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Lowestoft to be a horrifying place this weekend

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 November 2012 | UPDATED: 12:55 02 November 2012

Emma Bunn and Jo Wilde are organising a Horror convention in Lowestoft.

Emma Bunn and Jo Wilde are organising a Horror convention in Lowestoft.

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Horror fans in Lowestoft are in for a terrifying treat today and tomorrow as the town hosts a literary festival celebrating all things spooky and macabre.

Autumn: Horror in the East will see a dozen top and up and coming authors head to the town to take part in book signings, readings and talks.

As well as the die-hard fans who will be turning up to meet their favourite writers, it is hoped the event will also encourage other people to start reading horror fiction.

The convention starts tonight at 7.30pm at the Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre with local historian Ivan Bunn giving a talk on ‘haunted Lowestoft’ with some the authors going along too to meet their fans.

Tomorrow the convention’s showcase at the Aspire Centre at Denes High School in Yarmouth Road will see the authors Adam Baker, Henry Baker, Simon Coleby, Joseph D’Lacey, Joseph Freeman, Andrew Hook, Paul S Huggins, Iain McKinnon, Adam Millard, David Moody, Sean T Page and Conrad Williams taking part in book signings, readings and a question and answer session.

The authors will also be discussing how they seek to scare readers, how to develop story ideas and how to get books published.

Fans will also be able to purchase the first copies of Mr D’Lacey’s latest book Splinters, a collection of 12 of his best short stories, which he is launching at festival.

Mr D’Lacey, 43 and best know for his novel Meat, said he was looking forward to travelling from his home in Northamptonshire for tonight’s talk and tomorrow’s main event.

He said: “Anything that makes people want to read the horror genre is a wonderful idea. This is a bit different to other horror conventions is that there are no films being shown. In fact, it is just like a literary festival.”

Mr Mckinnon, author of Remains of the Dead, was due to travel down from Edinburgh for the convention and was looking forward to meeting fans and his fellow authors.

He said: “It is a really good opportunity to network and meet people who like horror.”

Autumn: Horror in the East has been set up by Jo Wilde, manager of the town’s Waterstones bookshop, and Emma Bunn, 39, from Lowestoft, after a successful launch event for Mr Moody’s book Them or Us – the third instalment in the Hater trilogy – at Lowestoft library last year.

Miss Bunn said the convention was being publicised on horror websites, such as This is Horror and Scream, and via Twitter, and she was getting regular emails from people interested in attending.

She added: “I hope this puts Lowestoft on the horror map. If it goes well we could do another one.”

● There are only 40 places available for tonight’s launch event at the Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre in Rant Score. Places cost £3. To book in advance, visit www.horrorintheeast.com

Tomorrow’s event at the Aspire Centre runs from 10am to 4pm. As well as the authors, professional horror make up artist Jenny Jackson will be showing off her skills.

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