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The Waterstones Podcast - Haunting

Posted on 22nd October 2019 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.


Haunting

You don’t start a new podcast season at this time of year without injecting some thrills and chills. Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, has made us wait twenty years for another novel but, with Imaginary Friend, he’s back with a bang. He spoke to us about where his idea for it came from and how he provokes reactions from readers. We also get to hear a genuine ghostly encounter from Jeanette Winterson who will have you checking the doors and windows before bedtime. And Andrew Michael Hurley shares his own fascinations with death and the afterlife and why we’re all a little bit obsessed with what happens next.

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Fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower have been waiting for Chbosky’s second novel for twenty years, and Imaginary Friend certainly doesn’t disappoint. An epic narrative that takes in unexplained disappearance and the fractured bonds of family, this is a literary chiller that marks one of the publishing events of the year.
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Form very much reflects subject matter in Jeanette Winterson’s astonishing new novel, as she splices together the iconic narrative of Frankenstein with a modern day dissection of AI and synthetic humanity. The result is a magnificently monstrous fable about body image and horror that encompasses some of the most contentious issues of the day.
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A brittle, bracing sliver of purest folk horror, seeped in the traditions of the best nature writing, Starve Acre is a gothic study of grief and haunting guilt from the acclaimed author of The Loney. In the aftermath of their child’s death, a couple search for answers but as they dig into the past – their own and that of their community - a blighted plot of local land births a living nightmare.

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The most chilling and atmospheric tales from a true pioneer of supernatural fiction, this collection of M.R. James’ ghost stories makes for delightfully spooky reading on a dark winter’s night. Haunted landscapes and eerie objects abound as human reason is confounded by visions, spectres and ghouls.
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A divine mash-up of comedy, crime and fantasy, Rivers of London is the book that kick-started the formidably successful Peter Grant series. Overlaying a wonderful supernatural gloss on the streets and landmarks of the capital, Aaronovitch provides a thrillingly exciting opening mystery for his detective/apprentice wizard protagonist.
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One of the very finest practitioners of the modern ghost story, Michelle Paver serves up another incredibly atmospheric supernatural chiller, set on the Himalayan mountainside of the 1930s. Character driven and structurally flawless, Thin Air is a supremely intelligent example of the power of the uncanny.
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