Nightmares from the Graveyard

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
When Danny and Jake enter the graveyard on Halloween, for a bet, Danny climbs the wall of a mausoleum, loses his footing, and falls inside. Upon regaining his senses, Danny realises he is not alone in the tomb. He shares this dark place with a strange, shadowy man who loves to tell scary stories to pass the time. As the night progresses, Danny learns that there is much more to fear than stories. More
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About John Clewarth

John was born in 1962, in a Yorkshire mining village called Featherstone. He was lucky enough to be brought up in a very happy home, and doubly lucky to have grown up around the time of the Hammer horror films and television shows such as The Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense and Tales of the Unexpected. As he got a little older, as a treat, he was allowed to stay up on a Friday night and watch the spine-tingling series: Appointment With Fear. Couple all this with the great Pan Books of Horror and the plethora of ‘true’ ghost stories that featured in around his local area, and it is perhaps no surprise that John began writing dark, spooky stories.
John has a great career in teaching and loves his job. The youngsters he teaches are excellent sources of inspiration and he finds it useful when writing dialogue and forming characters, to draw upon some of the things he sees and hears at school! John is a natural story-teller and greatly enjoys shaping ideas into tales and fully-developed novels. He writes mainly, but not exclusively, for children and young adults, but has had over 50 short stories published in the independent press under the pseudonym, John Saxton; including a collection of adult horror stories, entitled ‘Bloodshot’.
His first novel, ‘Firestorm Rising’, is a chilling tale, inspired by a visit to a gothic graveyard one dark, rainy day. It is aimed at the 9 to 12 age range, but would certainly appeal to older readers too - it was a finalist in The People's Book Prize 2013. His second novel, ‘Demons in the Dark’, is a horror story, broadly aimed at the 10-14 age range, but with an eye on the young adult market. John believes that horror should be scary but fun, and loves to lace his stories with humour. For further details and sneaky previews of these, along with John’s future projects, please visit his website:
John lives near the ancient town of Pontefract with his wife and two sons and – because of his teaching job and busy family life - he writes mainly after dark. He is currently at work on the sequel to ‘Firestorm Rising’, which will be ready for release later in the year.
Nightmares from the Graveyard is a free gift, as a thank you to all his readers.

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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on June 4, 2015 :
Absolutely delightful! It says "young adult or teen", but if you've ever been a fan of anthology horror, these stories should be right up your alley, no matter your age.

When I was still in elementary school, I first discovered "Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark" in the school library, and devoured them like there was no tomorrow. If this had been on the shelf next to them, I would have gladly added it to my menu.
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Review by: John Bull on July 12, 2014 :
Good story for young adult and late teen but was too complex for my younger children. Scary story which I enjoyed as an adult with six children.
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Review by: charlotte bloomfield on June 18, 2013 :
Very scary and superbly written. This is a fantastic collection of spooky short stories which create a great atmosphere and if you like reading ghostly/spine-chilling stories and enjoy the sensation of being scared, then these are for you.
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Review by: Moirrey on June 14, 2013 :
Superbly written. The scary atmosphere holds you from the first sentence. Three magnificent stories joined together by a skilful device where a young boy accepts a dare and ends up in a circle of mausoleums being told stories by a shadowy figure. If you like horror stories, you will revel in this book.
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Review by: Oliver EADE on June 11, 2013 :
Prepare to be chilled to your graveyard bones. John Clewarth has a knack for turning up the terror - for transporting the reader into cold dark places where even death would come as a welcome relief from the fear. A prep school master turned fox, the goading of a giant spider wearing the Lucy Wigmore pig tails that young Oliver used to love to tug (how did the writer know the character's namesake this side of the computer screen also suffers from arachnophobia - creepy?). A must read for those who like to be scared.
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Review by: Wendy Leighton-Porter on June 10, 2013 :
Any boy daft enough to spend Hallowe'en in a graveyard deserves to be scared silly, but what happens to young Danny goes way beyond that. I won't give the game away, but let's just say that he gets a lot more than he bargained for. When he encounters a strange old man who decides to "entertain" him with some terrifying stories especially for Hallowe'en, the poor lad grows increasingly scared to the point of fearing for his life. If you want to know what happens to Danny, you'll just have to read this spine-chilling tale of the supernatural - just don't read it on Hallowe'en! John Clewarth has a real skill for writing spooky stories for youngsters and this one is guaranteed to satisfy any young reader who is hungry for horror!
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