The Ghost Woods – Gothic folklore that includes ghosts, witches, magic, and queer love
The Ghost Woods tells the story of Pearl Gorham, who in 1965, was one of a string of young women sent to Lichen Hall to give birth. This place is shrouded in folklore – old stories of ghosts, of witches, of a child who is not quite a child. Now the woods are creeping closer, and something has been unleashed.
She soon suspects the proprietors are hiding something. Then she meets the mysterious mother and young boy who live on the grounds – and together they begin to unpick the secrets of this place. As the truth comes to the surface and the darkness moves in, Pearl must rethink everything she knew – and risk what she holds most dear.
Combining the difficult history of women in mid-20th century Scotland with a touch of magic and a queer love story about chosen family, The Ghost Woods by CJ Cooke is a standout contemporary Gothic novel.
Available from Harper Collins
C.J. Cooke is an acclaimed, award-winning poet, novelist and academic with numerous other publications written under the name of Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Her work has been published in twenty-three languages to date. Born in Belfast, C.J. has a PhD in Literature from Queen’s University, Belfast, and is currently Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she researches creative writing interventions for mental health. C.J. Cooke lives in Glasgow with her husband and four children.
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.