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Whitby and the Lure of the Gothic

While planning the follow-up to her immensely successful In Bitter Chill, and fuelled by a life-long fascination with Hammer Horror, crime writer Sarah Ward travelled to Whitby, the birthplace of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Here, she explains how the eerie location stirred the shadows of her imagination and helped her to write A Deadly Thaw, the second Inspector Francis Sadler novel.

Waterstones and HarperCollins present the Killer Crime Festival.

Celebrate the best in crime fiction with the Killer Crime Festival, a two-day festival of both online and in-store events.

Review of the Year 2014: Part Two

In the second part of our round-up of the year, authors battled it out in the Ultimate Writer contest, the Tour de France came to Yorkshire and ice-buckets splashed over the heads of our favourite writers. It was a truly spectacular summer. Let's take a look at the booky highlights from May through to August 2014.

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Yes, that's deliberate and not a typo! Rowan Whiteside of our Norwich bookshop shares her excitement about the upcoming Noirwich Crime Writing Festival – a deadly new festival.

First glimpse at Cheltenham Festival 2014 line-up

Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel are among the first big names announced for this year's The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Northanger Abbey: satire and suggestibility - Val McDermid

This week, Val McDermid joins The Austen Project with her modern re-imagining of Jane Austen's gothic classic Northanger Abbey....

The truth in the tales

Robert Dinsdale introduces his new novel Gingerbread by looking at the dark origins of fairytales...

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