Have you ever dreamed of picking the brain of a master in the craft of writing? Now is your chance!
In the dead of winter, the book community is very much alive. Just after the holidays have finished, it can seem that there’s not much to look forward to besides freezing wind and cold nights… but that’s not true! Even when everything seems quite still, there are voices in the snow; Bookstr’s “For the Love Of Horror” event to be exact.
This literary amalgamation of fun, games, and author wisdom will allow dialogue for book lovers on an otherwise barren winter night. Engage in a conversation with Darcy Coates herself, the bestselling atmospheric horror author, where she will share her story, writing tips, and her personal bookshelf. There’s no need to curl up in your blanket for a long dark night of the season when there’s a community of readers, and writers, that are sparking up some writer and readerly fun!
ABOUT DARCY COATES
Darcy Coates is a USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen horror and suspense novels, including Hunted, The Haunting of Ashburn House, Craven Manor, The Carrow Haunt, and more. Inspired by masters of their craft, Stephen King and Shirley Jackson, Coates imbues her novels with the same fearful themes of haunted houses, inhuman entities, and the abject that she admires in their work. She blends classic horror with gothic and historical fiction to create truly original novels of terror. Coates lives on the Central Coast of Australia with three beloved felines, and she loves ambling through lush forests and mountain ranges.
Connect with Fellow Bookworms
Meet the best bookish people and connect in a fun and unique way. We can’t meander the bookstore aisles anymore, making friends with the others looking for Fitzgerald. To meet new people and flex those social muscles, join a community of readers, writers, and win not only a prize but a friend, too!
Learn from the best selling author
Darcy Coates has published over twenty novels – romance and thrillers alike. Recently, her sixteen books were published together by Sourcebooks due to popular demand for her books in the US. Learn the art of crafting best-selling books by a pro in this event.
Have Fun with Free Books
As if meeting BBFFs (bookish best friends forever) wasn’t enough, we have some awesome free books that will be delivered right to your doorstep!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
1) Darcy Coates will speak about her writing career and her journey in becoming an author
2) She will share how she develops the characters of her novels and a bit of her planning process
3) She will also share her personal bookshelf, highlighting favorite books and authors who inspire her
4) Darcy will talk about how she creates horror stories, after which you will participate in an exercise to flex those writing muscles
5) An exclusive Q&A session with Darcy Coates herself
6) Gain some writing tips and learn about Darcy’s latest novels
7) Win prizes!
WHAT YOU CAN WIN
At the end of the event, we will select 15 lucky winners to receive 3 books each that will be delivered right to their doorstep – anywhere in the world.
About the books:
Clare remembers the cold. She remembers abandoned cars and children’s toys littered across the road. She remembers dark shapes in the snow and a terror she can’t explain. And then… nothing. When she wakes, aching and afraid in a stranger’s gothic home, he tells her she was in an accident, a crash in the snow. He claims he saved her. Clare wants to leave, but a vicious snowstorm has blanketed the world in white, trapping them together, and there’s nothing she can do but wait.
At least the stranger seems kind… but Clare doesn’t know if she can trust him. He promised they were alone here, but she sees and hears things that convince her something else is creeping about the surrounding woods, watching. Waiting. Between the claustrophobic storm and the inescapable sense of being hunted, Clare is on edge… and increasingly certain of one thing:
Her car crash wasn’t an accident. Something is waiting for her to step outside the fragile safety of the house… something monstrous, something unfeeling.
Something desperately hungry.
Sophie and Joseph Argenton have survived the impossible this house of ghosts… for now. But their escape from Northwood is short-lived. The sinister shadow that haunted their ancestral home survived, and has attached itself to Joseph’s young cousin. Desperate, they travel to meet her father at Kensington, a long-abandoned mansion overlooking a dead town. The house offers a small hope: its original owner had dedicated her life to researching the monster that now possesses Elise. There’s a chance that here they will find a way to kill the creature without harming the girl.
But Kensington has its own dangers, and once it has Sophie and Joseph within its grasp, it may never let them leave.
Trapped inside the ancient building’s collapsing walls, Sophie and Joseph are forced to confront the horrors that hide within. Shrouded figures stalk them from the shadows. Whispers echo through the night. Unmarked graves dot the property. And the dead are not as restful as they seem…
Elle is thrilled to spend a month minding the beautiful Gillespie property. Over an hour’s drive from the nearest town, the aging mansion is ideal for someone seeking solitude. But as she explores her new home, Elle makes a startling discovery: there’s a graveyard nestled deep in the woods, containing a generation of the house’s residents…all who died the same year.
Then things start to go very wrong, very quickly.
There are skittering noises inside the walls…slamming doors…whispers in the night…a locked room…and a horrifying mystery that wants to be solved. As she investigates further, Elle begins to unravel the property’s dark and dangerous history. At its center is Jonathan Gillespie, a tyrannical cult leader and the house’s original owner. And as Elle soon learns…just because he’s dead, doesn’t mean he’s gone.
*The titles are subject to change based on availability.
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