<b>A.M. Shine</b> is a writer and advocate of the Gothic horror tradition. Born in Galway in the west of Ireland, there he received his Master Degree in History before sharpening his quill and pursuing all things literary and macabre. His stories have won the Word Hut and Bookers Corner prize. He has published two collections, <i>Coldwood: the haunted man and other stories</i> and <i>13</i> and is a member of the Irish Writers Centre. <i>The Watchers</i> is his first full-length novel.