Halloween a timely launch for ghost book

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A BOOK of spooky stories by amateur authors will be released this halloween.

The Stamford Book Of Ghost Stories is a collection of terrifying tales submitted for last year’s Stamford Festival of Ghosts writing competition.

The anthology will be released on Monday, October 31 at a launch party at Stamford Arts Centre.

Events administrator at the arts centre, Karen Burrows, who collated the book, said: “The Stamford Book of Ghost Stories contains some of the best writing our area has to offer.

“A wonderful, spooky little book to curl up in front of the fire with on a dark and stormy winters night.”

The book is being published by Walkers Bookshops in memory of the festival’s creative consultant and competition judge Mark Crick, who sadly died in March this year.

During the competition Mark had discussed with fellow judges Karen Burrows, best-selling author Sarah Waters, and Nicholas Rudd-Jones of Stamford Living that the quality of stories was so high it would be a shame if they were not published in a book.

Speaking in January this year, Mark said: “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the staff at Stamford Arts Centre for helping me bring the Stamford Festival of Ghosts to life.

“I am thrilled with the outcome of the ghost story writing competition and overwhelmed at the response it received.”

The book will be available at all Walkers Bookshops, Stamford Arts Centre and on Amazon.

It features the best local story winner Jimmy Pea of Stamford, who wrote The Curse of Hunger; the eight to 12 years winner Finn Hudson, 10, of Manthorpe, with The Beach House and the 12 to 16 years winner Camilla Beech, 15, of Tickencote, who wrote The Lake.

The festival was sponsored by Hegarty LLP solicitors, Stamford Living magazine and Rutland Radio.