Emergence: Hartlepool Central Library & Horden Field Trip

Hey folks, so Emergence has been out almost a month already. On it’s first day of release it climbed up to number 29 on UK Amazon’s best-sellers chart for British Horror! How cool is that?

On Saturday, just gone, I hosted an event at Hartlepool Central Library. Thanks to those who turned up, I enjoyed speaking with you all!


For those who weren’t able to make it, I read a couple of excerpts from the book and talked quite a bit about my influences and inspirations for the story, quite a lot about main character John Gimmerick and I covered parts of the writing process itself.  I’m more than happy to discuss any of these points on a one-to-one basis, so if you have any questions you can contact me and I promise I’ll get back to you.

John Gimmerick’s hometown is Horden and it’s no coincidence that it’s also mine. It was a great place to grow up and I always wanted to weave it into one of my stories. My parents still live in Horden and although I visit them often I hadn’t been to some of the places mentioned in the book in years, so I felt this in itself would lend Emergence a sense of honesty and realism, that by me going back to visit such places as the beach and the dene and the cundy, I would see things as John would see things on his return.

Here are some of the images I took during my field trips, while in the planning stages of Emergence:

Horden beach (taken from part-way up the beach banks, when I went for a climb to see if the machine gun turret was still there from World War II):


Horden beach (the six-foot shelf the sea has created along the shoreline):


The tank blocks from World War II:


Inside the cundy:


The cundy from the outside (looks like somewhere Pennywise the clown might hang out):


The cundy from the other side:


The viaduct (also known as Gregory’s Leap):


If you’ve already read and enjoyed Emergence could I ask that you please post a review on Amazon. It would mean SO much!

To make it super easy, here’s the link (just click and sign in): Emergence

Next month I’ll be back with my take on Freud’s Silence, so watch out for that. Till then enjoy Emergence and please help spread the word.

Thank you!

R. H. Dixon is a horror enthusiast who, when not escaping into the fantastical realms of fiction, lives in the northeast of England with her husband and two whippets. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association.

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2 comments on “Emergence: Hartlepool Central Library & Horden Field Trip
  1. Deborah Long says:

    Enjoyed looking at your pictures of Horden Beach. We used to play jumping across the tank blocks when I was a kid in the 1950s. There were a lot more in the dene – you really had to take a run at those. My parents had a Grocer shop/Newsagent on Warren Street. Thanks for the memories.


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