and pain in the midst a government-enforced blackout; a girl with nothing to lose steps into an abandoned house and never comes back out; to protest a viral form of domestic violence, a group of women set themselves on fire.

But alongside the black magic and disturbing disappearances, these stories are fueled by compassion for the frightened and the lost, ultimately bringing these characters—mothers and daughters, husbands and wives—into a surprisingly familiar reality. Written in hypnotic prose that gives grace to the grotesque, Things We Lost in the Fire is a powerful exploration of what happens when our darkest desires are left to roam unchecked, and signals the arrival of an astonishing and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.

Things We Lost in the Fire - Mariana Enriquez [Second session]

Addicts, pimps, occultists, ghosts and worse haunt Argentina’s streets in this 2017 short story collection from Mariana Enriquez.

Disappearances and dictatorship, corrupt cops and sharp-toothed kids, river demons and satanic rituals all feature in this wide-ranging and much-praised collection.

N.B. With longer short story collections, we often select specific stories to focus on in the discussion but this book is only 200 pages so come expecting to be able to discuss any/all of the stories.

Meeting will start at 7pm and finish between 9.30 and 10. with breaks in between.

The online meeting link will be shared on the day.

Here's the summary from Goodreads:

In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory. In these stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortázar, three young friends distract themselves with drugs and pain in the midst a government-enforced blackout; a girl with nothing to lose steps into an abandoned house and never comes back out; to protest a viral form of domestic violence, a group of women set themselves on fire.

But alongside the black magic and disturbing disappearances, these stories are fueled by compassion for the frightened and the lost, ultimately bringing these characters—mothers and daughters, husbands and wives—into a surprisingly familiar reality. Written in hypnotic prose that gives grace to the grotesque, Things We Lost in the Fire is a powerful exploration of what happens when our darkest desires are left to roam unchecked, and signals the arrival of an astonishing and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.

Past events (217)

Netflix Party - Tremors

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