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Pakefield High School in Lowestoft is one of my absolute favourite places to visit – I have been there quite a few times now and it’s always so much fun working with the extremely creative and talented students! During my most recent trip the school ran a horror writing contest around the theme of the Furnace books – escaping from hell! The stories were AMAZING, and I had the impossible job of picking a winner. But the school and I wanted to show the world how brilliant and terrifying these stories were, so I’m putting them here for you guys to read! They are in no particular order, and all are guaranteed to keep you awake at night!!

Click on each author’s name to read their story, it will pop up in a new window!

Amber Thomas

Ben Sherlock

Melissa Hazell

Flyn Middlemass (and Page Two)

Lauren Grace Cowlbeck (and Page Two)

Maisie Wright (and Page Two)

Tia Laing (and Page Two)

Kai Gillings (and Page Two / Three)

Congratulations to all the winners, I am so impressed!! If you are writing this well now then none of you will have any trouble becoming bestselling authors in the future. I’m looking forward to reading your books when they’re published!!

And thanks again to Pakefield for being awesome!


The Swindon Youth Festival of Literature (Episode 3)!

I’m just back from a fantastic week of events in Swindon – again! It is my third year in a row at the awesome Swindon Youth Festival of Literature. It’s an amazing week of events organised by high school librarians across the city, and is seriously one of the best festivals of its kind in the world. Thanks to the festival countless authors – including Darren Shan, Derek Landy, Charlie Higson, Patrick Ness (and ME, of course) – have visited Swindon schools, bringing the excitement of books and reading and writing to thousands of students. It is always a HUGE pleasure to be a part of this festival, and 2013 was no different!

This year I visited three schools over three days: Nova Hreod (no, I couldn’t pronounce it either…) on Tuesday, Commonweal School (no, there isn’t supposed to be a ‘th’ at the end of Commonweal, I checked) on Wednesday, and Isambard on Thursday. All were seriously awesome events. It’s amazing to see how psyched the students are about books – so many love reading, and are already writing their own stories. It goes to show how a festival like this one can change the lives of so many people in a community. It really has made Swindon a city of book lovers.

I also had the pleasure of a night on the town (well, dinner, but it was night time and we were in town, so it still counts) with Fiona and Ali, two of the amazing librarians in charge of the festival, plus fellow authors Ali Sparkes, the Two Steves and poet Ash Dickinson. All in all, an awesome week! Thanks again, guys, for letting me take part, and hopefully see you all next year!!


One of my favourite photos of the week, mainly because of the expression on the face of the guy to the left! That must be one awesome story he is writing!

My Halloween Tour!!!!!!

Halloween is almost upon us!!!!!! (Well, okay, it’s like a month away, but still…) And to celebrate, I’m doing a tour of the US and the UK. Here are the dates – the US ones aren’t confirmed, yet, and I’ll update them as and when. But if I’m coming to your school, or to a bookstore or festival near you, then stop by and say hi!! I’m happy to sign anything that you bring with you (including books, clothing, family pets, foreheads…)!


29th September

Horror Writing Workshop at Bath Festival!

5th October

Horror Writing Workshop at Cheltenham Festival!

8th October

Lingfield Notre Dame School, Surrey!

9th October

Neatherd High School, Dereham!

10th October

Long Stratton High School!

11th October

Pakefield High School, Lowestoft!

14th October

Talks and Workshops in West Bridgford Library, Nottingham!

23rd October

City Academy, Norwich!

25th October

Taverham High School!

12th-14th November

Swindon Youth Festival of Literature!

16th November

Writing for Children Workshop (for adults!) at the Writers’ Centre Norwich!

19th November

Bank Street Books, New York

20th November

Chicago School Events

21st November

Cincinnati School Events / Joseph-Beth Bookstore Event, Lexington

22nd November

NCTE Convention, Boston!


And I think that’s it for now! Like I say, as soon as I get some more info I will pass it on. Really looking forward to seeing some of you guys soon!!!