Title: Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase
Author: Jonathan Shroud
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers UK
The Lockwood & Co. series is, in my mind, the best horror series that is around at this point in time. The Screaming Staircase is the first book in the series and is absolutely wonderful and scary.
Lucy Carlyle is the story-teller and main character. Lucy is living in London where the ‘Ghost Problem’ is raging on for it’s 50th year. The Problem is dealt with by many different psychic investigation agencies that are dotted around London and Lucy works for the smallest of them, Lockwood & Co., as a psychic investigator. When one of the agency’s cases goes very wrong the agency is given a £60,000 bill to pay by the end of the month. If the bill isn’t paid then the agency will be shut down, it’s as simple as that.
But they have one case that will pay the bill and give them enough money to get back into business. The reputation that they’ll receive will also boost business. But in order to
get the money the agency’s psychic investigation team, Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins, must spend a night in the most haunted house in London.
I loved this book and would most certainly recommend it as an advanced horror book. I have to say though that I would only recommend it to horror lovers over the age of 11 because it is very scary as it’s title implies. I would rate it 10/10 as it is just brilliant and would, as I said, recommend it to all horror-lovers.