Competition Winners – #SaveOurMonsters

All last month you kept us entertained with your clever and creative ideas to cheer up Godzilla for our #SaveOurMonsters competition.

The competition is now closed and we have contacted the winners. And without further ado, take a look at the winning entrants:

Congratulations to all three of our winners – your prizes are being packaged up as we speak!

We hope you enjoy your copy of Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser, as well as all the other goodies coming your way.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry – you can still grab yourself a copy of Sad Monsters in paperback and e-book.

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Halloween Author Corner: Peter Underwood on Where the Ghosts Walk

It has been said that Peter Underwood, author of WHERE THE GHOSTS WALK has heard more ghost stories and spent more nights in haunted houses than any man alive. Dame Jean Conan Doyle used to introduce him to her friends as ‘the Sherlock Holmes of psychical research’.

Do you believe in ghosts? Peter Underwood reveals some of the spooky sights he visited whilst researching his new book – perhaps you could pay a visit yourself, and then make up your own mind.

This Halloween, WHERE THE GHOSTS WALK is your essential ghost-hunting companion. And it’s available as an e-book so you can download it now and start your ghost hunt straight away!

Where do ghosts walk? Now there’s a problem. That they do walk this earth seems incontestable when considering the evidence. From every part of the world, in every civilisation, since the beginning of recorded history to the present time, there is good evidence of ghostly forms being seen by observant people with objective minds and healthy bodies.

They are seen when least expected and usually to persons in a relaxed state of mind; but the fact that there are instances of a particular ghostly figure – be it a monk, a child, a nun or whatever – being seen at a specific place by different people, on different occasions by witnesses who have no previous knowledge that such a figure has been seen there previously, suggest that there is something about some areas that make it more likely that such a figure will be seen there and that there are indeed such things as ghosts that are sometimes seen by some people in some places.

There are literally hundreds of books detailing ghost sightings in theatres, pubs, castles, private houses – even fires stations, police stations and ballrooms, but in WHERE THE GHOSTS WALK I have sought to recount reliable instances of ghosts being outdoors as opposed to in buildings. We examine haunted airfields, graveyards, bridges, woods and waters, to mention just a few. Discover places frequented by ghosts and ghostly activity that can be visited by anyone at any time.

In this, my 50th published work, among the first-hand evidence I include is that of Prudence Pepper, a former ambulance driver with the London Fire Service who heard, time after time, the unmistakable sounds of planes coming in to land at deserted Davidstow in Cornwall. During visits to the airfield I heard many stories of seemingly inexplicable happenings, sounds of wartime activity, glimpses of wartime personnel, and other replays of long ago happenings.

At the Cerne Abbas giant I talked with a young couple who had both seen four ancient figures on the giant hill carving, absorbed in some sort of primitive ritual; figures that abruptly and mysteriously disappeared in a puzzling fashion.

At Honiton in Devon a haunted highway harbours a phantom soldier, thought to be one of Monmouth’s men who fled after fighting at Sedgemoor. He has been encountered by two school teachers and a party of schoolchildren, before suddenly disappearing.

Cwmdonkin Park in Wales is haunted by its most famous son, Dylan Thomas; Greenwich Park boasts several ghosts; Swanage, Brighton and Isfield are only three of the haunted railway stations included; while ruins with ghosts include Corfe Castle, Caephilly, Margam and Netley. Among the seascapes are Boscastle, Beachy Head and Sandwood Bay in Scotland; while haunted woods and trees are to be found in London, Blandford Forum, Windsor and Northampton.

All in all, the world is a strange place where, from time to time, ghosts walk.

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween from all of us at Souvenir Press! Things are getting spooky here in the office – and not just because the office poltergeist is up to his old tricks! Read on for a few recommendations that will make your Halloween spooktacular.

Where the Ghosts Walk is a must-read for any would-be ghost hunter this Halloween. Packed with information including loads of places where ghosts have been seen outside – that is, places anyone can visit at any time – it is sure to have something in your local area. From haunted railways and roads, to abandoned airfields and old gardens, this is the “definitive guide to the haunted places of Britain”. The fiftieth book from the UK’s leading expert on the paranormal, Where the Ghosts Walk is the culmination of a lifetime’s work by Peter Underwood. So grab some friends, plenty of torches, and maybe a few snacks for the road… and get ghost hunting!

Or if you’re easily frightened and would rather spend your Halloween curled up on the sofa than out looking for things that go bump in the dark October night, why not try a sample of Sad Monsters, a collection of short stories by Frank Lesser.

  • Did you hear what happened when Megan Fox met Bigfoot?
  • And what about that guy who went on a date with Medusa?
  • Did you know that Son of Godzilla never calls anymore?
  • Have you ever wondered how to train a werewolf? (Because they really do make great pets – once you get the initial teething problems out of the way)

Frank Lesser uncovers the softer side of some of the world’s most fearsome monsters, making Sad Monsters the perfect Halloween read for the easily scared, or those who are looking for laughs rather than upping the fear factor!

Check out our Halloween newsletter for more spooky delights, and be sure to stock up on sweets for any trick-or-treaters who might be doing the rounds tonight!

Have a spooktastic Halloween!

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Sad Monsters: A Competition

– COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED –

#SaveOurMonsters!

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Enter our Halloween-themed competition to win one of three exclusive goody bags. UK only, competition ends 31st October at 5pm.

We are now only a week away from publication of Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser, illustrated by Willie Real, so now is the perfect time to join our Save Our Monsters campaign!

Take Godzilla, for example. Godzilla is really having a bad day. Even destructive rampages aren’t as much fun as they used to be, and Son of Godzilla never calls any more. What’s a giant monster to do?

Think you could cheer him up? We’re giving away three exclusive goody bags containing a copy of Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser, Where the Ghosts Walk by Peter Underwood, and a selection of other treats.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these fab freebies, take a look at Willie Real’s illustration, below, and tell us how you would cheer up Godzilla.

To enter, tweet us @SouvenirPress with your idea to cheer up Godzilla, using the hashtag #SaveOurMonsters. If you’re feeling creative, you could even send us a little doodle. We don’t know how Godzilla feels about doodles, but we love them.

If you’re not on Twitter, fear not! You can still enter by email: just put Save Our Monsters in the subject line and tell us how you would cheer up Godzilla and get him back to his rampaging, destructive self that we all know and, er, fear.

UK only. Deadline for entries is 31st October at 5pm.

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Save Our Monsters!

With less than a month to go until Halloween, we are entering a critical time for our monster friends.

What if all those fearsome monsters you see in the movies or read about in books were just putting on an act for the media? What if they were simply misunderstood, living forever in the shadow of one event? It would be like forever judging Britney for the hair-shaving incident of 2007, or Prince Harry for his escapades in Vegas. Memorable, yes, but surely not their defining moment?

Did you know, for example, that Godzilla never hears from Son of Godzilla any more? And that mummies can be very body conscious in all those horizontal stripes? And that werewolves actually make great pets, once you get past the initial teething difficulties…

All these monsters we know and fear are really just looking for love and understanding. This Halloween, why not try and get to know the monster behind the name.

Join our Save Our Monsters campaign today – discover Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser, and find out the truth about Dracula, Godzilla, Bigfoot and more.

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