I don’t know if anyone else remembers Most Haunted, the incredibly popular ghost-hunting show that was all the rage on Cable TV a few years ago? It starred (amongst others) former Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding and a well-known medium called Derek Acorah, and each episode visited a different haunted property or location to film the ghosts.
From that write-up you’ll guess that it provided inspiration for my own book ‘Got Ghosts?’. However, where the Got Ghosts? mob are a pretty dodgy lot, I’ve never entirely made up my mind about Most Haunted. But I do still have my doubts, and now you can read about those doubts over at The Spooky Isles magazine.
While you’re there, check out some of the other articles because they have a wide range of paranormal and supernatural stuff from Britain and Ireland: ghosts, history, TV and film reviews, folklore to name but a few.
…there’s often a crime. After all, ghosts are people who died, and not all those deaths are natural.
To read more about this rather weird subject, head for Ellie Sisson’s blog, where she’s been kind enough to lend me a soapbox and hand me a microphone for my latest “guest ghost post”.
This time it’s about the deaths, natural or otherwise, of some of the resident spirits in ‘Got Ghosts?’, and the whole issue of crime in paranormal fiction. I hope you enjoy it!
Just a quick round-up of various bits of writing news today:
The Being Me charity anthology is now fully available to buy on Amazon. With 16 stories from 15 authors (including my own time travel tale The Visitor) this is a great way of supporting a great cause. Do go and check it out!
Paragraph Planet have listed The Summons in their October archive. This ultra-short story with a creepy feel is based on a real Cumbrian legend of the church bells ringing under Thirlmere. Head for the archive page and choose 9th October from the drop-down list.
And my new book Got Ghosts? is already gathering some lovely reviews. You can find a selection over at Amazon – and why not treat yourself to a copy while you’re there? It’s the perfect size for an early Christmas stocking-filler!
Friend and fellow Westmorland Writer member Deborah Swift has been kind enough to run a guest (ghost?) blog post of mine on the background to Got Ghosts?
Since Deborah writes historical novels (including The Gilded Lily and Pleasing Mr Pepys), I wanted something that would be vaguely interesting to her readers, so rather than concentrating on the ghosts, I looked back over some of the historical influences on the book. These include stately homes, artworks, priest holes, and Lord Byron – but to find out more, why not head over to Deborah’s blog and check out the details? Hopefully they’re more historical than hysterical, as the title suggests.
I’m dashing in with the fantastic news that my new book Got Ghosts? is released today, just in time for Halloween. Considering the number of ghosts in the book, that’s just about perfect! Huge thanks to Adele, Vincent, Daz and all the others at Fox Spirit Books for making this happen.
The book, which features ghosts, a TV film crew, missing paintings, happy (and unhappy) mediums, and yet more ghosts, is a fun-filled romp which is very loosely based on the real-life TV show Most Haunted, with further inspiration from some of the old and haunted country houses I’ve visited over the years and a few of Georgette Heyer’s sillier crime titles.
The end result is, I hope, a quirky, breathless dash through the haunted halls, attics and cellars of Greystones Hall in the company of its young artist owner Emily, the Got Ghosts? production company, and a swathe of resident ghosts.
You can find out much more about the book, including the full blurb, an excerpt, and those all important details on where to buy it, at my website. I’ll be adding more information soon, including a handful of guest (ghost?!) blog posts and a contest, so keep checking back.
If you buy the book (Amazon UK), thank you! And I hope you enjoy hunting the ghosts.
Popping in this morning to say that I’ve created a brand new stand-alone web page for Got Ghosts? with more information about the book.
At the moment it includes the blurb and the release date, but I’ll be adding more over the next few days – including an excerpt and those all-important details on where you can buy the thing – so do keep checking back.
You can find the page here. I hope you’ll find it useful.
And now *drum roll please* the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Well, the moment I’ve been waiting for at any rate. The moment that the brand new cover artwork for ‘Got Ghosts?’ is revealed. And here it is, in all its wonderful psychedelic glory.
The artwork is by Vincent Holland-Keen and I particularly like the way he’s captured not just the spooky atmosphere of the book, but also the general sense of breathlessness and rushing about. Very much a case of lights, camera, inaction as people bump into ghosts and knock things over while they’re trying to run away! And (ahem) I do love that I’m described as ‘writer and director’. Moving up in the world!
The book is due out from Fox Spirit in a couple of weeks, just in time for Halloween, so do keep checking back for details of when and where you can get it. As Carl the producer says, “Some psychic you are, darling – you didn’t see that one coming!” I’ll try to make sure you can’t say the same about the book.