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COMPETITION: Win a Signed Copy of SJI Holliday’s Debut Novel BLACK WOOD

COMPETITION: Win a Signed Copy of SJI Holliday’s Debut Novel BLACK WOOD

Our resident horror writer SJI Holliday has just published her debut novel Black Wood, which has just made the Kindle top 100 today. Susi as we know here at the Black Flag, has been kind enough to offer a signed copy for one of our lucky readers.

Susi says “Black Wood is a psychological crime thriller set in a small Scottish town. The initial idea was sparked by something that happened to me and a friend when we were kids – luckily for us, nothing very bad happened – but the fear never left me – the ‘what if…’ part – and I knew I had to write about it. ”

Here’s the blurb:

Something happened to Claire and Jo in Black Wood: something that left Claire paralysed and Jo with deep mental scars. But with Claire suffering memory loss and no evidence to be found, nobody believes Jo’s story. Twenty-three years later, a familiar face walks into the bookshop where Jo works, dredging up painful memories and rekindling her desire for vengeance. And at the same time, Sergeant Davie Gray is investigating a balaclava-clad man who is attacking women on a disused railway, shocking the sleepy village of Banktoun. But what is the connection between Jo’s visitor and the masked man? To catch the assailant, and to give Jo her long-awaited justice, Gray must unravel a tangled web of past secrets, broken friendship and tainted love. But can he crack the case before Jo finds herself with blood on her hands?

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So the Question to win a signed copy of SJI Holliday’s debut novel is: What does the ‘I’ in ‘SJI’ stand for? HINT: the answer is on her website. Send your answer with the subject line Black Wood Competition to

This is exclusive as the paperback is not released until 19th march so you will be the first person to have a copy. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday 4th March!


SJI Holliday grew up in Haddington, East Lothian. She works as a Pharmaceutical Statistician, and as a life-long bookworm has always dreamt of becoming a novelist. She has several crime and horror short stories published in anthologies and was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham Prize. After travelling the world, she has now settled in London with her husband. Her debut novel, Black Wood, was inspired by a disturbing incident from her childhood. You can find out more at

Twitter: @SJIHolliday

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