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Halloween at Foyles: The Witching Hour and Horrorgami

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THE Witching Hour takes place on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm. Free.

It’s all treat and no trick this Halloween with Foyles’ Witching Hour panel event – a hand-picked cabal of writers specialising in the supernatural, the ghastly and the downright weird.

Come along in (optional) fancy dress to hear from esteemed speakers at this most terrifying time of year as they present their latest dabblings in the arcane, the otherworldly and the eminently readable.

Join author Neil Spring as he presents The Watchers, the hotly-anticipated follow-up to his breakout bestselling debut novel The Ghost Hunters. Set amidst inexplicable goings-on along the Pembrokeshire coastline and Cold War cover-ups from the Ministry of Defence, The Watchers is a gripping paranormal mystery that intertwines the imaginative and the suspenseful with true historical events.

Bestselling author Louise Welsh – The Cutting Room, A Lovely Way to Burn – has captivated readers across twenty languages with her taut, immersive novels and short stories. Having also written for theatre, opera and radio, Welsh will discuss her latest work as editor of Ghost: 100 Stories to Read With the Lights On, a hand-picked collection of spirited shorts from publisher Head of Zeus.

Andrew Michael Hurley has been touted as one to watch with the publication of The Loney, a creeping horror of faith, ritual, landscape and the uncanny. Straddling the Gothic, the generic and the literary, Hurley’s debut novel follows a ragtag group on a journey along a desolate coast to a shrine, in search of a cure for mutism.

Praised for its atmosphere and prose, The Loney has already been heralded as a modern classic and received rave reviews from fellow authors including Kelly Link, Steven King and Jeff VanderMeer.

On the non-fiction front, Foyles welcomes Carolyne Larrington, author of The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles. Teaching Fellow at St. John’s College, University of Oxford, Dr Larrington weaves a captivating path through our landscape and lore, taking readers to a Britain beneath the familiar, populated by a myriad of imaginary beings and ghostly goings-on, drawing in its wake a cultural history of the liminal and the Other.

And last but by no means least, crime fiction author Stav Sherez – Eleven Days, The Devil’s Playground – will be reading from the late William Gay’s ‘lost’ novel Little Sister Death, a Southern Gothic chiller based on the Tennessee ‘Bell Witch’ legend. An author alternately compared to Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King, Gay’s writing is celebrated for the pitch of its darkness and its quality of prose by luminaries such as George Pelecanos, John Connelly and James Franco (who is currently adapting Gay’s epic The Long Home for the screen).

Chaired by journalist and author Sam Leith, this is an evening to embrace the macabre and introduce readers to some of the best, most spine-tingling writing around today.

Plus, a £100 Foyles Gift Card will be given to the ghoulishly best-dressed audience member on the night!

Horrorgami: Paper Dandy’s Gruesome Kirigami takes place on Thursday, October 29 from 7pm to 8pm. Tickets: £5.

This Halloween join Marc Hagan-Guirey – aka Paper Dandy – for an evening of petrifying papercraft as he presents his new book Horrorgami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold.

Working in the Japanese art of kirigami, Paper Dandy’s elaborate papercuts have inspired delight in a legion of fans. From architectural structures to scenes from Star Wars, his work reconfigures the boundaries of what can be done with a sheet of paper and a scalpel, playing with space and silhouette to create pieces for private and public commissions, art exhibitions – and now a book.

Published by Laurence King, Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami is adapted from Marc’s 2012 exhibition of the same name, in which he showcased thirteen sculptures inspired by classic horror movies and books. From a haunted house to Dracula’s castle and A Nightmare on Elm Street to Edgar Allan Poe, Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami takes you step-by-step through twenty increasingly advanced builds – with free cut-out guides for every scene.

The artist – who left his job as Head of Design for a Soho ad agency in order to embark on the Horrorgami project – talks through the papercutting process, his love of horror, and how he married the two to create his own brand of gruesome kirigami.

Marc will also be signing copies of Horrorgami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold.

Both events take place at The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road.

For more information visit www.foyles.co.uk/events.