With Halloween nearly upon us, I thought it was only fitting to cover something spooky. I’ll have to fess up to the fact that I’ve never been a massive fan of dressing up and traipsing around houses, so my contribution to the festivities is reviewing not one, but two ghostly ebooks that are definitely treats and not tricks.
Both are written by a local author (who isn’t revealing his identify which is adding to the mystery!), so they’re penned under the name, Lily Rooney. From County Down, this author got his inspiraton from his ‘Nanny Peg’ who used to read to him when he was younger. He said, “Nanny Peg bought me ghost books for Christmas and to be honest I didn’t really think the subject matter was that good. I wrote these book because I wanted my daughter to be able to read something exciting and thrilling when she was older. Maybe being from Northern Ireland has given me the story telling gene and what better subject matter than mystical locations from across the province.”
The books are both available on Amazon Kindle and with no overhead costs its one of the easiest way to publish these days. The first is Northern Ireland’s Most Haunted Places, which is a great book for highlighting ten of the most exciting and lets face it, slightly creepy places that exist all around us. From the most well-known locations, such as Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol and The Dark Hedges, to other roads less traveled such as Crawfordsburn Country Park, where ghosts hide in the shadows waiting for passersby.
So get your flashlights handy and make sure you’re not alone, because after reading these stories, you might finally realise… you’re never really alone. Eeeekkkk, sounds scary already and it’s still daylight!!
If you want to continue the spooky theme, then the second book-Slipway Ghostly Encounters: A Ghost Ship Story from the Shipyard of the Titanic is perfect. Set in Edwardian Belfast in 1910, the story focus on Robert Hill, who is working on slipway number two in Harland and Wolff shipyard. He’s there to guard a half-built boat, the Titanic, destined one day to be the pride of the White Star Line.
However, when Bob starts to hear voices in the river mist calling his own name he quickly realises that there might be more to the old Belfast shipyard than he once thought. As reality starts to horribly unravel around him Bob and his worried family must make a terrible choice between preserving his own life and solving the mystery of the Slieve Bawn and her ghostly crew.
Ooh scary… and it does live up to the hype. Being based in Titanic Qr, where I work means I see all the places on my way into the office – I’m now just going to have to make a checklist of garlic, wooden stake and holy water alongside my laptop!
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