With a chill in the air and rain on the pavement comes all things grim and gruesome, as we ring in the spooky season. Light a fire, pour yourself something hot and spicy to drink and finally curl up with that huge tome you've been meaning to read all year. Alternatively, wrap up warm and get out and about with some authors of dark, spine-tingling novels...
Hallowe'en Eve with Ruth Ware and Laura Purcell | 30th October, 6:30pm, Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge
Join two masters of bone-chilling fiction as they discuss their latest novels. In both books, young women take up new household positions and discover some dark secrets via some incredibly eerie events. Get ready for a truly twisty discussion!
Starve Acre: A Journey in English Folk Horror with Andrew Michael Hurley | 31st October, 7:00pm, Foyles Charing Cross Road, London
Folk horror is having a bit of a surge at the moment and it seems that not many writers do it better than The Loney author, Andrew Michael Hurley. Talking about his inspirations within the genre and his latest unsettling novel Starve Acre, it's the perfect literary Halloween night out.
Things We Say in the Dark: An Evening with Kirsty Logan and guests | 1st October, 6:30pm, Rose Street Theatre, Edinburgh
Kick off October with an evening of upcoming writers introducing their queer horror stories and grab a copy of Kirsty Logan's latest collection of dark feminist fairytales. Things We Say in the Dark has already been compared to the work of Angela Carter, so it's definitely a must-add to your spooky season to-be-read pile.
Top Marks For Murder with Robin Stevens | 6th October, 2:00pm, Guildhall, Bath
The brilliant Robin Stevens will be teaching us how to create the perfect crime story and the inspirations behind her much-loved detective duo Wells & Wong. You can even have a go at writing your own mystery!
Sophie Anderson Signing | 22nd October, 12pm, Waterstones Carlisle
Returning to Russian folklore for her second novel, Sophie Anderson brings us The Girl Who Speaks Bear. This strange magical tale is the perfect middle grade autumn read, so come and meet Sophie and get a copy signed!
Thriller vs Horror | 31st October, 7:00pm, Foyles Cabot Circus, Bristol
Do you prefer the cold atmosphere of a good supernatural horror or the pulse-racing suspense of a thriller? Which is more scary? YA authors Gabriel Dylan and Tracy Darnton debate both sides at this special Storytale Festival event.