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WARNING: NOT TO BE READ AFTER DARK . . . The seventh book in the terrifying Wardstone Chronicles, featuring Tom Ward, the Spook's Apprentice.

The Spook's Nightmare is the seventh book in Joseph Delaney's terrifying Wardstone Chronicles – over 3 million copies sold worldwide!

'I stood there, terrified. My master was about to die.'

The County is facing dark times, and the Spook is being haunted by terrifying dreams. With his precious library burned to the ground and his old enemy, Bony Lizzie, free once again, things are falling apart. As nightmares turn real, the Spook's powers seem to be waning just when he needs them the most. Can Tom, the Spook's apprentice, face the dark alone?


Delaney's mastery of suspense will grip even reluctant readers with his dramatic, beautifully paced prose.

Amanda Craig, The Times

. . . ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter. Be warned, these books are seriously scary . . . Beautifully produced and consistently surprising the weird and wonderful Wardstone Chronicles are an annual treat.

Amanda Craig, The Times

Wonderfully dark

The Bookseller

Another breathless thriller from the genius of magic and mayhem!

Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

Fans of Joseph Delaney's fantastic Wardstone Chronicles will need no urging to buy the latest instalment... Gripping, moving and terrifying for anyone of 10+.

Amanda Craig, The Times

No one does terror, and compassion, so well

Amanda Craig, The Times

Joseph Delaney's The Wardstone Chronicles are a series of books that have maintained the very highest standard for nearly a decade. The Spook's Nightmare is another excellent addition to the series. Highly recommended.

Fantasy Book Review

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 2, 2014

    Red Fox

    416 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    August 2, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    416 pages

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