This stand-alone title introduces terrifying Black Annis, a monster who devours children’s flesh and makes clothes from their skin. Callum is the only chime child left standing between humans and Netherworld demons, but his fearless goth friend Melissa is now taking witchcraft lessons from Callum’s grandmother and providing much-needed assistance. Characterization is slight but not crucial, as Slater’s nightmarish atmosphere, packed with ghosts, a sinister coven, misty graveyards, and ruined churches, is an unforgettable character in itself. Mildly gory, it’s a page-turner for those who prefer paranormal to romance. A brief preview of the next title promises more of the same, and won’t come soon enough for series fans. Grades 6-10. --Debbie Carton
About the Author
Adam Slater doesn’t scare easily, which is lucky, because his study overlooks a graveyard. He has a degree in folklore and an unhealthy love of horror films, which inspire his writing. He lives in the United Kingdom.