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Alex Bell

Tell us about your latest book

My latest book is called Charlotte Says and is a prequel to my earlier Red Eye book, Frozen Charlotte. It explores the origins of the evil dolls, and explains how they first came to arrive on the old school house on the Isle of Skye.

 

First memory of reading horror

I was about eight or nine and read a Sweet Valley Twins Chillers book. It was about a haunted locket and completely terrified me.

 

Which 3 horror books do you keep returning to?

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley

This House is Haunted by John Boyne.

 

For readers new to horror which 3 books would you recommend?

Thin Air by Michelle Paver

Florence and Giles by John Harding

The Shining by Stephen King

 

Greatest horror film (adapted from a book) & why?

I really like The Woman in Black adaptation. It was great seeing Eel Marsh House brought to life on the big screen, and I found the woman in black herself extremely sinister whenever she appeared. Plus the old toys and the rocking chair were terrifying.

 

Horror book that you’d like to see adapted to film & why?

I’d love to see Michelle Paver’s Thin Air adapted into a film. It’s an incredibly sinister and atmospheric ghost story, with Victorian explorers and snowy mountain isolation. I think it would be something a bit different from the usual horror film, and the mountaintop whiteout scenes would translate very well to the screen.

 

Best horror TV?

I loved how scary Supernatural was in the first season, but it became a lot tamer as the show went on.

 

Did you write in other genres or straight to horror?

I’ve previously written adult supernatural thrillers that had a dash of horror in them, but I also did some comic fantasy YA books before writing horror YA.

 

Do you think horror is ready for a renaissance?

I think there’ll always be a place for horror books. Who doesn’t love a good scare every now and then? But there are some particularly good horror writers around at the moment.

 

What scares you?

Clowns, black and white family photos, antique dolls.

 

Do you celebrate Halloween?

I love Halloween and am always keen to celebrate it if I can. It’s a good excuse to dress up and enjoy a bit of spooky fun. I was in New Orleans around Halloween one year and they seemed to decorate the whole city. There was even a table laid for a skeleton at one of the restaurants we had dinner in.

 

How can readers find you?

Twitter

Website


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