A chilling collection of terrifying winter tales for the darkest nights.
This sinister collection of short stories encapsulates everything human beings fear about the dark half of the year. A Halloween costume party attracts uninvited guests; the long evenings bring out creatures from the deepest darkness; a perfect snowfall brings pure terror. Spine tingling, eye opening and genuinely horrifying – prepare to be scared!
By a stunning line-up of authors: Susan Cooper, Katherine Langrish, Liz Williams, Frances Hardinge, Frances Thomas, Rhiannon Lassiter and Catherine Butler.
Draw the curtains and snuggle down for a chilling winter read with these seven new sinister stories from some masters of the genre. — Sarah Brew * Parents in Touch * A haunting, well-written collection of spooky short stories…displays a constellation of children’s writers. — Amanda Craig * The Times, Saturday Review * A haunting, well-written collection of spook short stories * The Times * …the seven sinister tales gathered together here…are genuinely outstanding examples of the horror genre. Low on graphic gore and high on extreme tension, this is finely honed writing that gets right to the bone of all our fears… * Teach Secondary * this anthology packs a powerful punch…these stories will seriously spook you. * TBK * spooky…poignant and thought-provoking… These are an eclectic mix of stories that will have a wide appeal * School Librarian * spooky…poignant and thought provoking * School Librarian *
About the Author
Catherine Butler was born in Hampshire, where she grew up in a small market town near the New Forest. As a child, she spent most of her time wandering woods, trying to learn musical instruments, and learning about myths. She also loved reading ghost stories (both fictional and real) and scaring herself silly.
For the last 23 years Catherine has lived in Bristol, where she teaches English at a local university. She has two teenage children, one cat, and is still trying to learn the piano. As well as writing books for children and young adults, Catherine writes books about children’s books. Some people think her obsessed. She has many opinions, and is a regular contributor to the Awfully Big Blog Adventure (awfullybigblogadventure.blogspot.com).
Catherine’s books (most of them published under the name Charles Butler) are fantasies, but they are fantasies set in our own world – or in worlds set at a slight, disconcerting angle to our own. They include Calypso Dreaming, The Fetch of Mardy Watt, Death of a Ghost and The Lurkers.