Dark Humour and Magical Realism

Debbie Young's Reading Life BlogA couple of weeks ago I was at the hugely enjoyable Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. In my next post I’ll be talking about a panel I was on there. But today, I want to mention a blog post (review) by Debbie Young, who founded the litfest – for which we’re all very grateful!

The review talks about my collection of surreal short stories: Watching Charlotte Brontë Die. WCBD - EStevenson small

Do check out the review here. If you’d like to read the short stories, they’re available on Amazon at a bargain price (£0.99 or $1.41 for the ebook). Get yourself a copy today. Here is a very short teaser from one of the stories.

Anna Grail - short extract from Watching Charlotte Bronte Die

You might also want to check out Debbie’s writing blog and find out about the books she’s written (see below). Don’t miss out!

Debbie Young's books


Short Story Giveaway

Watching Charlotte Bronte Die: and other surreal stories by Ellie StevensonYou too could win a FREE signed copy of Watching Charlotte Brontë Die: and other surreal stories, which is part of a Goodreads giveaway from 30 May to 2 July.

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SOME REVIEWS of Watching Charlotte Brontë Die

Mystery does arise in many different places in this collection of nine stories from somewhat intriguing realities. Be prepared for the unexpected.’ Ingrid Stevens


‘I love Ellie Stevenson’s writing – short simple sentences, often with a bitter bite to them. To take an easy one, from “Anna Grail”:

I thought my chances were exceedingly slim. Unlike me.

‘This collection of short stories contains a variety of tales with a sting in the tail – my favourites are probably “Anna Grail”, The Window Box” and “The Last Bus Home”.

The collection winds up with an excerpt from “Ship of Haunts” (the other Titanic story) which I have already read twice. I enjoyed the excerpt so much that I’ll probably read it all again. Ellie Stevenson’s stories are rich with little details, whereas her writing is deceptively simple, and the combination grows on you. A good read and worth re-reading.’  Valeria Salvemini