Welcome to the fourth issue of Shift Zine! And it’s creep-tastic! *cue thunderstorm effects*

In this issue we review the chilling Grave Matter, the mysterious A Skinful of Shadows, and the downright horrifying Charlotte Says, as well as much, much more. We also interview authors Vic James, Simon P. Clark, and author-illustrator duo Juno Dawson and Alex T. Smith. And, if that isn’t enough, we have a special feature with the one and only Philip Pullman, talking about his long-awaited new book La Belle Sauvage.

After you’ve digested all of that, grab a pumpkin-spiced something, and put your feet up to read three spine-chilling original stories from Gemma Varnom, Heather James, and Brianna Henderson.

Thank you to all our readers for supporting us in our first year! We couldn’t have done this without your support, and we can’t wait to bring you even more Shift in 2018.

– The Shift Team


Thornhill by Pam Smy

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Charlotte Says by Alex Bell

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge


Simon P. Clark

We catch up with Simon ahead of publication of his second book, Not Yet Dark. 

Juno Dawson & Alex T Smith

The author and illustrator discuss their spooky collaboration, Grave Matter.

Lauren James

Lucy discusses Lauren’s forthcoming The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.


BACKLIST: Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

First published back in 2011 (when the world seemed sane and understandable), Lindsey Barraclough’s debut novel Long Lankin remains probably one of my favourite horror novels of all time. Tightly paced and simplistic, but by no means does that take away from the plot – it’s a lean, mean, spine-chilling machine.


We sent Lucy to Oxford to visit Lyra’s world, and discover more about Philip Pullman’s long-awaited novel, La Belle Sauvage.

Contains mild spoilers.

Our Top 13 Favourite Horror Stories

We let Darran loose on our nerves as he lists the best horror stories to keep you up at night. 


Self-Control by Heather James

The Unquiet Grave of Aisling O'Riordan by Gemma Varnom

Coffins & Top Hats by Brianna Henderson