AUTHORS Stephen King, Karin Slaughter and Ian Rankin are among those who will be taking part in a hybrid crime-writing book festival next month.

The Bloody Scotland festival will feature in-person events while some authors will join digitally from elsewhere, with audiences able to watch live in Stirling or online.

King, Kathy Reichs, Slaughter, Lee Child and Linwood Barclay are among those who will be beamed into the city’s Albert Halls where interviewers will be present to question them in front of a live and digital audience.

Authors appearing in person in Stirling include Val McDermid, Rankin, Denise Mina and Chris Brookmyre as well as Paula Hawkins, SJ Watson and Louise Candlish.

The hybrid festival, which runs from September 17 to 19, comes after last year’s Bloody Scotland took place in virtual form due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Festival director Bob McDevitt said: “It’s going to be a Bloody Scotland like no other but we do love a challenge and I can’t wait to see all of our authors and crime fans back together in real life, while extending our global reach as we beam the festival all over the world.”

Full information about this year’s programme and buying tickets can be found at