In 1991, Andrew Webb and his new wife prepare to move into their new home totally unaware of the horrors that awaited them. What followed was a terrifying ordeal of ghosts and strange happenings, now twenty five years later, Webb has used that terror as inspiration for his debut novel.
"The Armour of Light" is a welcome return to real horror and a good antidote to sparkly vampires or endless slasher novels which all start with a group of teens losing their way in some woods. The plot of the book follows closely his own experiences and it is this element of reality which makes it all the more frightening.
Like most of us, Andrew had never given a great deal of thought about the possibility of ghosts or possessions then in one night all that changed and for the next fifteen years he and his wife endured a succession of hauntings and apparitions. Like the famous Enfield Haunting some years earlier things started slowly, firstly with an inexplicable and prolonged power cut then strange noises. After enduring this for a week things suddenly escalated into the most terrifying ordeal when, one night whilst settling for sleep, a black cloud appeared in their room and a few days later an apparition of an elderly man appeared.
“We set out to investigate the history of the house in a little more depth,” said Andrew. “What we discovered was quite shocking. It seems that a doctor’s house had had once stood on the spot and had been used by an occultist group to commune with the dead."
Although primarily a work of fiction, The Armour of Light follows the themes of his own experiences.
“We were very pleased to be able to secure the rights to this,” said Sarah Luddington, Mirador Publishing’s Commissioning Editor. “Too many so-called horror stories these days fall into the familiar patterns and the only mystery is in which order will the teenagers die. Andrew has brought the genre back to where it belongs, true horror.”
"The Armour of Light" is available now through all good bookshops and online both as paperback and all main eBook formats.
The Armour of Light is published by Mirador Publishing who can be contacted via their website at www.miradorpublishing.com