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TOP AUTHORS WRITE GHOST STORIES INSPIRED BY ENGLISH HERITAGE SITES

The new collection of short stories, produced by English Heritage, will feature original work from leading authors including Mark Haddon, Sarah Perry and Max Porter.

A compilation of eight new ghost stories inspired by English Heritage's historic sites will be published this October ahead of the charity's Halloween season.

The stories will feature in the new book Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories. Eight of the country's foremost novelists and short story writers have been commissioned for the project, including bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, and author of The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry.

Other writers include Max Porter, Kate Clanchy, Stuart Evers, Andrew Hurley, Kamila Shamsie and Jeanette Winterson.

Each writer has been asked to create a story inspired by - and set within the walls of - one of English Heritage's historic properties. Among the sites to feature are the York Cold War BunkerDover Castle and Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall.

The book will also include an essay on the tradition of the English ghost story by Andrew Martin and a gazetteer of those English Heritage sites with ghostly associations. 

This is the first time the charity has commissioned new works of fiction and proceeds from the book will go towards site conservation across the country.

 

Channel website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

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