Meet “The Night Visitors” with Jenn Ashworth & Richard V Hirst at Waterstones LiverpoolSarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Authors and long-time collaborators Jenn Ashworth and Richard V Hirst read from their new book The Night Visitors, out at the end of the month on new Liverpool-based indie publishers Dead Ink. Written as a folie à deux, this novella is the result of a recent collaborative project, and was created entirely via an exchange of emails between the two writers.
The novella traces the ways in which technology can hold and transmit our worst secrets and unspoken fears, and what happens when uneasy collaborations start to unravel. Orla Nelson used to be a famous writer and now she’s seeking a comeback. Alice Wells wants to make something of herself before it’s too late. In The Night Visitors these two women, connected by blood and ambition, investigate their ancestor Hattie Soak, a silent film star who fled the scene of a gruesome unsolved crime.
The pair are also known for their contribution to the Curious Tales collective, who produce spooky stories to help you through Hallowe’en, and this latest tome delves into similar themes. With The Night Visitors exploring ghosts, obsession and inherited evil, it’s apt that the host of this special event is horror writer Ramsey Campbell. Prepare to end up hiding behind your stacking chair…