On Saturday 9 April, Hunting Raven Books was buzzing with anticipation. Keen fans were waiting for the chance to meet Frome author David Gatward who had chosen to launch his new book The Damned here at his favourite independent bookshop!

The Damned is the third book of The Dead series, in the popular horror-thriller genre that younger teenagers devour!  Eager young readers were delighted to receive special posters as well as having their books signed and were thrilled to have a chance to win a special signed and customised skateboard as well. David did not disappoint those followers who were brave enough and dared to come!

Skateboard Winner
The skateboard competition closed at 5:30pm on Wed 20 April and David came in to make the draw.
The lucky winner was Matt Connew – Congratulations Matt!

About David Gatward
David was born in Bristol and grew up with his two younger brothers between the Cotswolds, Wensleydale and Lincolnshire. Aside from having a huge number of hobbies including: caving, camping, climbing, archery, shooting and music, David also wrote avidly. Although he had his first book published aged 18, it’s taken many more years and life experiences to lead to writing The Dead.

Seeing two ghosts, being mistaken for a homeless person and almost drowning have given David plenty of food for thought. Now living in rural Somerset with his wife and two boys, David writes full-time and hopes to see ghost number three very shortly.

Here’s what people are saying about “The Dead”…

David Gatward is going to become a big name in YA horror circles. (The Book Zone)

There’s a great deal to enjoy in this book and the series seems set to provide lots more. Teen horror fans are going to love it. (The Bookbag )

A relentless and gruesome thrill ride The Dead marks out David Gatward as one to watch in Young Adult Horror. (SFX Magazine )

Looking for chills, spine tingling weirdness, and gut-wrenching gore? Well, this book will hit the spot. (Flipside Magazine )

A weekend spent in the company of The Dead is a weekend spent well. (GoreZone Magazine )

‘…perfect for teens looking to try a good old-fashioned horror novel…’ (Sugarscape.com )

Horror for kids has a compelling, and very twisted, new voice. (SFX Magazine)

And if that’s not enough, grab a look at David’s website:  www.davidgatward.com for exclusive info, sneak peeks and book trailers. Find out all about what he’s up to, follow his blog, read reviews of his favourite books and films. Plus there’s stuff like competitions, downloads, writing tips and a fair bit more. Might even be T-shirts available soon… oh yes…