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Halloween with Erin Morgenstern & Audrey Niffenegger

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by Steff Humm (subscribe)
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Halloween, the most bewitching and beguiling night of the year, is the perfect time to let the dark side of your imagination take over. Why not spend it with two of the most enchanting and hauntingly visual writers of today?

Erin Morgenstern and Audrey Niffenegger will be discussing their gothic and uncanny tales at the Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday 31st October, courtesy of Waterstones Piccadilly and Vintage Books. The event will be chaired by journalist and writer Viv Groskop and promises to be a thrilling night of chills, dreams and eerie mystery.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. www.waterstones.com

Erin Morgenstern, is an American author whose lush sensory prose is the stuff of dreams. Her debut novel The Night Circus is undoubtedly one of the best books I have read this year, filled with magic, wonder, and delicious intrigue that kept me turning the pages late into the night.

Set around the dawn of the 20th Century, The Night Circus is a story of love and magic that takes place in the beautiful setting of Le Cirque des Reves (The Circus of Dreams), a mysterious spectacle that appears without warning and is only open to the public after nightfall. Entirely black and white, the circus features astounding performances and exhibits that seem beyond reality, including an ice garden, a labyrinth and a wishing tree. Against this rich backdrop, Morgenstern places her two heroes, the fated lovers Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair, who are tied to each other by a deadly pact and a competition of their magical skill.

Morgenstern's writing is breathtaking and the atmosphere she creates lingers long after the book is closed and put back on the shelf. Check out my review of The Night Circus here.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. www.waterstones.com

Audrey Niffenegger, celebrated author of The Time Traveller's Wife, has an unrivalled skill for plot weaving, which she presents with a tone of poignant ache. Her Fearful Symmetry is a ghost story which focuses less on romance than her 2003 bestseller, and more on obsession. It follows the story of the late Elspeth Noblin, who discovers that death is very far from the end as she slowly teaches herself to haunt and affect the lives of her two American nieces, who have inherited her flat next to Highgate Cemetery where she is buried.

Both authors have met with huge success with their deeply imaginative works and strong understanding of character motivation and emotion. I'm sure they will provide a treasure trove of insight into the haunting beauty of their work this All Hallows Eve.

As an added bonus, if you get into the Halloween spirit and come dressed in something dark and bewitching to match the tone of the books, you could be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of ghost stories, which will be presented at the event.

Tickets are £8 from the Prince Charles Cinema's box office and the event kicks off at 7:00pm, so there will be plenty of time for trick or treating before and after.
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Why? A chilling evening of dark imaginings
When: 7:00pm
Phone: Waterstones Events Office: 0207 851 2419, Prince Charles Cinema Box Office: 0207 494 3654
Where: Prince Charles Cinema
Cost: £8
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