I’m the founder of Shroud Books. I’ve been dreaming about owning a bookshop most of my life, and it’s time to try and make that happen. I run Shroud on my own with a lot of help from my wonderful husband, Joseph, and my best friend, Sarah.
Horror and gothic lit has been a big part of my life for about as long as I can remember. I was a weird kid. I came out as gay when I was really young and I always had a weird obsession with horror movies and creepy books. I was bullied, not just for being gay, but for being creepy as well. Those things I was bullied for have become the cornerstones of who I am and what I bring to the world.
The first horror movie I watched was The Ring when I was twelve. My sister had rented it from Blockbuster and I had rented Disney’s Dinosaur (which I watched straight after The Ring to try and take my mind off it). I also remember me and my mum having little to no boundaries when it came to horror, we watched Silence of the Lambs and American Psycho together pretty often when I was younger. And my dad used to tape episodes of Buffy on VHS so we could watch them together (although I’m pretty sure we were watching for different reasons).
I love book shopping and, considering you’re here, I’m guessing you do too. But it’s so frustrating going to a big chain store or any general bookshop and finding the smallest horror section! Usually tucked away behind a stack of fantasy novels. I decided to do the opposite. At Shroud Books you’ll find all the latest released in horror as well as the classics. We’re also stocking self-published and indie-published novels.
My favourite novel is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley