Andersen Press has acquired Yvette Fielding's children's series The Ghost Hunter Chronicles, based on her experiences investigating the paranormal as the presenter of "Most Haunted" and "Ghosthunting with..."
Charlie Sheppard, publishing director, acquired world rights for the series directly from the author.
The series will launch with The House in the Woods in October 2021 and is aimed at readers aged 11 plus. The book will tell the story of three friends, Clovis, Eve and Tom, who decide to play with a ouija board in an abandoned house on Hallowe'en, but none of them foresee the horrors they will unleash. What starts out as a bit of fun soon builds into something far more terrifying when a distressed and determined spirit follows them home. Before long the friends are caught up in a series of events beyond their wildest imaginings and their journey as ghosthunters begins.
Sheppard commented: "We are thrilled to be welcoming Yvette and her fabulously spooky stories to the Andersen list. The tales she has to tell both on and off the page are truly terrifying and utterly convincing and we think children are going to love this world she has created."
Fielding said: "I was about nine years old when I became fascinated by the spooky world of the paranormal. It was all down to a television show, 'Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World', a 1970s popular series that opened my eyes to the possibility of different worldly realms, and I never looked back. Much of the phenomena that I write about in the book I have experienced first-hand; knocking noises, poltergeist activity, objects flying through the air and hitting me on the head, I’ve experienced them all. I have adored writing these books for that fascinated child I was — I didn’t wake up and decide to write a children’s book, I just put pen to paper and wrote for me. With the help of the team at Andersen Press I’ve discovered it just so happens that young adults seem to enjoy my spooky adventures. Knowing that what Eve, Tom and Clovis experience can really occur and has happened on real ghost investigations makes the books even more scary."
Andersen Press will mark the launch with a new paranormal investigation by Fielding, to be broadcast on the "Most Haunted" YouTube channel.