Praise for Twisted Tales Events

'In the past few years Twisted Tales has become a major force in the promotion and appreciation of horror fiction. As well as putting on author readings and signings at bookshops it has expanded into organising larger events, bringing authors and critics together for discussions of the field. I've been involved in quite a few of both and have found them hugely enjoyable and stimulating - I believe the audiences did as well. May Twisted Tales continue to grow and prosper! If you love the field, support them! I do.' - Ramsey Campbell

‘Twisted Tales consistently produce well-organised events for writers and readers of horror. What really distinguishes Twisted Tales for me is the intelligent themes and investigations they pursue, and the high quality of the discussions they always stimulate. As an author I've been invited to three of their events and have been pleasantly startled, to near shocked, by the attendance levels - two out of three were even sold out. I salute anyone who contributes so much to the literary and cultural life of horror fiction.’- Adam Nevill

'Twisted Tales events are wonderful... a great way of promoting 21st century horror fiction. Supported by Waterstone's Liverpool One and really well organised, Twisted Tales brings together established names in the genre as well as new voices and of course readers. Looking forward to much more to come...' - Alison J. Littlewood

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Twisted Tales of the North

Andrew Michael Hurley in conversation with Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes (Chaired by Dr David McWilliam)

When: 6-8pm Friday 21st October 2016

Where: The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH

Tickets are FREE but you must register here.

Following the success of his first novel, The Loney, which won the Costa First Novel Award 2015 and has secured a film deal, Andrew Michael Hurley will take part in this popular annual event in conversation with Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes.

Andrew completed a Masters in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School in 2007.

Hurley’s debut novel captures the desolate surroundings of the Lancashire coastline in a story of 1970s remembrance. The narrator explores his lost teenage years during a Catholic pilgrimage. The story draws from the longstanding tradition of the Gothic. Hurley inflects his text with an unseen and inescapable horror that never truly manifests but lurks carefully beneath each sentence: 'terror exists in your imagination' he explains.

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has taught widely in the areas of Gothic studies, contemporary literature, film theory, critical theory, modernist literature, and has also co-convened or co-designed specialised units on the Gothic and on British culture and society 1800-2000. His areas of expertise are Gothic Studies, horror film and fiction, and contemporary literature.

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