Peter Laws

Peter Laws

Peter Laws is an ordained Baptist minister with a taste for the macabre.

He is the author of The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore (Icon Books, 2018). This acclaimed non-fiction work follows Peter on a thought provoking and often hilarious romp through Transylvania, Rome and the UK seeking to understand why humans have a morbid streak.

He is also the creator of the acclaimed and ongoing Matt Hunter crime fiction series (Purged, Unleashed and Severed – published by Allison & Busby, since 2017, and Bastei Lubbe in Germany from 2018). The books feature an atheist ex-vicar turned academic who helps the police solve religiously motivated crimes.

Peter also writes a monthly column for the print edition of The Fortean Times magazine and hosts the popular podcast/YouTube show The Flicks That Church Forgot, exploring the deeper and sometimes spiritual themes of morbid culture.

He is a regular public speaker and lives in Bedfordshire with his wife and two young children.