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Horror Writers And Waterstones To Explore The Haunting Of Hill House In Series Of Talks

LITERARY, stage and television personalities will be taking part in a series of talks about Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Jeremy Dyson will join Liverpool horror writer Ramsey Campbell for an event at the Playhouse Studio at 6pm on Tuesday 5 January. Actress Chipo Chung will be part of a Lunchtime Classic at Waterstones at 1pm on Wednesday 16 December.

Horror writing legends Jeremy and Ramsey will be at the Playhouse for a specially created event on Tuesday 5 January before that evening’s performance of The Haunting of Hill House. They will be talking about horror writing, with a particular emphasis on ‘the power of the unseen’; Shirley Jackson, her influence and the power of suggestive terror.

Jeremy Dyson Photo: Alastair Muir
Jeremy Dyson Photo: Alastair Muir

As well as writing The League of Gentleman Jeremy Dyson co-created the BAFTA nominated television series Funland. Jeremy has written several books including Bright Darkness: Lost Art of the Supernatural Horror Film and The Haunted Book which chronicles true life ghost stories from around the UK. He has also written two collections of short stories entitled Never Trust a Rabbit and The Cranes That Build The Cranes. In 2010 Dyson co-created Ghost Stories at the Playhouse which went on to West End success and returned in 2011 with Twisted Tales.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest living horror writers, Ramsey Campbell has won multiple British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards and several Bram Stokers and International Horror Guild Awards. He is the author of such classic works of horror and dark fantasy as Obsession, The Face Must Die, The Nameless, Incarnate and The Influence, and more recently The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight and The Grin of the Dark. V for Vendetta author Alan Moore described Campbell as “Britain’s greatest living horror writer”, while Stephen King suggests that “good horror writers are quite rare and Campbell is better than just good”.

Ramsey Campbell said: “Shirley Jackson’s brand of quiet insidious terror is unique and inimitable, and The Haunting of Hill House is her ghostly masterpiece, which unites the uncanny and the psychological in a highly personal tale.”

Waterstones will be supporting the event with Jeremy and Ramsey, selling their books along with selected titles by Shirley Jackson. The event starts at 6pm at the Playhouse Studio and is just £5.

The link between the Playhouse and the book shop will continue with a Lunchtime Classic at 1pm on Wednesday 16 December at the Liverpool One store. Actress Chipo Chung who plays Theodora in The Haunting of Hill House production at the Playhouse will talk about her experiences of the stage version of the story, preparing for her role and the insights she has learnt about Jackson from being in the play.

Chipo will be joined by Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, a Reader in English Literature at Edge Hill University, who will be talking about Jackson’s original novel of The Haunting of Hill House, the tradition of the gothic and ghost stories at Christmas. Waterstones Lunchtime Classic is a regular free event at Waterstones, Liverpool One.

Waterstones Lunchtime Classic with Chipo Chung and Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards
Wednesday 16 December at 1pm At Waterstones Liverpool One Tickets: Free

Jeremy Dyson and Ramsey Campbell
Tuesday 5 January at 6pm At Playhouse Studio Tickets: £5

0151 709 4776

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and HAMMER present


By Anthony Neilson

Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson

Directed by Melly Still

Dates:                                                   7 December 2015 to 16 January 2016
Venue:                                                 Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool, L1 1EL
Tickets:                                                 £14 – £25*
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