Ghost Stories will be subject of new Derby festival

A weekend celebration of one of the most beloved forms of fiction – the ghost story is being staged in Derby – reputedly one of the UK’s most haunted cities, at the end of the month. 

From the classics of Charles Dickens and MR James to modern favourites such as The Woman in Black, The Little Stranger and more, the ghost story has long fascinated audiences and the organiser of The UK Ghost Story Festival, Alex Davis, says he has always been a massive fan.

“Running something like this has always been on the ‘bucket list’ of ambitions for me. This also feels like the perfect time, because we’re seeing a growing interest in the field,” he said.

“I think you can put this down to the amount of exciting new writing talent emerging, as well as a fresh interest in supernatural tales on TV and film. 

“For this festival we’ve endeavoured to take in both the page and the screen and we hope there’ll be something for everyone whether you’re a reader, viewer or aspiring writer of ghost stories. 

“I’m incredibly happy with the line-up for our opening year, and can’t wait for the end of November to come around.”

There will be a host of readings, author interviews, talks, film screenings, workshops and much more, taking place from November 26 to December 1 in various venues in the city.

The authors signed up so far include Adam LG Nevill, pictured above, and Laura Purcell as well as Derbyshire’s own Sophie Draper.

Adam is one of the UK’s finest writers of supernatural and folk horror and burst onto the scene with the acclaimed ghost story Banquet for the Damned. Since then he has published further popular titles such as Apartment 16, The Ritual (produced as a film for Netflix), Last Days and No One Gets Out Alive. 

He is a three time winner of the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. He will be reading from his latest novel, The Reddening, as well as taking audience questions and signing copies of his books after the session.

Laura is another of the most exciting new names in the ghost story field for many years. Her 2017 novel The Silent Companions was a huge hit with audiences, winning the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2018. Her second novel, The Corset, also achieved widespread acclaim.

 She will be talking about her latest novel, Bone China, already drawing rave reviews and comparisons to the legendary Daphne Du Maurier.

For more details about the weekend’s events go to and click on events.