Happy Birthdays!

In this series of blog posts, we will be celebrating the lives of some of our best-loved authors by checking out their wonderful works of literature.

♦3rd October-9th October♦

Anne Rice

4th October 1941-

Interview with the Vampire, the first instalment of Anne Rice’s highly influential Vampire Chronicles series, is available at NORFOLK HOUSE 823.91 RIC

Blackwood Farm features her trademark vampire Lestat alongside a cast of witches, ghosts and demons- find it in the BOOK ZONE 823.91 RIC

Clive Barker

5th October 1952-

GLAAD award-winning ‘Splatterpunk’ Clive Barker is the author of the Book of Blood, six volumes of short stories that spawned classic horror films like Candyman, Hellraiser and The Midnight Meat Train. In 2013 BOOM! Studios (Adventure Time, Lumberjanes, Over the Garden Wall) commissioned a series of comic books based on his Hellraiser series that featured author Neil Gaiman (Coraline). artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and director Lana Wachowski (Cloud Atlas) See some of the (mildly creepy!) artwork here.

Sherman Alexie 

7th October 1966-

The only author on this list who doesn’t write horror stories! Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is regularly challenged and removed from schools. Find it for yourself in QUICK READS 823.91 SHE

RL Stine

8th October 1943-

RL Stine is the brain behind Goosebumps, a series of scary stories for children that were something of a craze back in the ’90’s. Books like Say Cheese and DieIt Came from Beneath the Sink! and Say Cheese and Die- Again! were lent and swapped, a bit like Pokemon cards. The Goosebumps TV series is available to stream on Netflix- hopefully the 2016 movie, starring Jack Black (School of Rock) as the author himself, will be available in time for Halloween!


Look out for one of those pink blobs beneath your sink…this birthday cake is inspired by RL Stine

Check back every week to find out more about the famous novelists, poets, playwrights and illustrators you can find here in the Information Store.


Little Cherry (2016) Cakes Decor Available at: (Accessed: 16/09/2016)


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