Chris Priestley

Chris Priestley has been a cartoonist and illustrator for many years, working mainly for magazines and newspapers. He currently has a weekly strip cartoon called 'Payne's Grey' in the New Statesman.

Chris has been a published author since 2000. He has written several books for children, both fiction and non-fiction. Death and the Arrow was shortlisted for a Mystery Writer's of America 'Edgar' award in the US in 2004, and Redwulf's Curse won the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award in 2006.

Ever since he was a teenager Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories, with fond memories of buying comics like Strange Tales and House of Mystery, watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M R James ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Ray Bradbury. He hopes Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror will haunt his readers in the way those writers have haunted him.

Chris Priestley books reviewed


  • Dog Magic! (2000)
  • Jail-breaker Jack (2001)
  • Battle of Britain: My Story (2002)
  • Battle of Hastings (2003)
  • Witch Hunt (2003)
  • Death and the Arrow (Tom Marlowe Adventure, 2003)
  • The White Rider (Tom Marlowe Adventure, 2004)
  • Redwulf's Curse (Tom Marlowe Adventure, 2005)
  • Billy Wizard (2005)
  • New World (2007)
  • Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror (Tales of Terror, 2007)
  • Tales of Terror from the Black Ship (Tales of Terror, 2008)
  • Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth (Tales of Terror, 2009)
    A boy is put on a train by his stepmother to make his first journey on his own. But soon that journey turns out to be more of a challenge than anyone could have imagined as the train stalls at the mouth of a tunnel and a mysterious woman in white helps the boy while away the hours by telling him stories - stories with a difference.

Critical acclaim

... for The Tales of Terror series

A witty pastiche of short sensation fiction from the Victorian era, it's genuinely, thrillingly horrible. And I mean that in a good way. Independent

This is horror in the vein of Edgar Allen Poe and as such is thrilling and engrossing... His class of chills transcends market type. You must read his books! The Edinburgh Geekzine