Scared To Death by Alan Gibbons

Scared To Death

Written by Alan Gibbons
Part of the Hell's Underground Series

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A compelling new series from a master storyteller combining urban menace, ancient horror and an ongoing quest for good against evil and set in modern east London against a backdrop of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. Gibbons is at his mighty best when inventing fantastic, nightmarish scenarios that are full of gritty realism. The protagonist, Paul must confront his own demons and a family curse whilst trying to make sense of the mysterious deaths of people close to him to which he is implicated. In order to survive and for good to overcome evil Paul is forced to undertake time-travel adventures to different periods in history. Gibbons has won and been shortlisted for numerous book awards.

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'London is the world's first mega-city, and nowhere in the capital is more atmospheric or cloaked in myth than the East End. Jack the Ripper continues to fascinate - who was he? Why did the murders he commited weave such a macabre spell?'


Scared To Death by Alan Gibbons

Late one night after a strange tube journey to Whitechapel in East London, Paul makes a new friend, John Reaper - daring and enigmatic, just as Paul longs to be, away from his cloying mother (his only family - so he thinks). Redman charms Paul at once, but also a girl called Jude they meet on a night about town. A few days later, Paul learns that Jude has mysteriously died, and Redman has disappeared. Shortly after that, one of Paul's teacher dies suddenly - frightened to death - near where Jude's body was found. A link for sure. And Paul feels implicated, because both victims were known to him. He senses Redman, who comes and goes as it suits him, is involved as well. His new friend is dangerous. But so, we learn, is Paul. In uncovering the truth about Redman he learns shocking facts about himself. There's an evil curse loose in his family and Paul is the latest inheritor. The spree of death - camouflagued as copycat Jack the Ripper-style murders - will continue until Paul confronts the demon in himself head on.


'Very definitely scary...builds tension slowly and cleverly and is ultimately a more rewarding read for it'

About the Author

Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons is a full time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major Book Festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is also a key contributor at the QCA/National Literary Strategy 'Writing Together' conferences. As well as being a writer, Alan is a high profile library campaigner. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

He has written over 60 books and won many prestigious awards such as the Blue Peter Award for ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’, the Angus Book Award and the Stockport Book Award. He has also been shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and his books have been published into dozens of languages.

Alan Gibbons Q+A
If you could choose a football dream team – which players would you choose?

Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Paolo Maldini, George best, Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs, Diego Maradonna, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Moore. What a great side!

Which sports person would you most like to meet and why?

Muhammad Ali. He was quite simply The Greatest. If I had a tardis and could time travel I’d like to meet George Best when he was very young so as to tell him to stay away from the booze.

The 1966 World Cup Final when England best West Germany and the 1970 World Cup Final when Brazil beat Italy. Then there was the night Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle and won back the world heavy weight boxing title.

My head says “no” but my heart says “yes.” Wayne Rooney to score the winner in South Africa.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

1st May 2008




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