When Herbie and Violet's arch-enemy Sebastian Eels turns up in Eerie-on-Sea, seemingly back from the dead, it can only spell bad news. The town may welcome his entrepreneurial scheme to resurrect Festergrimm's Waxworks, a dusty and defunct old gallery of spooky characters from Eerie legend, but Herbie and Violet are suspicious of his motives. And when they learn the legend of Ludo Festergrimm the clockmaker, creator of a vast mechanical robot that wrought havoc in the wrong hands, they KNOW they're on the right track. But how can they get the residents of Eerie-on-Sea to believe them?


Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. He illustrated the cover for the very first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels; most recently he illustrated Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, written by Marcus Sedgwick. This is his fourth title in the Legends of Eerie-on-Sea sequence; the first, Malamander, was published to huge acclaim in 2019 and was followed by the equally popular Gargantis and Shadowghast. Thomas lives on the south coast of England and can be found on Facebook and Twitter: @ThomasHTaylor


Thomas Taylor has created another original and somewhat chaotic ripping yarn.


There is much to enjoy about this series – from the fantastic characterisation and Herbie and Violet’s voices that you cannot help but enjoy as you follow them into their next great adventure. The creepiness is palpable and enjoyable, and the pacing and humour have not waned since Gargantis… There’s magic in Taylor’s writing that pulls you into Eerie-on-Sea, takes you on a grand, spooky, atmospheric adventure until you resurface at the other end.

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