Gallows at Twilight (Witchfinder series)  by William Hussey
  

Gallows at Twilight (Witchfinder series)

Written by William Hussey

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Horror stalks this scary second adventure for Jake who must now lead the war against the Demon Father, newly escaped from hell. Jake’s previous success in closing the demon door shows his prowess but has he the courage to go back into the past and change the course of history? Jake is a great hero and his world is a grimly ghastly one.

This is the sequel to Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide.

A 'piece of passion' from the editor of the Witchfinder series

The Witchfinder series was my first acquisition for the Oxford University Press children's list and from the first page I was hooked. I knew that I had to be the one to bring this book to the world. I urge you to read both the first one and this one and find out for yourselves. With its mix of magic and science, horror and beautiful writing, it is quite unlike anything I’ve ever read and I envy you your first foray into the world of Witchfinder...

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Synopsis

Gallows at Twilight (Witchfinder series) by William Hussey

Eight pale hands - some with fingers stripped down to the bone - rose out of the earth. Slimy with rain, the rat-gnawed heads of four soldiers loomed into view. They moaned at the sky and their cry moulded itself into a word: 'FLLLLLLEEESSSSSSSSHHHHH!' The Demon Father has escaped from hell and walks among us, his trident symbol branded into the earth in countries all over the world.

Jake is struggling to harness his powers and live up to his reputation of the boy who closed the demon door. But now he must push all doubt aside. To stop the Demon Father Jake must change the course of history - embark on a treacherous journey deep into the past and into another dimension, filled with horror and pain.

A place where innocent people are tried and tortured. A place where the law of the Witchfinder rules. Let the rushes be lit for there will be gallows at twilight.

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'Full throated horror .. a rattling good adventure. 4 stars' - SFX

About the Author

William Hussey

Contrary to popular myth, William Hussey was born on Planet Earth – more precisely in the London Borough of Hounslow. He spent the first year of his life roaming around the country with a travelling fairground, though his memories of this time are vague. The Hussey family has been touring with fairgrounds and circuses for centuries and, in the 1800s, William’s great-grandfather had the honour of meeting the legendary Elephant Man !

When William was one, his family settled in the seaside town of Skegness. They again found work with the local fairground and William spent his early years helping his uncle who owned the town’s scariest ghost train.

From the age of eight, William lived in a house his dad had built next to an old churchyard. For the next eight years the family was disturbed by a ghostly presence – a little old lady in black, her face criss-crossed with deep lines, who used to walk the corridors at night ! William saw her on only two occasions but he often heard her footsteps passing his window. He hears them still… in his dreams…

During the summer holidays, while William’s parents worked fifteen-hour days, he was entrusted to the care of his grandfathers. They would take him on long walks through the countryside and would make up stories to order: tales full of werewolves, vampires and ghouls ! His grandfathers also gave him his love of books – especially tales of mystery and imagination, like the Sherlock Holmes stories.

After studying English, Psychology and Law at college and university, William became a lawyer, but found the world of judges and barristers far too boring. He wrote a couple of books for grown-ups before being inspired by his little nephew Johnny to write one for kids. He had so much fun writing this book – Witchfinder – that he wants to write many, many more !

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Format

Paperback
448 pages

Author

William Hussey
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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication date

6th January 2011

ISBN

9780192731913

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