‘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 …

Haunted: Ghost ReadingsSome years ago I was invited to submit a horror story for an anthology. The brief was that it must include some aspect of contemporary technology. I said doubtfully to my husband, ‘I’m not sure this is my thing.’ His reply was bracing: ‘You’re a writer, aren’t you? So write something!’  And I did. The story, ‘Safe as Houses,’ was duly published in Phobic: Modern Horror Stories, by Comma Press. It begins with a woman hearing a baby crying over a baby monitor. But there’s no baby in the house. . .  I scared myself writing it! That’s part of the fun.

A few months ago I was contacted by an actor, Stephen Tomlin, to ask if  ‘Safe as Houses’ could be one of three ghost stories to be included in a series of Halloween readings that he was planning for the north of England. I was delighted to agree and I’ll be attending one of the performances at that Newcastle institution, the Lit and Phil on 1 November. I am looking forward to hearing something that I have written performed by a professional actor – a first for me.

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  1. Margot Kinberg
    October 4, 2019

    I’m very happy for you, Christine! A well-deserved congratulations, and I know it’s going to be a fabulous event. Wish I could be there.

  2. Susan D
    October 8, 2019

    Gosh, just reading the premise is scaring me.

    Well done.

    • Christine Poulson
      October 8, 2019

      This actually happened to a friend of mine one night when he was working in a care home and some of the patients had monitors in their rooms. Of course it turned out that the monitor was picking up signals from a nearby house. But when he told me about it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck.


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