Wednesday, 25 October 2017

An Evening Of Gothic Fiction at The Bloomsbury Institute for #Halloween @BloomsburyInst

DC Editor Adam writes…

Regular readers, Walkers (and listeners) will know that I covered Frankenstein from a movie angle on the recent Halloween Special edition of our London Walks Podcast

… but, as we all know, the story goes back a lot further than 1931.

For Halloween 2017 the Bloomsbury Institute is hosting and evening dedicated to The Enduring Popularity of Gothic Fiction.

Almost 200 years after the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the popularity of Gothic stories shows no signs of slowing – but why has the genre endured for so long? From Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black to Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, readers return to stories of horror and fright again and again. Even better, Raven Books is proud to introduce us to an entirely new gothic novel with Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions this October.

Do terrifying stories give us comfort during troubled times; or is our craving for spooky tales symbolic of our belief that life is never tranquil for long? We aim to find out.

On Thursday, October 26th, Bloomsbury draws out four unique literary minds for a lively debate on the pull of Gothic tales for readers across the ages. We hope you’ll be free to join us.

Our panel:
- Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions
- Joanna Briscoe, author of Sleep with Me and Touched
- Jeremy Sheldon, screenwriter, lecturer and author of The Smiling Affair and The Comfort Zone

Chaired by The Guardian's Danuta Kean

Our evening begins with refreshments served from 6pm, followed by our panel in discussion and plenty of time for Q&A from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Bloomsbury Institute hosts unmissable literary events for book lovers, academics and readers everywhere at Bloomsbury's stunning Georgian premises. Featuring the most exciting voices and worldwide bestselling authors published by Bloomsbury in conversation with today’s top commentators, creatives and opinion-shapers, we create an unforgettable night out for bookish types in the heart of literary London. Past guests have included Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Elizabeth Gilbert, Meg Rosoff, Willy Russell, Carlos Acosta, Sheila Hancock and Khaled Hosseini and many more! See our upcoming events and join our guest list for event invites and special offers.


Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP

Thursday, October 26th
6.00pm: Doors open and complimentary refreshments
6.45pm: Panel in discussion, followed by audience Q&A
8:00pm: Ends

This event is hosted at Bloomsbury Publishing. Please read our Event Terms and Conditions carefully as by buying a ticket to this event, you confirm that you accept these terms and condition and that you agree to comply with them, alongside the Eventbrite terms and conditions.

Book tickets for the event – £10 - £16 via EventBrite here:

Join us for our own brand of Gothic storytelling on a London Walks Ghost tour this Halloween - no need to book! Extra tours and extra guides have been added so just show up at the tube station and off we go. Full schedule here:

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at


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