This addictive YA horror about a group of teen ghost hunters who spend the night in a haunted LA hotel is The Blair Witch Project for the TikTok generation.
"Fast-paced and freaky."—Kendare Blake, #1 NYT bestselling author of All These Bodies
Enjoy your stay...
When the YouTube-famous Ghost Gang—Chrissy, Chase, Emma, and Kiki—visit a haunted LA hotel notorious for tragedy to secretly film after dark, they expect it to be just like their previous paranormal huntings. Spooky enough to attract subscribers—and ultimately harmless.
But when they stumble upon something unexpected in the former room of a gruesome serial killer, they quickly realize that they’re in over their heads.
Sometimes, it’s the dead who need our help—and the living we should fear.
A ghost vlog turns murder mystery in Fulton and McClaren's layered horror debut. When Las Vegas based YouTube group the Ghost Gang alternating narrators white Chrissy, Filipinx and Irish Chase, presumed-white Emmaline, and Kiki, who has "dark brown skin" head to L.A.'s infamous Hearst Hotel to film over Halloween, Chase is sure the visit will earn them the Gold Play button that comes with amassing one million subscribers. As Chrissy, the group's sole psychic member, picks up the hotel's overwhelming spiritual energy and encounters the ghosts of murdered women, she also meets fellow psychic Bram Kelly, white and Australian, who's there investigating the death of a grad student whose remains were found in the hotel 10 years prior. While filming the room where a serial killer purportedly died by suicide, the Gang encounters the body of a house cleaner, launching their dabblings into a full inquiry. True crime buffs will recognize the story's inspiration as the real-life Cecil Hotel, and though Fulton and McClaren successfully depict the terror of the supernatural occurrences and adhere to common mystery tropes, the depiction of Skid Row ("the most haunted hotel in America in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Los Angeles") and the variation on a real-life disappearance feel exploitative. Ages 12 up. Agent: Katie Shea Boutillier, Donald Maass Literary.