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Twisted 50 volume 2 is your second sitting at the table of contemporary horror. Prepare for an forbidden feast of fifty courses… A slice of terror, grilled to perfection. Ripened dread, stewed in a sensual broth of dark delights. Followed by succulent wonder, wrapped in freshly garrotted fear. Fifty new dishes, from fifty master chefs of the contemporary unspeakable. Settle in and sharpen your knives… here come the Hors d’oeuvres!
Jane Badrock, Lee Betteridge, Ricardo Bravo, Richie Brown, Jessica Brown, Lee Burgess, Kendall Castor-Perry, Phil Chard, Dee Chilton, Simon Cluett, Jacky Dahlhaus, Karen Davison, Freya Eden-Ellis, Maryna Gaidar, TR Guest, Penegrin Shaw, Lucy V Hay, Rachael Howard, Fiona Hunnisett, Stephanie Hutton, Maggie Innes, James Jay, Chris Jeal, Fiona Leitch, Matt George Lovett, SV MacDonald, Dean Marriner, Ben Marshall, Scott Merrow, Robbie Mori, Tom Nolan, Andy Perry, Steve Pool, Emma Pullar, Lewis Rice, Ann Richardson, Leo Robertson, Paul Shearer, Gordon Slack, Juliet Sneed, Madeleine Swann, Melissa Szydlek, Bruce Thomas, Milethia Thomas, Phil Town, Hillier Townsend, Nick Twyford, Mark Walker, Eileen Wilson and Nick Yates.
Edited by Elinor Perry Smith
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the gala book launch in London. We will be platforming...
Sarah Pinborough // Horror writer
Sarah is an award-winning YA and adult thriller, fantasy and horror novelist and screenwriter. She has published more than 20 novels and has written for the BBC and is currently working with several television companies on original projects. Her recent novel, 13 Minutes, has been bought by Netflix with Josh Schwartz adapting.
Peter James // Thriller writer
Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now translated into 37 languages. He is also an accomplished film producer. And now a Judge on Twisted50 volume 2!
Katerina Benjamin // Crime writer
Katerina is a Sunday Times Best Selling Crime Thriller Author who currently lives in East Kent. Her books are The Teacher and The Secret, both published through Avon Books. Katerina loves stories and is currently working on her third novel which comes out in the spring.
Paul Finch // Author
Former cop and journalist, Paul has written for prime time British TV and authored a number of horror and crime novels. His latest horror/crime novel is ‘Dead Man Walking’. Paul is the winner of the British Fantasy Awards 2002 and 2007, and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award 2007
Danielle DeVor // Horror Novelist
Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors you Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. She spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino.
Julian Friedmann // Literary Agent
Julian represents book and script writers across a broad range of subjects and formats. He set up a literary agency in 1976, later merging with Carole Blake to establish Blake Friedmann who now rep over 200 authors via eight agents. Their offices are based in London.
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I was never one for a happy ending, I cried as a child when Jaws was killed, I was never on the side of the angels. Horror is all I ever wanted to write, but for years I felt I had to conform to what was getting published out there. Until the dark characters’ voices in my head simply needed an outlet.
I decided to give them free reign and one day I did a flash fiction one-day course at Brighton University, I thought with any chance I’ll find my horror voice…… That’s how ‘The Anniversary’ was born, initially as a 500 words flash fiction story, read to a silently stunned audience of peers, none of which wrote as dark as me. The tutor was encouraging but it didn’t matter, I had found my horror voice and it was never going to shut up again.
Twisted50 is all about the horror, so I suppose it’s fitting that the very idea of even submitting a story was scarier to me than all of the movies I’ve been watching this October.
The story I submitted to Twisted50 Vol. 2 is the first thing I’ve ever put out there for others to read, to judge, to leave feedback on. And I was a bit worried, I will admit.
So I did what writers before me have done and what writers of the future will do: I closed my eyes, cleared my mind, curled up in the fetal position and cried for an hour or two, took a deep breath, and got to work.
I guess that cooking and eating young children is not generally considered acceptable in a modern society. For law abiding, civil, tolerant and considerate people, such a practice should be abhorrent.
Yet with my Twisted50 brain algorithm running (does it ever stop?) such a prospect seemed ghoulishly pleasant and inviting; this led to my Twisted50 V2 story “The Monthly Meal” in which each month (now there’s a surprise!) a group of dedicated gastronomes meet up to prepare and savour the grisly main course.
Not to mention the dessert!
Congratulations to the fifty writers and their stories to be included in Twisted50 volume 2.
Drum roll please…
They are, and in no particular order…
Congratulations to the writers of the 182 stories that have made the shortlist for Twisted50 volume 2 (and possibly Twisted50 volume 3) (and NOT in any order too!!!!)
If you are on this list, please do shout about it on Social Media too. And here is the new teaser trailer for the book too.