‘One of those rare gems that comes to the reviewer out of the blue . . . enough twists to shame a cobra . . . the story fairly rips along, defying the reader to put the book down . . . Christine Poulson should be heralded as the fine entrant to the world of crime fiction she most certainly is.’ [Stage Fright]


Be afraid …

Posted on Sep 28, 2022 in Teeth and Hair, The Canterville Ghost | 6 Comments

Writing is a solitary occupation and like many writers I welcome a reason to get out of the house, whether it is to a CWA conference, Crimefest, or a book launch. I am especially thrilled to be heading to Newcastle at the end of October to the wonderful Lit and Phil, to listen to one of my stories being read by a professional actor as part of The Border Readers live readings of ghost stories.

‘Teeth and Hair’ was published a couple of years ago in The New Abject: Tales of Modern Unease (Comma Press, 2022). I love a good ghost story, and it was a lot of fun writing this one. Young live-in nanny, Nell, is looking after eleven year old Polly over a long hot summer. Polly’s mother died the year before, but has she really gone …? .

The other stories on the bill are ‘The Canterville Ghost’ by Oscar Wilde and – a favourite of mine – ‘The Demon Lover’ by Elizabeth Bowen, so I am in illustrious company.

If you live in the north east and you fancy a fright and a good evening out, here is where you can find The Border Readers and how to buy a ticket for one of their performances.


  1. Margot Kinberg
    September 28, 2022

    Oh, sounds lovely! I hope it all goes brilliantly. I only wish I could be there.

  2. Richard
    September 29, 2022

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I hope there are shivers-a-plenty down many spines.

  3. Moira@Clothes in Books
    October 4, 2022

    This sounds great, and what a fabulous idea for an event. Hope it goes well and the audiences aren’t too spooked!

    • Christine Poulson
      October 4, 2022

      Really looking forward to it, Moira! The Lit and Phil is a marvellously atmospheric venue, too.


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