Book Review: Ghost – Illustratus [GIVEAWAY]

Author(s): Illustratus
Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle Books
Publication date: 13th August 2019


A finger against the inside of a mirror… a wood where the trees look back… a basement door blocked by a brick wall so thick, it stifles the screams from below…

This original collection of chilling poems and tales contains the only true ghost stories in existence (as the book itself will tell you) – 13 eerie encounters perfect for sharing…if you dare.

Accompanied by striking illustrations and building to a truly spine-tingling conclusion, this haunting book will consume the imagination and keep readers of every age up long past their bedtimes.

Taken from Ghost


Some people say you should never judge a book by its cover. I say throw that rule out the window and let yourself be taken in by the spookily sparse cover. Be warned… what you read inside may just give you nightmares.

Ghost is a collection of thirteen stunningly illustrated ghost stories. As an 80s child I have clear memories of exchanging scary stories with friends at sleepovers, in a dark room with nothing but a torch. We’d do our best to scare each other and for me, I can tell you it often worked!

An image from The Library

This book is a reminder of a time before the internet where ghost stories came from books but also from word of mouth, with slight adaptations depending on who was telling it and who had told them about it.

If you love good, old-fashioned ghost stories with dark basements, creaking floorboards and ominous cold drafts which make you hide under the covers, then you will love this book.

My favourite story from the collection is Depth, a story that takes place in a sunken submarine. But what lurks beneath the surface?

A snippet of an illustration from Depth

I have thalassophobia (broadly, a fear of deep/open water) so the illustrations alone here made my palms sweat. Even though I can barely watch some scenes in Finding Nemo, I thoroughly enjoyed being slightly freaked out by this tale. I also loved The Library; I mean, who can resist the musty rooms of an old library?

As much as it is only July (at the time of writing) this book would make some excellent early Hallowe’en prep.

This is marketed as a children’s book but I’d recommend it for anyone who loves ghost stories. However, as much as I would’ve devoured this at the age of 8 or 9, please judge your purchasing based on the maturity of the reader (in other words, try not to freak out sensitive youngsters!).

Many thanks to Abrams and Chronicle Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Giveaway

I love this book so much and it has brought me so much joy, that I want to do a giveaway. This giveaway is open to everyone as long as the Book Depository ships to you.

All you have to do is head over to Twitter and retweet my pinned tweet.

This giveaway closes on 31st July 2019. There are no alternative books available and no cash alternative.

Good luck – and sleep well…

This giveaway is not sponsored by the publisher.

Taken from Eyes Closed

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You can support your local bookshop by buying Ghost through them directly, or via Hive.

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