What we're about

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 (5+)

Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies

Austrian Cultural Forum London

CineClub hosts a special Fasching screening of this Austrian comedy horror. It's Zombies in the Alps! A group of young snowboarders are stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night apres-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem. Lederhosen and Zombies welcome. Tickets are free, but you need to book in advance http://www.acflondon.org/events/attack-lederhosen-zombies/ This will be a joint event with the Womens Horror Film Club

The Ritual - Adam Neville

The Star of Kings

If you go down to the woods today... Actually, let's not go into the woods, let's just agree to stay away from the woods! This month we bring you a tale of what happens when you go hiking in a Scandinavian forest with friends - a terrifying pagan nightmare of course! The Ritual by Adam Neville has been much requested by the group since our very first meeting. It also won the 2012 August Derleth Award for best horror novel and was made into a film (we've been assured that the book is much better) in 2017. Here's the blurb from goodreads: Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices; ancient artefacts and unidentifiable bones. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they’re the prey. As the four friends struggle toward salvation they discover that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees...

Mervyn Peake exhibition - private view

Victor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

Free opening night private view! Gormenghast ahoy! Plus this is a great little venue if you haven’t been before (giant spider crab is the best) Tickets are here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mervyn-peake-exhibition-private-view-tickets-56586219907

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

The Star of Kings


Past events (85)

The Long Walk - Robert Bachman (Stephen King)

The Star of Kings

Photos (271)

Find us also at