Billingham and McDermid join crime anthology for domestic abuse charities

Billingham and McDermid join crime anthology for domestic abuse charities

Eighteen bestselling crime writers, including Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah and Harriet Tyce, are contributing to an anthology to raise money for domestic abuse charities in the wake of a “shadow pandemic” created by Covid-19.

Afraid of the Christmas Lights is an eclectic mix of festive shorts, also featuring contemporary crime writers Rachael Blok, Elle Croft, Phoebe Morgan, Adam Southward, James Delargy and Kate Simants.

With a foreword by McDermid, the anthology also includes stories from Clare Empson, Jo Furniss, T E Kinsey, N J Mackay, Dominic Nolan, Robert Scragg, Heather Critchlow and S R Masters.

Victoria Selman, who co-ordinated the anthology and is also a contributor, explained: “Domestic violence figures soared during lockdown and sufferers fear the festive period more than any other time of the year. It’s been a huge pleasure working on this book with such talented authors, and for such an important cause.”

All profits will go to domestic abuse charities East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (Esdas) and Rights of Women.

McDermid said: "The often invisible victims of domestic abuse have never needed support more than they do now; this is an easy way for us to help."

The anthology follows Afraid of the Light, a collection of crime short stories released during lockdown to raise funds for Samaritans.

Afraid of the Christmas Lights will publish via Amazon KDP on 1st December 2020 in e-book and paperback, with all profits going to charity.