A thrilling supernatural adventure: dark, funny, with twists at every turn. Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Prize 2016.
When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father's ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they're more than happy to take his son. It isn't fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.
Halloween, the night when the ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching. With the help of school witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic, and send the unquiet spirits to their eternal rest. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about.
Hunt's gripping first novel introduces British 16-year-old Luke Manchett, who discovers that his late, estranged father was a necromancer and that he has left Luke millions of pounds in his will as well as eight ghosts. This "Host" its members include the "Judge," a hulking skinhead punk, and the "Heretic," a human skeleton engulfed by flames who screams prayers in Latin "at foghorn volume" was bound to his father and is now bound to Luke. Theoretically, the Host must do whatever Luke orders, but some of the ghosts are deeply malevolent and just waiting for a chance to wrest control away from him, something that will require the deaths of both Luke and his disabled mother. Worse, Halloween is coming, when the Host is strongest. Aided by high school outcast Elza Moss, a sarcastic outsider with second sight, he must find a way to release the Host from their captivity while protecting himself and those he holds dear. With well-drawn characters, some truly creepy ghouls, and entertaining banter, this is a self-assured debut that's as funny as it is terrifying. Ages 14 up.