A huge thank you to everyone that turned out to last week's Gothic Evening at Blackwell's Charing Cross. It was even larger than the previous event and the store was absolutely packed. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did.
Thanks as well to The Kraken Rum for their continued support of all things geeky and wonderful and Blackwell's for being such gracious hosts. Many of the evening's titles were heavily promoted for the evening. For those that couldn't make it (or didn't get a chance to indulge on the night), we suggest swooping quickly - signed books on a 3-for-2 offer won't last long.
We were fortunate enough to have a bevy of amazing guests for the event. If you enjoyed meeting them and would like to read more about their contributions to the Gothic, here are some good places to start:
Christopher Fowler: Hell Train, Red Gloves
Jon Courtenay Grimwood: The Fallen Blade, The Outcast Blade, The Bitten Word
Marcus Hearn: The Hammer Vault, The Art of Hammer
John Kaiine: The Bitten Word, Cold Grey Stones (cover)
Tanith Lee: Cold Grey Stones, The Bitten Word
Suzanne McLeod: The Sweet Scent of Blood
Joel Meadows: Spooked: A London Gothic
James Pearson: Bayou Arcana (out in May, but you can pre-order now!)
Jonathan Rigby: Studies in Terror
Emma Vieceli: Vampire Academy
The Blackwell's blog - Charing Cross Read - also played host to a variety of writers and bloggers over the past few weeks. These were:
"Notes on the Suburban Gothic" by Louis Greenberg (The Mall, The Ward)
"The Gothic in Teen Fiction" by Esther Saxey (Reading the Vampire Slayer)
"Southern Gothic" by James Pearson (Bayou Arcana)
"The Gothic Weather" by Steve Rasnic Tem (Deadfall Hotel)
"A Sense of Place" by Simon Bestwick (The Faceless)
All these authors and more can be found on our annotated list of contemporary Gothic reading is available on The Kitschies site.