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Women who Write Horror: Susan Hill (Author Spotlight)


Susan Hill is an English author best known for her horror novel, The Woman in Black. She owns her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, which publishes her own crime novels and other authors.

Her writing is well known for his descriptive Gothic style. She is a fan of traditional English ghost stories and likes to write stories that rely on suspense and atmosphere to leave impact rather than shock value or gore. Her influences include Daphne du Maurier, and she wrote a sequel to Rebecca called Mrs. De Winter in 1993.

  • 1971 Somerset Maugham Award for I’m the King of the Castle
  • 1972 Whitbread Novel Award for The Bird of Night
  • 1972 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the The Albatross
  • 1988 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Can It Be True?: A Christmas Story
  • 2012 CBE awarded by the queen


  • The Enclosure
  • Do Me a Favour
  • Gentleman and Ladies
  • A Change for the Better
  • I’m the King of the Castle
  • Strange Meeting
  • The Bird of Night
  • In the Springtime of the Year
  • The Woman in Black – A Ghost Story
  • Air and Angels
  • The Mist in the Mirror: A Ghost Story
  • Mrs de Winter
  • The Service of Clouds
  • Simon Serrailler crime novels:
    • The Various Haunts of Men
    • The Pure in Heart
    • The Risk of Darkness
    • The Vows of Silence
    • Shadows in the Streets
    • The Betrayal of Trust
    • A Question of Identity
    • The Soul of Discretion
    • The Comforts of Home
  • The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story
  • The Beacon
  • The Small Hand: A Ghost Story
  • A Kind Man
  • Dolly: A Ghost Story
  • Black Sheep

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