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March 28, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Fiction

The Stranger in Our Bed

Samantha Lee Howe
Samantha Lee Howe and The Stranger in our Bed cover


Park Inn Palace Hotel, Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
£5 (27 yrs and under)

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

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Samantha Lee Howe began her professional writing career predominately writing horror and fantasy under the pen name Sam Stone.

Samantha’s breakaway debut thriller, The Stranger in Our Bed, is a gripping debut psychological thriller about the dark secrets in a perfect marriage.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend, taking place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea on 28 and 29 March.

The Stranger in Our Bed



What if you ended your marriage for a man who didn’t exist?
She had everything money could buy, but felt trapped. After having an affair with a stranger called Ewan everything changes in ways she can’t begin to understand.

Ewan breaks apart her marriage piece by piece and then just disappears. He uses a fake name and leaves no trace behind; it’s like he doesn’t even exist.

Someone did this to her and now they’re waiting for her to unravel, watching her every move. She can’t trust anyone, not even herself – not even the people she loves.



Samantha Lee Howe began her professional writing career in 2007 and has been working as a freelance writer for small, medium and large publishers, predominately writing horror and fantasy under the pen name Sam Stone. This body of work includes 13 novels 5 novellas, 3 collections, over 40 short stories, an audio drama and a Doctor Who spin-off drama that went to DVD.

Samantha’s first thriller is due to be released by Harper Collins imprint, One More Chapter, on 14th February (ebook) and 16th April 2020 in Paperback.

A former high school English and Drama teacher, Samantha has a BA (Hons) in English and Writing for Performance, an MA in Creative Writing and a PGCE in English.

Samantha lives in Lincolnshire with her husband David.


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Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
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Hearing Loop:

Park Inn Palace currently has no hearing loop systems installed. Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least three days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email claire@essexbookfestival.org.uk