The Apparition Phase

The Apparition Phase

Shortlisted for the 2021 McKitterick Prize


Some ghosts never leave us.


'A wild rural gothic with some slick plotting . . . the perfect novel for our phantom present'

'Outstanding . . . ideal for fans of Andrew Michael Hurley' Metro
Twins Tim and Abi have always been different from their peers, spending their evenings in the attic of their parents' suburban house, poring over reports of the unexplained. Obsessed with photographs of ghostly apparitions, they decide to fake their own, and use it to frighten a girl at school.

But what was only supposed to be a harmless prank sets in motion a deadly and terrifying chain of events that neither of them could have predicted...
'Clear your diary, switch off your phone, and get lost in this atmospheric and madly gripping ghost story' Daily Mirror

'A nostalgic delight' Irish Independent

'Intriguing, atmospheric and utterly terrifying in parts' My Weekly


  • Outstanding debut ... ideal for fans of Andrew Michael Hurley

About the author

Will Maclean

Originally from the Wirral, Will Maclean has been fascinated by ghost stories since he was a child, and has been writing them almost as long as he can remember. He’s written for television professionally since 2006, during which time he’s worked as a scriptwriter for people as varied as Alexander Armstrong, Miranda Hart, Al Murray and Tracey Ullman. As well as comedy, he’s also written extensively for children’s television, where he’s been an integral part of writing teams that have picked up two BAFTAs and an International Emmy. He lives in London with his wife and young daughter.
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