Another one of my current projects has just been announced. When I was a stroppy teenager, I often used to go and stay with my Grandparents on Jacob’s Wells Road in the middle of Bristol. Their flat was part of a wonderfully gothic old building which I believe originally belonged to the Cathedral. To a kid with an over-active imagination, it was a wonderfully spooky setting and after the lights went out at night I would lie in my little rickety z-bed and read well-thumbed library books which I’d picked up earlier in the day. As this is me we’re talking about, the pile of books often contained more than a few Doctor Who novelisations, but I also used to like to scare my socks off with the latest Pan Book of Horror or an old well-thumbed copy of a Fontana Great Book of Ghost Stories.
Many of those stories – and the nightmares they induced – have stayed with me ever since, as has my love of short stories. I am therefore pleased as punch to be editing a new anthology of ghost stories, which is coming out just in time for Halloween – The Obverse Book of Ghosts.
Here’s the official press release:
THE OBVERSE BOOK OF GHOSTS
Edited by Cavan Scott
Published in hardback by Obverse Books in October 2010
Think ghosts just hang around spooky old houses or crumbling graveyards?
Obverse Books is proud to announce a new collection of contemporary ghost stories that will unnerve and terrify.
The Obverse Book of Ghosts collects 14 tales of spectral terror, guaranteed to leave you awake at night.
Editor Cavan Scott says: “The Obverse Book of Ghosts follows in the phantasmagorical footsteps of those classic supernatural anthologies of the past, but drags the unquiet dead screaming into the 21st Century. After all, isn’t it about time we were once again afraid of things that go bump in the night?”
Contributors to this exciting new anthology include:
•George Mann (The Affinity Bridge, Ghosts of Manhattan)
•Paul Magrs (Creator of Iris Wildthyme, The Brenda and Effie Series)
•Tom Fletcher (The Leaping)
•Guy Adams (The World House, Torchwood: The House That Jack Built)
•Rebecca Levene (The Infernal Game series, Tomes of the Dead: Anno Mortis)
•Johnny Mains (Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories)
•Mark Michalowski (Being Human: Chasers, Doctor Who: Shining Darkness)
•Mark Wright (Doctor Who: Project Destiny, co-producer of Iris Wildthyme audios)
•Nick Walters (Doctor Who: Reckless Engineering, Doctor Who: The Fall of Yquatine)
•Scott Handcock (Doctor Who: The Rising Night, Dark Shadows: The Skin Walkers )
•Stuart Douglas (Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus, Miss Wildthyme and Friends Investigate)
The Obverse Book of Ghosts also features short-story debuts from TV scriptwriter Philip Meeks and journalist Nick Peers.