The Ghost Prison

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 9+

Chillers Children's & Young Adult Fiction & True Stories, Witches & Ghosts Horror & Ghost Stories

‘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.


Joseph Delaney used to be an English teacher, before becoming the best-selling author of the Spook's series, which has been published in 24 countries and has sold over a million copies. The first book, The Spook's Apprentice, is now a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.


Steeped in superstition . . . Will satisfy the most hardened fan of horror.

The Times

Spine-tingling . . . will scare even the bravest readers!

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading

Well written and scary

Books for Keeps

A perfect Halloween read for young readers

The Chronicle (Dudley)

Spine tingling story with many jumpy moments – not for the faint hearted!

Primary Times

Spooky, mysterious, with a good twist to the tale.

Reading Zone

An excellent book and one which would be wonderful for reading aloud at Halloween

The School Librarian

This grim tale is very handsomely presented and will appeal to fearless young readers with a taste for the macabre.


Excellent for reluctant older readers.

Creative Steps

Deliciously dark and macabre… with excellent and atmospheric black and white illustrations throughout.

Armadillo Magazine

Eerie and atmospheric

The Bookseller

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