Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell


Born 1946 in Liverpool. Full-time writer since 1973. “I write horror.” He has also written criticism of films and literature.


Horror and Short Stories

Publications & Performance History

Publications/Performance History :

The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know, The Kind Folk, Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. He is presently working on a trilogy, The Three Births of Daoloth – the first volume, The Searching Dead, was published in 2016, followed by Born to the Dark, and The Way of the Worm is forthcoming. Needing Ghosts, The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, The Pretence and The Booking are novellas.

His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead, Just Behind You and Holes for Faces, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. Limericks of the Alarming and Phantasmal are what they sound like. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films.

Workshop & Reading Experience

Readings and talks. Q & A welcomed.

Group size preference


Group age preference

Adults, anyone literate

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

Far and wide, schedule permitting