The Whitby Bookshop will be hosting five author events this Goth Weekend.
On Friday 2 November, from 2pm to 4pm, Susan Jane Tomlinson, a Whitby girl now living near Doncaster, will be signing copies of her book, Pulling at the Heart Strings.
Born in 1841 into a life of privileged wealth, Charlotte Adrianna Valandor’s perfect existence was to change beyond all recognition.
From the tender age of eight, she has been prone to regular bouts of intense despair and she eventually realises that these feelings will predict the deaths of people who are close to her.
Death seems to follow Charlotte throughout her young life; it seems to consume her very soul.
Over the years, battling with her emotions, she fights to find love. Then, on one fateful Palm Sunday, she encounters a charismatic vampire stranger. The attraction is overwhelming. Will she finally find the love that she so desperately needs?
Susan is also doing two signing sessions at her sister Carol Boocock’s shop on Church Street, Boo Tique, on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday 3 November 3, from 1pm to 3pm, Jane Lovering will be signing her new book, Vampire State of Mind (published by ChocLit).
Jane lives in North Yorkshire and is an award-winning author.
Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee.
To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York. When a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess, but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together.
But then Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world, which puts a very different slant on their relationship.
The stakes are high. They are also very pointy and Jess isn’t afraid to use them – even on the vampire she’s rather afraid she’s falling in love with.
Later that day, Paul Magrs will be reading from and signing his new Brenda and Effie book, Brenda and Effie Forever!
Paul has a huge fanbase, particularly for this series set in Whitby.
Brenda and Effie Forever! Is an outrageous Gothic adventure involving ancient vampires, miniature mermaids, the Phantom of the Opera and his hunchbacked boyfriend, a fiendish ghost who drives a limousine, Mr and Mrs Claus and all three Bronte sisters discovered alive and well in a secret base under the parsonage at Haworth with a sentient, stuffed Art Critic called Panda.
Brenda and Effie are living it up on the continent. Holidaying in Paris, they are menaced by a mysterious Peeping Tom with a limp and a hump, who warns them that they must never return home to Whitby again. Untold disaster will take over the world if they go anywhere near the North Yorkshire coast.
People can go along for drinks, readings and conversation between 7pm and 9pm.
On Sunday 4 November from noon to 1.30pm, local author Michelle D James will be signing her new book, Traditional Winter Ghost Stories.
Michelle is a member of Whitby Writers’ Group and this new collection is just what is called for when the nights draw in (and the fog descends). Published by Gray Friar Press, it’s “a haunting selection of creepy excursions set in the north east of England”.
From 2pm to 4pm, Rachael H Dixon will be signing her novel, Slippery Souls (“urban fantast…by the seaside”).
Libby has hit a bad patch in life, and just when she thinks things can’t get any worse she’s killed in a car accident alongside her dog Rufus.
During their transition to the afterlife’s Sunray Bay, Rufus somehow manages to absorb her soul – which, in turn gives him human-like qualities and renders her soulless. Accompanied by her now talking dog, Libby tries to unravel the mystery of her slippery soul, encountering many setbacks and dilemmas along the way.
She has no idea why a group of monster slayers, headed by an ex-convict, are hunting her down, and when she teams up with rogue Peace & Order Maintenance Officer, Grim, she’s shocked to discover that there’s a mob of disgruntled vampires and a very angry mayor hot on their heels too.
Libby has never felt so unpopular and begins to wonder whether it’s possible to die twice in one day.