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A spine-tingling trove of terrifying tales from a host of hallowed writers
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.
Watch your step as you take a ghost walk around the ancient city of York and a long-ago woodland which is reawakening. Be warned of the drowned boy who will stop at nothing to find someone to play with for all time. Look into the mirror, where a lost child lurks, ready to pull you in, and try not to cry out at the monstrous creatures prowling for their next victim.
Matt Haig, Derek Landy, Philip Reeve, Joseph Delaney, Susan Cooper, Mal Peet, Berlie Doherty, Robin Jarvis, Eleanor Updale, Jamila Gavin and Sam Llewellyn have come together to bring you eleven spine-tingling stories.
Some stories will make you scream, some will make you shiver - but all will haunt you long after you've put the book down . . .
In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
I had nightmares filled with ghost boys and spirit girls. Full review
A chilling book of spooky, spine tingling tales. Perfect for Halloween or whenever you want to feel a chill in the air! Full review
Short stories are the perfect vehicle for a chilling slice of horror. An excellent balance of traditional and modern and a perfect pocket-money purchase for winter evenings. - Daily Mail
Brilliantly spooky ghost stories from the chilling pens of some top children's writers. These will leave readers just a little bit more wary of the world than when they began the collection. -- Julia Eccleshare - LoveReading4Kids, Book of the Month
Plenty to haunt the mind. - Carousel
Readers who enjoy short stories are few and far between, but this just might be a book to change a few minds. The stories are, without exception, wonderful told and definitely - haunting! - Armadillo Magazine
Anyone who has guests round for Halloween and is searching for a good tale to read aloud, needs to look no further than Haunted. - Cork Evening Echo
|Publication date:||3rd September 2020|
|Author:||Susan Cooper, Joseph Delaney, Berlie Doherty, Jamila Gavin|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3|
|Topics:||Horror & Ghost Stories, Short Stories|