Spotlight: Hunted by Heather Beck

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When darkness falls and the air turns cold, ghosts come out to play.
Heather Beck presents Haunted, an anthology of ghostly encounters and paranormal events.

Ghost Park
After discovering a mysterious playground in the woods, Chase is stalked by angry ghost children. 

A Haunting Past
Truce’s class trip to an old native reserve turns deadly when Bear, an infamous chief who died two hundred years ago, blames him for the tribe’s extinction.

The Manor On The Rocks
Grey, damp and surrounded by jagged rocks, Calla Lily’s new home isn’t only unpleasant, it’s also haunted by the world’s most evil boy.

A Medieval Nightmare
When Ellie and Brandon get trapped in a medieval museum that’s a bit too real, they fall under a spell and become pivotal players in a ghostly regime.

A Watery Grave
A camping trip becomes a heart-pounding race for survival when Justine meets a ghost who’s determined to change her fate by trading bodies with a living entity.

Haunted Excerpt

“Which room do I get?” Calla Lily asked anxiously, secretly hoping she’d get the room with the balcony.  

“Whatever one you like,” Mr. Milroy replied casually, before heading back to the car. “All the bedrooms are pretty much the same size.”

“Can I pick my bedroom now?” Calla Lily begged her mother.

Mrs. Milroy laughed. “Help us unload the car and then you can choose your bedroom.”

“Fine,” Calla Lily grumbled as she headed towards the car.

After Calla Lily had helped her parents, she decided to explore the house. She looked into the kitchen which was large and dusty. It had horrible-looking black and white tiles on the floor. She then walked through the den and living-room. Each room was dark and dusty and didn’t contain much.

Bored with the first level of the house, Calla Lily hurried to the stairs. The stairs to the upper level of the house were very old-fashioned. They were made from a dark brown wood, which Calla Lily guessed was oak, and twisted in a half-circle. She carefully stepped onto the spiral staircase and began to walk up. They creaked under her feet but felt steady and safe.  

The upper level of the house was so dark that Calla Lily couldn’t see her hands which she held in front of her face. She swept her hands over the cold walls until she felt a light switch. She turned it on and then gasped. In front of Calla Lily was an open door. Behind that door was the largest bedroom she’d ever seen.  

Calla Lily walked into the room, which only contained an empty bed frame, and began to dance around. Excited, she hurried to the large window and saw the balcony. I must have this room, she thought greedily to herself.

Calla Lily hurried out of the bedroom and down the stairs. “I thought we were downsizing our assets!” she cried as she hurried down the stairs. “This place rocks, literally!”

When Calla Lily reached the bottom of the stairs, she came to an abrupt halt and then let out a bloodcurdling scream. Standing just a few meters away from her was a transparent man and woman.

Mr. and Mrs. Milroy came running into the living-room at the sound of Calla Lily’s cry. As soon as they entered the room, the transparent couple vanished.

“What’s wrong?” Mrs. Milroy asked breathlessly.

“I…I just saw two ghosts,” Calla Lily stuttered.

“Two what?” Mr. Milroy asked with a puzzled look.

“I saw an elderly man and woman. They were dressed in old-fashioned clothing and their hands were reaching out as if to grab me.”

“Oh, honey,” Mrs. Milroy said sympathetically, reaching for her daughter just like the elderly man and woman had. “You’re seeing things. This house is dark and everything in it is unfamiliar. There are no ghosts.”

“You’re old enough to know that ghosts don’t exist,” Mr. Milroy scolded Calla Lily.

There was something in her father’s expression that scared Calla Lily. He looked just as unsure and frightened as she did. “I know what I saw,” she insisted.

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About the Author

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Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the best-selling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.

Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has a middle grade anthology slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include: Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.

Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.

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