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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.

Joanne Owen

Haunted Synopsis

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 . . .

Haunted Reader Reviews

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.

Spectacularly spooky and entertainingly eerie, Haunted is a must read for Halloween! Full review

Fern Tolley

I had nightmares filled with ghost boys and spirit girls. Full review

Aggie daniels (Age 10)

A chilling book of spooky, spine tingling tales. Perfect for Halloween or whenever you want to feel a chill in the air! Full review

Emily Welbourn (Age 9)

A, awesome collection of spooky stories by amazing authors. Perfect for Halloween! Full review

Charlotte Walker

Compilation of spooky, eerie stories about ghosts. These are quick to read and they are clever stories with twists and turns. Full review

Mark Dunn (Age 10)

They managed to create stories that kept me in a good cozy spooky mood for a while, giving me unexpected chills from time to time. It was a perfect Halloween read, and I am so glad I got the chance to read it! Full review

Ivana - Diary of Difference

Stories from a wide range of authors using differing styles means that there is something for everyone here and the collection exposes the reader to the work of those they might not otherwise have encountered. A great collection of well written stories to chill and thrill! Full review

Sue Wilsher

11 spooky and quite scary stories written by 11 well know children's authors including a castle with a blood chilling secret and a ghost with unfinished business. All amazing and scary! Full review

Rodborough Readers (Age 12)

11 scary stories in one book! I had to hide it in a draw at night! Spooky! Full review

Sarah Simmons (Age 7)

Haunted Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9781783449866
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Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449866
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Susan Cooper, Joseph Delaney, Berlie Doherty, Jamila Gavin
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Short Stories
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children
Collections: Scary Reads for Halloween!,

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