Granite Noir: Horror with Haunt Publishing
Scotland has a great tradition of spooky and spellbinding stories. Haunt Publishing has been working to bring these stories back to life and introduce us to new horror from across the nation and beyond.
Chair Rebecca Wojturska will lead this thrilling conversation alongside authors who’ve released their gothic, horror, or noir fiction under the banner of Haunt – come along, and be prepared to be scared!
This event will also feature Brenda Conn reading The Garden of Lost Souls as part of our Locals in the Limelight scheme.
What is Haunt?
Haunt Publishing was founded in 2018 and is an independent publisher of Gothic, horror and dark fiction in all formats. Dedicated to exploring both traditional and contemporary Gothic and horror literature, Haunt holds a flickering candle to global and underrepresented voices.
We publish books with the curse of unputdownability, that keep a reader up all night. Books that provoke unease, terror and dread. Basically, we publish books that haunt readers long after consuming them.
Where is Haunt?
Who is Haunt?
Haunt is led by Rebecca Wojturska, who loves all things Gothic. With three dissertations in Gothic literature and almost a decade’s experience in publishing, she has finally combined her two loves.
About the Speakers
Rebecca Wojturska is the Managing Director at Haunt Publishing, an indie press specialising in Gothic, horror and dark fiction. She is also the Open Access Publishing Officer at the University of Edinburgh, where she manages Edinburgh Diamond, a library service championing Open Access books and journals. In her spare time she loves nothing more than reading Gothic literature, watching horror films while trying to convince herself she is the final girl (she’s not), and crushing her enemies at board games.
Fiona Barnett lives in Edinburgh, but grew up by the New Forest with stories of Roundheads and Cavaliers, and ancient secrets in the heart of the woods. She has podcasted on the British Civil Wars. Her short fiction has appeared in Haunted Voices: An Anthology of Scottish Gothic Storytelling and her first novel, The Dark Between The Trees, was published by Solaris Books in 2022. She is currently working on her second book.
D.A. Watson is the author of four novels and the fiction and poetry collection Tales of the What the Fuck.
His stories, verse and articles have appeared in several anthologies and collections and have won gongs and acclaim from Greenock to Dunedin, including nominations for a Pushcart Prize in the US and the UK People’s Book Prize. An occasional poetry performer, he appeared on the main stage of the Burnsfest Festival in 2018 as the warm up act for the one and only Chesney Hawkes, a personal milestone and career highlight.
He lives with his family on the west coast of Scotland, and is still telling tall tales.
Katalina Watt is published in magazines and anthologies including Haunted Voices, Unspeakable, Reclamation, and Extra Teeth. They were Longlisted for Penguin Write Now 2020, awarded a 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant, and 2022 Ignyte award-winning founding Audio Director for khōréō magazine. She is represented by Robbie Guillory at Underline Literary.
Brenda writes short stories and poetry in English and Doric, mainly for pleasure and occasionally for publication. She is an active member of a local writing group, Lemon Tree Writers, and has featured in their anthologies as well as local literary magazine, Pushing Out the Boat.
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