By BEN WOODS
Friday, October 19, 2012
Hordes of zombies, bloodthirsty ghouls and apocalyptic landscapes...
It may sound like a far cry from Lowestoft, even in your worst nightmares.
But the great and good from the world of horror fiction will be hoping to bring this dark and macabre world to the heart of Lowestoft when the town hosts a literature convention next month.
Autumn: Horror in the East will be welcoming fans from across the country to the Aspire Centre at Denes High School in Yarmouth Road, where 13 authors will be giving talks and readings from their work.
The event, on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, will include appearances by some well-established names from the horror fiction scene including Adam Baker, Jaspre Bark and Joseph D’Lacey who will be launching his new collection of short stories entitled Splinters.
It has been organised by Jo Wilde, manager of the town’s Waterstones, and Emma Bunn, 39, from Lowestoft, and who said she hoped people who had never read horror fiction before would go along to the event and give it a try.
She said: “This is a convention done simply for the love of reading. People do not read horror as much these days as they used to – horror is a dying art. But what people do not realise is that there is a completely new breed of author there ready to be discovered.”
Miss Bunn decided to hold the convention after organising a successful launch event for David Moody’s book Them or Us – the third instalment in the Hater trilogy – at Lowestoft library last year.
She said she was inspired to create the event after realising there was a gap in the convention circuit for a horror fiction event.
Authors due feature to at Autumn: Horror in the East include Adam Baker, Jaspre Bark, Ivan Bunn, Henry Baker, Simon Coleby, Joseph D’Lacey, Joseph Freeman, Andrew Hook, Paul S Huggins, Iain McKinnon, Adam Millard, David Moody, Sean T Page and Conrad Williams.
To launch the event, Emma’s father, local historian and author Ivan Bunn, will giving his talk on haunted Lowestoft on Friday, November 2. The talk is due to be held at the Lowestoft Heritage Centre.
●If you can support the convention by offering a venue, or would like more information on the event, visit www.horrorintheeast.com