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Opening the pages of this eerie anthology is akin to creeping through creaky doors to explore a haunted house. To wander corridors and halls, rooms and chambers that have been darkly decorated by a host of hallowed writers. Here readers will encounter the skulking terrors of Joseph Delaney’s timeless, gripping The Castle Ghosts. The clever, contemporary creepiness of Robin Jarvis’s The Beach Hut. Then there’s Philip Reeves’s long-lingering, translucently lyrical The Ghost Wood. There are eleven tales in all, each written by a truly top-class writer, among them Matt Haig, Derek Landy, Susan Cooper, Mal Peet, and Jamila Gavin. Some tingle with menace. Others are outright scary. Some are modern, others infused with the terrors of traditional Gothic tales. And all of them are exquisitely executed. Perfect for reading aloud as the nights draw in, the stories here also make excellent introductions to a fine set of writers.
Eleven brand new and brilliantly spooky ghost stories from the chilling pens of some top children’s writers. Whether it is cold hands dragging you down, a ghostly face in the mirror trying to pull you in too or the spirit of a drowned boy needing a peaceful end all of these will leave readers just a little bit more wary of the world than when they began the collection. Contributors include Carnegie Medal winners Mal Peet and Philip Reeve along with many other favourite writers.