Horror author Adam Nevill chats briefly with mamalovestoread

In a mega fan-girl moment I recently had the opportunity to shoot Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual, a quick-fire round of questions and he was happy to oblige with some answers. Here’s what he had to say…

mamalovestoread: From page one Under a Watchful Eye creeped me the hell out. Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?

Adam Nevill: Thank you. Mission accomplished. And yes, while writing one scene in Last Days (in the Normandy farmhouse) I became sure that someone had entered the room and was standing behind my chair. Really freaked me out. I was certain I was not alone. I had two uncanny experiences while actually wring that novel.

Book in forest -Under A Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill
Under A Watchful Eye is a supernatural thriller involving the sudden appearance of a dark figure that begins to stalk and torment the main character plunging his mind into a terrifying paranoia.          (Photo credit: mamalovestoread)


mamalovestoread: If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Adam Nevill: I fear I’d misbehave.

Stack of Adam Nevill books
Just a sample of my Adam Nevill book collection that I will avidly continue to grow.                    (Photo credit: mamalovestoread)


mamalovestoread: In a random turn of events, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 has become reality and all books are being burned. What’s the one book you would risk your life to save?

Adam Nevill: 1984.


mamalovestoread: What triggered your love of horror?

Adam Nevill: Having the ghost stories of M. R. James read to me when I was a boy.

Horror books by Adam Nevill
(Photo credit: mamalovestoread)

mamalovestoread: The Ritual has now been made into a movie, how involved were you in the screenwriting adaptation?

Adam Nevill: I wasn’t involved in the writing of the script, or making of the film, besides some consultation on early drafts.


mamalovestoread: Finally, clearly, you’ve proven that your writing rocks! Do you have any hidden talents and if you weren’t a writer what would you be doing?

Adam Nevill: I’m a one trick pony, but I’d like to have a go at producing films in some capacity and think I’m all right at publishing books that interest me.

Photo of Book - Hasty For The Dark by Adam Nevill
My hardcopy of Hasty for the Dark and signed postcard that I bought directly from Adam’s online store – Ritual Limited (Photo credit: mamalovestoread)


Thanks to Adam for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me. His work will continue to be some of my favourite in the horror genre. Look out for some reviews of my Adam Nevill books coming to the blog soon.

Author photos: Tania Glyde (source: www.adamlgnevill.com)

Adam LG Nevill

About Adam Nevill

Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the horror novels: ‘Banquet for the Damned’, ‘Apartment 16’, ‘The Ritual’, ‘Last Days’, ‘House of Small Shadows’, ‘No One Gets Out Alive’, ‘Lost Girl’, and ‘Under a Watchful Eye’. His first short story collection, ‘Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors’, was published on Halloween, 2016, and won the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. His second collection of short fiction, ‘Hasty for the Dark: Selected Horrors’ was published on Halloween 2017.

His novels, ‘The Ritual’, ‘Last Days’ and ‘No One Gets Out Alive’ were the winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. ‘The Ritual’ and ‘Last Days’ were also awarded Best in Category: Horror, by R.U.S.A. Several of his novels are currently in development for film and television, and in 2016 Imaginarium adapted ‘The Ritual’ into a major motion picture.

Adam also offers three free books to readers of horror: ‘Cries from the Crypt’ (downloadable from his website), ‘Before You Sleep’ and ‘Before You Wake’ (available from major online retailers).

Adam lives in Devon, England.

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