The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney
‘This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you’d face your worst nightmare. Don’t ever go through there.’
Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can’t be used, whispers and cries in the night… and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out…
An unforgettable ghost story from the creator of the Wardstone Chronicles (Spook’s Apprentice) series.
Illustrated throughout by the incredible Scott M Fischer, this beautifully produced book will make the perfect Halloween gift.
This is a quick and fun read. The Ghost Prison is only 112 pages, printed with a very large font & includes graphics to support the storyline. So, really, the story is only about 50 pages or so. This was my first time reading a work by Joseph Delaney and I was pleasantly surprised. This man knows how to tell a story!
Normally ghost stories targeted for children don’t appeal to me. I automatically assume that if something is for children it won’t deliver a real scare.
This story was great. It had just the right amount of depth to the characters. I liked the back-story of the prison and the stories behind the ghosts. The graphics were great, they certainly amped up the spookiness of the book. The illustrator clearly worked hard to showcase the story in graphics, which is great. It is not often that the graphics follow a story so well.
The ending is shocking and I found it to be absolutely perfect.
This is a perfect read for 10+. It is a ton of fun packed into a tiny book.
Thank you, Raincoast Canada for the review copy.