Kat Ellis | 'You can create whatever kind of climate you want in a small town—it’s its own little pocket of evil'

Kat Ellis | 'You can create whatever kind of climate you want in a small town—it’s its own little pocket of evil'

Even if you have just a passing familiarity with Kat Ellis’ work, you might guess she is a huge horror fan. The Young Adult novelist’s previous hair-raising, unsettling books have been about a drowned girl who comes back from the dead (with a creepy circus mime thrown in), the son of a serial killer who may be aping his father’s work, and memory purges of young people by a sinister government in a dystopian future.

The Welsh author’s love of horror started early in arguably the golden age of horror films, aided by some now-argued-about lax parenting. Ellis says: “I grew up in the 1980s and...

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