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704 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781509816019

Rights: US

Pan Macmillan (May 2018)
Pan Books

Price: $13.95


Herbert's most controversial novel to date will make you wonder what is fact and what is fiction

They were miscreants with black souls, roaming the corridors and passageways. Infamous people thought long-deceased. Hiding and nurturing their evil in a basement full of secrets so shocking they would shake the world if they were ever revealed. David Ash, ghost hunter and parapychologist, arrives at Comraich Castle—a desolate, ancient place with a dark heart—to investigate a series of disturbing events. An incorporeal power has been ignited by a long-ago curse, fed and now unleashed by the evil of those who once inhabited this supposed sanctuary—and by some who still do. Yet their hour of retribution is at hand.


"A big, thrilling, pull-all-the-stops novel featuring David Ash, the skeptical psychic investigator who was introduced in Haunted (1988) and made his second appearance in The Ghosts of Sleath (1994). It's been awhile since fans have seen Ash, but they'll be pleased to note that he's lost none of his straight-shooting attitude and keen ability to distinguish between fear and paranoia and genuine otherworldly goings-on. . . . a gripping mixture of paranormal and traditional thriller elements. Imagine Herbert channeling Dan Brown and you'll have some idea of what he's up to here." —Booklist starred review

Author Biography

James Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer of chiller fiction, with 23 novels having sold more than 54 million copies worldwide.