Bushey resident Stuart James has recently celebrated being one of the winners at the International Book Awards 2020, winning in the Horror category.
According to Stuart, hundreds of authors were nominated alongside him, but he turned out to be the victor with his book The House on Rectory Lane.
Speaking to BusheyNews, Stuart said: “It was just really exciting to be shortlisted for the award to be honest, I didn’t expect to actually win it, but I am honoured to have done so.
“I always wanted to write but have only done so for around three years now. My teachers in school were always desperate for me to take it on.
“I’ve received a beautiful certificate all the way from the USA, which I’m going to frame and hang on my wall somewhere. It’s also brilliant for my resume.”
Stuart has also been nominated for the, even more prestigious, Bram Stoker Award, which the likes of world-famous authors such as Stephen King has previously won.
Stuart added: “Winning the Bram Stoker Award would be a dream come true, it would be the peak of any thriller writer’s career. I think only a Netflix deal would surpass it!
“I’ll find out about that early next year, but to even be nominated is a great achievement.”
The House on Rectory Lane is about a family having enough of living in central London and decide to move to the countryside, to what they think is their dream home.
It suddenly goes downhill though, when a hidden tape leaves a lot of unanswered questions about the neighbours and the history of the house.