Got Ghosts?

A paranormal romp featuring ghosts, missing paintings, happy - and unhappy - mediums, and yet more ghosts, all set in a haunted manor house.

Got Ghosts? e-book available!

The e-book of Got Ghosts? is now available from the Fox Spirit Books catalogue.

Got Ghosts?

"Some psychic you are, darling - you didn't see that coming at all!"

Haunted manor house Greystones Hall is filled to the brim with ghosts. It's also falling to bits, and artist owner Emily doesn't have the money to refurbish the place. When the makers of hit tv show 'Got Ghosts?' offer to pay for a weekend's filming there she jumps at the chance, even though she and her ghostly grandfather Gramps have reservations.

The reservations seem to be misplaced when the film crew swing into action, and producer Carl turns out to be dark, handsome and very available. But Emily soon starts to have doubts about the methods they use, which Carl won't discuss. Then the show's resident medium Stella stirs up a new and malevolent spirit, revealing a dark secret at the heart of the house that has been hidden for centuries.

And when Emily's own safety is threatened, together with that of her ghosts and her beloved Gramps, will it be Carl who comes to the rescue, or someone much more unexpected?

"...a ghostly cast, a deep rooted mystery... a little bit of cheeky romance and a good dose of humour."
JenMed's Book Reviews

"...spooky chills with plenty of light-hearted laughter."
Matt Hilton, author of 'Preternatural' and 'The Shadows Call'

"...a humorous ghost story with an old English charm."
Tom Adams, author of 'The Psychonaut' and 'Coffin Dodger'

Published by Fox Spirit Books; stunning cover art by Vincent Holland-Keen.

Excerpt

Here's a few paragraphs from near the start of the book, to give you a taster of what it's like.

Emily was in the library dusting endless stacks of books when the phone rang. It was one of her least favourite chores so she wasn't too unhappy about the interruption. She stifled a sneeze and picked up the receiver. "Hello?"

"Miss Price? This is Angelica from Angelic Productions, the makers of the hit TV show 'Got Ghosts?'. I don't know if you've heard of us?"

"Um, I think so," Emily said, balancing the feather duster on the edge of a shelf and perching her buttocks on the desk.

"Oh, good," said the voice, which was female, deep, and thoroughly in control. In that case I don't need to explain. Shall I say we'll see you on the twenty-seventh?"

"Erm, yes. I mean no," said Emily, trying to collect her scattered thoughts. She'd just been day-dreaming about Johnny Depp and the transition to ghosts was not a happy one. "Look, what d'you mean, see me?"

The voice gained an edge of impatience. "I mean we'll be coming out to film on the twenty-seventh."

"Oh, right. Er, film what, precisely?"

‘I see I shall have to explain after all. Miss Price, the 'Got Ghosts?' crew spends the weekend at a haunted property and films the results. The programme goes out on the Paranormal Channel at nine pm Mondays and Thursdays and our ratings are very good.’ The impatience was turning to the hurt of an abandoned dog and Emily, kind-hearted to a fault, hurried to appease.

‘Oh yes, I'm sure they are.’

‘We have it on the very best authority,’ the voice continued as though it hadn't even heard, ‘that your property, Greystones Hall, is one of the most haunted houses in England. Isn't that right, Miss Price?’

‘Er, well, I suppose....’ said Emily, chewing a finger nail.

‘Splendid. We'd like to come and film your ghosts on the weekend of the twenty-seventh to the twenty-ninth. If that's all right with you.’

The voice didn't leave much room for negotiation, but Emily baulked at the idea of allowing her beautiful peaceful home to be overrun by cameras and clipboards and people yelling 'cut'. ‘I'm not sure....’

‘We will pay, of course,’ the voice added.

Emily closed her mouth again.

'Ghost' guest posts

Lots of people have been kind enough to feature Got Ghosts? on their blogs and websites. Here's a selection of places where I chat about different aspects of the book:

It's history, Jim, but not as we know it: the historical background of the book, courtesy of Deborah Swift

Where there's a ghost there's a... crime! Ghosts mean deaths, not all of them natural, as I explain at Ellie Sisson's blog

Most Haunted: real, fake, or somewhere in between? A discussion of the TV series that helped inspire the book, at The Spooky Isles magazine

If Heyer did horror: the inspiration provided by some of Georgette Heyer's more lighthearted crime books

An Appreciation of Cover Art: a detailed look at Vincent Holland-Keen's colourful cover art for Got Ghosts?

"Unseen forces attacked me in my brand new flat" - a look at some of my own hair-raising experiences of ghosts, at Spooky Isles magazine

Ghosts, more ghosts and the Mona Lisa: Lacey Dearie interviews me during a "visit" to Greystones Hall, with some rather unfortunate consquences!

Hanging out with a hippo! Fun questions including which Got Ghosts? character I'd most like to spend time with, at the Haphazardous Hippo blog

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