AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS BY
Either Ramsey Campbell or Stephen King.
BEST SEQUEL EVER
2010: Odyssey Two (Arthur C Clarke). Not sure if it’s a sequel or part 2 in a series, but hey.
Mother of Eden (Chris Beckett) and Broken Monsters (Lauren Beukes). I rarely read one book at a time.
DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING
Nothing, really, since I mostly read in bed!
E-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK
FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU WOULD HAVE DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL
I’m changing this to “fictional character you would have fallen for as a teenager”, which doesn’t make the question that much easier. Wow, I really don’t know. Hannibal Lecter?
GLAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE
The Hunger Games. I wasn’t really interested in anything YA until Mark Morris recommended the series.
HIDDEN GEM BOOK
Dark Matter (Michele Paver). One of those lucky finds that became an instant favourite.
IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE
I can’t remember what the first “grownup” novel was that I read all the way through, but it might have been Jaws (Peter Benchley). My parents never put any restrictions on what I could read, although I did rather regret certain choices at a too-young age, like The Exorcist. I’d already seen the film (on network TV, censored but no less terrifying to a 10-year-old) but nothing could have prepared me for the spider-walk scene. Nightmares and sleepless nights notwithstanding, I still wanted more horror and my mom’s Stephen King books were next.
The Booking (Ramsey Campbell)
KIND OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ
There’s actually quite a lot I wouldn’t read, but I definitely wouldn’t go near any chick lit or misery memoirs.
LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ
No idea. Maybe The Mists of Avalon?
MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER
The Handmaid’s Tale. I read a lot of horror by authors who really know how to scare me, but nothing has ever disturbed me in quite the same way this book did. Especially against the backdrop of American politics today. **shudder**
NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN
13 (And that’s just for books - add another 6 for movies!)
ONE BOOK YOU’VE READ MULTIPLE TIMES
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
PREFERRED PLACE TO READ
Floating on a raft in the pool in some lush tropical resort. Barring that, in bed!
QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU FROM A BOOK YOU’VE READ
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
That it took me so long to read so many SF classics.
SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH
Dune (the original Frank Herbert 6 - only got the last one to go) and Foundation (I read the first one and half of the second but just couldn’t engage with it).
THREE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS
1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
2. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C Clarke)
UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR
VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS RELEASE
Ramsey Campbell’s next one - The Searching Dead. I read the first 100 pages of it in draft form and can’t wait to read the rest!
WORST BOOKISH HABIT
Buying more than I will ever be able to read in my lifetime!
X MARKS THE SPOT: START ON THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR SHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK
The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester)
YOUR LATEST PURCHASE
Nameless (Grant Morrison)
ZZZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (LAST BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY TOO LATE)
West of Eden (Harry Harrison)