Stephen Bywater: My 5 favourite writers

June 18, 2015, Article by Mr Book in Books

Stephen Bywater, author of horror thrillers The Devil’s Ark and new book Night of the Damned, reveals his writing inspiration…

Where to start is the natural response, or at least for anyone who loves reading.

Hergé and Tintin? Early to bed and sharing in the adventures of the roving reporter and his faithful dog? I still believe it was Tintin’s trips aboard Haddock’s ship, the Sirius, which made me run away to sea at sixteen.

Then there was Stephen King and later, with a heterosexual teenager’s desire to get grips with the opposite sex, Henry Miller’s Rosy Crucifixion trilogy. Miller, however, taught me more about men than he did women, and perhaps a desire to tell the truth, no matter how unpalatable it might be to others.

Recently, there have also been brief but intense love affairs with B S Johnson and Shirley Jackson. If you haven’t read B S Johnson’s Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry I urge you to read it. It’s an anarchic, cynical and cruelly humorous novel which will lead you by the nose to Jonathan Coe’s award-winning biography of the writer. (Does Coe count as a sly sixth?)

Night of the Damned by Stephen Bywater is out now in paperback and ebook

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