Warning: Not to be Read After Dark
Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher. He has three children and nine grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Most of the places in the Spook's books are based on real places in Lancashire. And the inspiration behind the stories often comes from local ghost stories and legends.
"Joseph Delaney's terrifying and brilliant Wardstone Chronicles probes the nature of evil ... The ambiguous relationship between all the characters is as gripping as the gory battle against blood-sucking witches and demons, forcing its hero to continually question whether evil is inherited or chosen" -- Amanda Craig The Times "The Spook's Mistake is as good as, if not better than the previous four books in the Wardstone Chronicles series. Those who may have been concerned that the quality of the series may begin to wane needn't have feared as it continues to go from strength to strength" Fantasy Book Review