There were between 15 and 18 people in the audience - a few of Allyson Bird's friends and neighbours, another group of people nobody knew, and some people from a local writer's forum where they'd seen Ally's advert. Oh, and a guy called Matt Fryer from the Shocklines forum even came along! (Lovely to meet you, Matt.)
Ally gave a short (and very good) introduction on the history of horror in literature, and then read a story called Hunter's Moon.
After a short break for drinks John Travis read a corker called Networking from All Hallows (his first time reading, and he was superb - the best of the night).
I went on last, after the pie and pea supper, and did A Stillness in the Air from How to Make Monsters. This was only my second public reading, and the fear is slowly beginning to recede.
The stories were very well received from people mostly unfamilar with the genre. We shattered a few preconceptions regarding what horror and ghost stories are all about. I even sold a few books!
Sticking to tradition, we went for a lovely curry afterwards.
All in all, it was a very good evening; a success, I'd say. I have to take my hat off to Ally for organising the event .