Later this month, as part of our award-nominated programme of horror story readings, Twisted Tales will run PS Publishing Showcases from 6-8pm at Waterstone’s Liverpool One (Friday 27 January) and Waterstone’s King Street, Lancaster (Saturday 28 January). The line-up will consist of Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, and Paul Kane, each delivering a reading of twenty minutes, before a panel discussion and Q&A. Audience members will then have a chance to get their books signed and to talk to the authors in a more informal context. FREE tickets can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line PS LIVERPOOL and/or PS LANCASTER. There’s no commitment, we just need to know how many are turning up in advance so that we can make sure that there is sufficient seating.
Ramsey Campbell: The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association and the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain and Ghosts Know. Forthcoming is The Kind Folk. His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead and Just Behind You, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain. His regular columns appear in Prism, All Hallows, Dead Reckonings and Video Watchdog. He is the President of the British Fantasy Society and of the Society of Fantastic Films.
Peter Crowther: Already the recipient of various awards for his writing and editing, Peter Crowther cemented his long-term place in the field with the introduction in 1998 of PS Publishing, now one of the most highly respected publishers in the field of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Starting in 1999 with just four novellas PS is now putting out between 30 and 40 titles annually. PS went on to receive the British Fantasy Society’s annual award for Best Speciality Press seven years running until Pete withdrew the imprint from further consideration. Aside from PS, Pete’s work has been widely translated, and his short stories have been adapted for TV on both sides of the Atlantic and collected in The Longest Single Note, Lonesome Roads, Songs of Leaving, Cold Comforts, The Spaces Between the Lines, The Land at the End of the Working Day and the upcoming Jewels In The Dust. He is the co-author (with James Lovegrove) of Escardy Gap and The Hand That Feeds, and author of the Forever Twilight SF/horror cycle and By Wizard Oak.
Paul Kane: An award-winning writer and editor. His short story collections are Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones, Peripheral Visions, Shadow Writer, The Adventures of Dalton Quayle, and The Butterfly Man and Other Stories. His novellas include Signs of Life, The Lazarus Condition and RED. He is the author of the novels Of Darkness and Light, The Gemini Factor and the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy. He is co-editor of the anthology Hellbound Hearts and his non-fiction books are The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark. His work has been optioned for film and television, and his zombie story ‘Dead Time’ was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted The Opportunity, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and The Weeping Woman – filmed by award-winning director Mark Steensland and starring Tony-nominated actor Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night).