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

Monday, 7 March 2011

"Little Terrors" in Kirkby Library: Special Event Report

Twisted Tales is all about promoting 21st Century Horror. The 21st Century has only just begun however and if the genre is going to grow and thrive we need to encourage and inspire the readers, and indeed the authors, of tomorrow. With this in mind we organised an event for a local school and got some authors in to read to them. This is hopefully the first of a series of Twisted Tales young-reader spin-offs under the provisional title "Little Terrors".

For this first event we put out a call and The Chainsaw Gang replied.

Two of their members volunteered to come to Liverpool and give readings (it was initially three but William Hussey was unfortunately unable to make it). With the help of Kirkby Library we were able to get two classes of kids from All Saints School and Jon Mayhew, author of Waterstone's Children's Book Prize nominee Mortlock, and Sarah Silverwood, author of the David Gemmell Award nominated dark urban fantasy adventure The Double-Edged Sword (aka Sarah Pinborough). We were especially happy to be able to hold the event in a public library as we are conscious that at this time these institutions are under terrible pressure from the cuts and Twisted Tales is proud to help to promote them as crucial cogs in the literacy machine.

The authors both gave fantastic performances, answering questions from the largely well behaved kids, as well as giving spirited readings of their works. It was a pleasure to work on an event that was quite different in tone and spirit to the normal Twisted Tales fare and if it inspires just one of those kids to read something new (even if it's not horror), or better yet to get writing, then it will have been worth every second and more.

Below are a few select images from the event:

Jon Mayhew fielding questions

Jon gets to grips with the text

Sarah Silverwood expresses herself

Sarah reading from The Double-Edged Sword

Jon and Sarah
Their books

Our most sincere thanks to everyone involved in this event and to the kids for getting so into it. We hope we can run many more such events in the future but in the meantime - watch this space!

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