Demonic burn marks on the arms of witnesses, the wet footprints of unsettling child spirits appearing on the floor, and a piano being played by unseen hands. These strange real-life experiences of television ghost hunter, Yvette Fielding, have inspired the paranormal activity in the second book in her children's series, 'The Ghost Hunter Chronicles'.
'Ghost Hunter Chronicles: The Ripper of Whitechapel' might be aimed at children aimed aged 11 and up, but that doesn't mean it shies away from descriptions of terrifying encounters with the darkest of demonic entities and horrific real-life paranormal activity based on Yvette's own experience as a ghost hunter.
The book, the second in Yvette's series of ghost-hunting themed books for the kids is released on September 29 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon
. It's packed full of more ghostly goings on than before and transports the reader into a magical world of spooks that would be every ghost hunters' dream.
It once again revolves around Eve Proud, Tom Lake, and Clovis Gayle - three best friends with a passion for paranormal investigation. Things get much darker for the three teenagers in their second adventure when they give up their summer holiday to investigate a report of a particularly violent haunting, which seems to have links to on of London's most infamous former residents.
The trio are guided on their first proper assignment by Eve's Uncle Rufus and his bulldog, Boris. But they're not alone. The kids soon learn from Uncle Rufus that they have the backing of a fantastical organisation dedicated to dealing reports of hauntings from around the world.
From their London headquarters, the Society of Paranormal Investigation is like a cross between the Ministry of Magic and the high-security base of Jack Bauer in '24', the Counter Terrorism Unit. This prestigious supernatural-CTU-like society is based in a top secret base hidden right beneath the city of London.
But the focus of the story, and the haunting, is a primary school just a couple of miles away in Whitechapel, an area of the East End that in 1888 was the stalking ground of serial killer, Jack the Ripper. The gang are sent to the school after reported sightings of the ghosts of two young children, but before long they realise there is more to this haunting than they first realised, when it seems the ghost children are victims of Jack the Ripper.
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Although aimed at kids, Yvette's second book is quite literally the stuff of nightmares in places. She doesn't hold back when describing the disturbing encounters at the school, from a devilish entity's sadistic attack on the headmaster, to Eve, Tom and Clovis' attempts to uncover the unsettling reason why the spirits of the two children are trapped in the classrooms.
'The Ripper of Whitechapel' cleverly ties in with an unresolved supernatural experience that featured at the start of the first book in the 'Ghost Hunter Chronicles' series, 'The House In The Woods' when the three kids encounter the ghost of the infamous serial killer in a creepy haunted graveyard.
Much of the ghostly goings-on in the book are based on Yvette's first-hand experience as a paranormal investigator on the iconic television show, 'Most Haunted', which this year celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first ever episode.
Yvette pulls from several moments of the show, including the ghostly sound of a piano being played by unseen hands, to extreme drops in temperature. The gang of kids rely on many of the tried and tested methods and gadgets that Yvette and her team have used over the years, including EMF meters, night vision cameras and EVP recorders.
Even Boris is based on Yvette's real-life dog, Watson, who has become part of her investigation team and has even appeared on several episodes of 'Most Haunted'.
Throw in more peculiar inventions from Uncle Rufus, an underground base, a secret society, and teenage angst as one member of the gang's own personal demons convince them to embark on a reckless but compassionate quest, and you've got another exciting supernatural adventure that will captivate any teenager with a fascination with things that go bump in the night.