I have never written a ghost story merely to evoke a shudder. I cannot see the point in simply making people afraid. I want to do more. I want the reader to ask questions, to ponder, to be intrigued and to create an atmosphere from which the story will emerge.
Susan Hill is one of Britain's most celebrated writers. The author of more than twenty-six novels, and many works of non-fiction, children's books, plays and short-stories, she is not only a prodigious literary talent, but also pleasingly prolific ; small wonder she was made CBE for services to literature.
Recently, her Simon Serrailler series of crime novels has brought her huge success in a new genre, but it's as a writer of ghost stories many of us know her best, not least because of the extraordinary success of The Woman In Black.
Having read many of her books over the years - my first was the chilling and moving first world war novella Strange Meeting - I'm a lifelong fan, and Susan Hill's Books That Built Me will be an enormous treat. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you there.
Tickets include a beautiful gift edition of Susan Hill's celebrated ghost stories, The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories, a glass of Bollinger, a six month subscription to Tatler, a bar of Prestat chocolate to nibble on the way home, and Susan is also giving every Books That Built Me guest at her event a gift of a beautiful notebook from her 'She is Too Fond Of Books' range of literary gifts (her gift range makes wonderful Christmas presents - have a look at more on her website - http://www.susanhill.org.uk/shop