The Monstrous Feminine with Kirsty Logan and Laura Purcell

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Blackwell's is delighted to be hosting two queens of contemporary horror writing: Kirsty Logan and Laura Purcell. Kirsty and Laura will be discussing their new books Things We Say in the Dark and Bone China, and writing dark, female-centred narratives.

Things We Say in the Dark is a shocking collection of dark stories, ranging from ranging from chilling fairy tales to disturbing horror and tender ghost stories, by a talented writer British writer who has been compared to Angela Carter. These dark feminist tales explore women’s fears with electrifying honesty and invention and speak to one another about female bodies, domestic claustrophobia, desire and violence. The characters in this collection find their aspirations for happy homes, happy families and happy memories dissected and imbued with shimmering menace. Alone in a remote house in Iceland a woman is unnerved by her isolation; another can only find respite from the clinging ghost that follows her by submerging herself in an overgrown pool. Couples wrestle with a lack of connection to their children; a schoolgirl becomes obsessed with the female anatomical models in a museum; and a cheery account of child’s day out is undercut by chilling footnotes.

Bone China is is the new Daphne Du Maurier-esque chiller from the award-winning author of The Silent Companions. Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft’s family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm. Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitiousstaff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last...

About the Authors

Kirsty Logan is the author of the novels The Gracekeepers and The Gloaming, the short story collections A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, the flash fiction chapbook The Psychology of Animals Swallowed Alive, and the short memoir The Old Asylum in the Woods at the Edge of the Town Where I Grew Up. Her books have won the LAMBDA Literary Award, the Polari First Book Prize, the Saboteur Award, the Scott Prize and the Gavin Wallace Fellowship, and been selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club. Her short fiction and poetry has been recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog.

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller who lives in Colchester with her husband. Her first novel for Raven Books, The Silent Companions, won the 2018 WH Smith’s Thumping Good Read Award, was a Radio 2 Book Club pick, a Goldsboro Bookof the Month and was featured on ITV’s inaugural The Zoe Ball Book Club, while Laura’s gothic chiller The Corset was acclaimed as a ‘masterpiece’ by readers and reviewers alike.




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