Carluke author wins British Fantasy Award

Deserved winner...former Carluke High pupil Carole Johnstone was delighted to win British Fantasy Award
Deserved winner...former Carluke High pupil Carole Johnstone was delighted to win British Fantasy Award

A CARLUKE physicist who combines her work with the NHS and writing award- winning fantasy stories has picked up a top award.

Carole Johnstone’s Signs of the Times secured a British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

Carole beat off strong competition from six other nominees who are internationally recognised horror and fantasy authors.

The 37-year-old, who now lives in Colchester, said: “It was a great honour to win in such a hotly-contested category.

“From an early age I was always creating stories about myself or my friends but it has only been in the last few years that I have focused more of my time on writing.”

Set in Edinburgh, Signs of the Times tells the story of dog-headed people returning to Earth where they are vilified and persecuted.

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