Cover for The American Girl

I was so excited to see the final cover for THE AMERICAN GIRL. I love the mysterious image of a girl used in the design and the blurb for the book, “What she can’t remember, they’ll never forget.” The novel – due out with William Morrow (US) and HarperCollins (UK) July 2016 – is now up on the HarperCollins site. […]

Bride of Frankenstein Art Collaboration

I’ve recently had another chance to collaborate with artist Vineta Gailite. Vineta’s hand-made dolls, sculptures and shadow puppet theatre work, Imaginary Islands, are beautiful, eery and full of atmosphere. I love the way each of her pieces tells a story or draws on one. For our last project together, I commissioned Vineta to make some special puppets and in return I made her […]

Scottish First Book of the Year Award

I was so thrilled when my publisher at Barbican Press, Martin Goodman, called to tell me I’d been shortlisted for the Scottish First Book of the Year (Saltire) Award. I travelled to Hoy and wrote The Monster’s Wife out of my fascination with Shelley’s novel, with Orkney as place and because of my sense of the developing character of “the Bride”. It was […]

Launch event at The Atlantis Bookshop

Many thanks to everyone who came to the London launch event for The Monster’s Wife last Thursday at the marvellous Atlantis Bookshop in London! It was a lovely evening and I had so much fun seeing old friends and meeting new people too. In the end I even enjoyed the reading, having been a little bit nervous beforehand! Bali and Geraldine, the mother and […]

Interview with Female First

Extract from my interview with Lucy Moore at Female First: What made you want to re-envision Frankenstein? About three years ago, I went to see Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternating in the roles of doctor and creature. There’s a scene in the play where Victor Frankenstein is on Orkney. He stands in a dark room with a naked woman he […]

Reviews of The Monster’s Wife

I’ve read some lovely reviews of The Monster’s Wife so far. It’s really nice to know that reviewers have enjoyed the book. Much of what they’ve said has been really insightful and thought-provoking too. Here are some extracts and links to US and UK reviews on the web: Culturefly Review by Sue Sheard: “an excellent read for the long dark nights of winter. ★★★★★” “Oona […]

Advance Praise from K J Wignall

I’m honoured and touched to have received some fantastic advance praise for The Monster’s Wife from K J Wignall, an author whose work I’ve long admired:   This is a superb debut, an atmospheric and gripping mystery that picks up where the original Frankenstein left off.  But to call it a sequel would do it no justice, because this book is fresh and original, and […]

Advance Praise from Sara Maitland

I’ve just received some amazing advance praise for The Monster’s Wife from one of my favourite authors, Sara Maitland:   That Mary Shelley has a lot to answer for! This is an extraordinary novel, an honourable response (neither venerating nor sneering) to its progenitor, while being startlingly original. Kate Horsley has grounded and voiced her Frankenstein “sequel” in the Orkneys […]

Puppets and Portraits

I had a great day last Thursday making ambrotypes with artist Vineta Gailite. Vineta’s hand-made dolls, sculptures and recent shadow puppet theatre work, Imaginary Islands, are beautiful, eery and full of atmosphere. I love the way each of her pieces tells a story or draws on one. I’ve commissioned Vineta to make a special doll for the youngest member of our family, Violet (age 5), and what she’s […]

Wet Plate Portrait Event

John Brewer and I will be taking wet plate portraits for this all-day event on Saturday April 12th organised by Michele Selway in an empty shop on Chorlton High Road. All profits go to the final year students’ Contemporary Photography Final Degree Show at Stockport College in June. Wet Plate Collodion Fundraiser Saturday, 12th April 2014 at 10am – 5pm 486 Wilbraham […]