Featuring gothic horror and futuristic fantasy, scary kids tales, and books made from human flesh – on October 25th Books Showoff has a Halloween theme!
Joining guest host, comedian and podcaster Gregory Akerman in the basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (it’s a nice basement, with bright lights and booze, not a spooky one, promise) are:
Ben Dornan is going to talk about anthropodermic bibliopegy – the practice of binding books in human skin – and try to make it funny. He has, at best, middling knowledge of book binding, biology, medical ethics and comedy
Romany Reagan is a final-year PhD candidate, playwright, taphophile, and cemetery historian. She’ll present Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – proof that she is daily entrenching further into a caricature of herself
Scientist Oz Ismail recalls some surprisingly terrifying literature from his childhood
Amanda DiGioia – PhD student, werewolf expert, heavy metal fan, and author of Childbirth and Parenting in Horror Texts: The Marginalized and the Monstrous, Amanda explains the horrors of writing
Cerys Bradley is a PhD student, stand-up comedian and absolute wuss. Possibly the last person you would book to do a Halloween show
Quantum physicist and comedian Michael Conterio takes a break from his usual diet of spaceships and wizards, and discovers how horrifying modern fiction can be
Combining lessons from The Handbook for the Recently Deceased and the lesser known The Living and the Dead: Harmonious Lifestyles and Peaceful Co-existence, mortician Lara-Rose Iredale will step out of her dark room and reveal what the living won’t (or is that can’t?) usually see.