What are you afraid of as an adult?

What are you afraid of as adult? There are many things writers dream of – critical acclaim, perhaps, or an international bestseller – but for some of us, a nod from Stephen King will always be top of the wishlist. Well, C.J. Tudor has all three. “If you like my stuff, you’ll like this,” King […]

“There is one movie that scares the hell out of me.”

“There is one movie that scares the hell out of me.” For so much of the time, our lives progress in predictable ways. We have our routines and expectations, and we have people close to us – especially our families – whom we think we know. What could be more unnerving, then, than the sudden […]

Why do readers like to be frightened?

Why do readers like to be frightened?     They say a good series detective needs a town, a city, a beat for them to walk. Rebus has Edinburgh, Morse has Oxford, and so on. But another way of looking at it might be that every place needs a detective. Bradford is an industrial city […]

What’s the scariest thing that happened to Ruth Ware?

What’s the scariest thing that happened to Ruth Ware?     Ruth Ware began her writing career with a series of young adult fantasy novels, before moving on to the gripping, uneasy psychological thrillers that have made her an international bestseller. Her ingenious plots frequently play out in closed and claustrophobic settings, against an escalating […]

“Were You Scared of the Dark?”

“Were You Scared of the Dark?” Alex North Explores the pathology of fear with Steve Cavanagh   Anybody who’s met Steve Cavanagh will tell you the same: it’s difficult to imagine him being frightened of anything. Steve has worked both as a bouncer in Belfast and as a highly-respected human rights lawyer, and he’s the […]

Sarah Pinborough on Fear

Sarah Pinborough on Fear When I first started writing The Whisper Man, all I really knew was that it would be about fathers and sons and that I wanted it to be scary. The story emerged gradually as I wrote.   I found myself in a similar situation when asked to guest edit Strand’s blog. […]