Nightmares from the Graveyard

      John Clewarth / Young Adult / Horror
Nightmares from the Graveyard

When Danny and Jake enter the graveyard on Halloween, for a bet, Danny climbs the wall of a mausoleum, loses his footing, and falls inside. Upon regaining his senses, Danny realises he is not alone in the tomb. He shares this dark place with a strange, shadowy man who loves to tell scary stories to pass the time. As the night progresses, Danny learns that there is much more to fear than stories.Young Danny and his friend, Jake, love everyting about Halloween - and are regular 'Trick or Treaters'. On their way home after a particularly good Halloween night, full of candy and chocolate, they simply had to stop off and visit Blacklow Cemetery. The huge, circular mausoleum, with its imposing high wall and the strange old tree at its centre was the focus of a bet. Would Danny have the courage to scale the wall and climb up on top, to look down at the mysterious interior of this communal grave? You bet! And what's more, he would win ten pounds from his best friend, Jake, for taking the dare!But when Danny loses his balance and falls inside, suddenly it's not so much fun any more.As Jake runs for help, and Danny's spinning senses start to clear, he realises he is not alone inside the circular tomb. He has a companion, the strange and shadowy Mr Fraxinus; a man who seems to enjoy Halloween just as much as Danny and Jake. A man who likes to pass the time telling stories of a distinctly spooky nature...And with each story told, Danny's sense of very real terror begins to increase.A collection of linked short and scary stories, from master macabre-story teller, John Clewarth - author of The People's Book Prize 2013 finalist, Firestorm Rising, and the newly released, Demons in the Dark.Be sure to read these tales with the lights on - and keep telling yourself: 'They're only stories.... They're only stories...'Now. Are you brave enough to step inside Blacklow Cemetery, on Halloween?Go on, I dare you...
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