‘Scared of me, are you?’ jeered Florence. The rail moved slightly but she didn’t notice. ‘You should be,’ she added softly. Ante gasped. I must warn her! But it was as if her throat had closed and she couldn’t breathe, couldn’t form the words.
Crack. A tremor seemed to go through Florence. The smile vanished from her face. And in that moment, Ante saw what she hadn’t seen before. They were not alone. Next to Florence stood the dim, shadowy figure of a boy. No time to think who he was or how he’d got there.
‘Get back from the hand rail,’ she cried, her voice suddenly free. ‘It’s not safe!’
The next moment came a crash and a scream. Then all was darkness...
Twelve year-old Ante (Antonia) Alganesh has a problem. It’s lunchbreak and Florence’s gang are after her. Desperate for a place to hide, she climbs the forbidden staircase to the old organ loft, where a hundred years ago a boy tumbled to his death. No one will think of looking for her there... Except Florence. Petrified, Ante watches her enemy approach, leaning on the rotten hand-rail. She shouts a warning, but it’s too late. There’s a crash – and a boy appears from nowhere, just as a door opens in the wall behind them. All three find themselves in a tunnel leading to a river bank where people queue to be rowed across by a filthy old ferryman…
Forced to bury their differences, Ante and Florence accompany the strange boy, Gil, on a journey he should have taken 100 years ago through the Underworld. Making their way past the Shopping Maul and Multivice Complex, attacked by Cerberus, Harpies, Furies and the Minotaur, all this is bad enough: far worse is the doubt gnawing at Ante’s heart...
Ante’s Inferno is a gripping combination of fantasy, Greek mythology and adventure, for children aged 9-12 years old. Author Griselda is inspired by C. S. Lewis and Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth.
Ante’s Inferno can be obtained through all good bookshops, as well as direct from the publishers, Matador, and through Amazon. An E book version is also available.
THE TRAGICKALL HISTORY OF HENRY FOWST
Henry didn’t breathe. Crouched down he listened into the darkness, not daring to move his head. No sound, no light; if anything the darkness intensified, and that weird consciousness, that sense of something luring only just beyond the corner of his eye, returned with force.
In the shadows of Walton Hall a demon lurks. His name: Mephistopheles. In 1586, young John Striven struck a bargain with him in return for help against his murderous foster brother. Nice work for a demon – or it should have been. Because somehow, his plan to trap the 12-year-old went wrong. All he needs now is another soul, in similar desperation, to call on him.
Enter 13 year-old Henry Fowst. A pupil at Northwell School, Henry longs to win the Northwell History Essay Prize. Exploring the school’s sixteenth century library, he stumbles across the diary of a boy his own age beginning this 20th day of Januarie, 1586... Soon Henry is absorbed in John Striven’s struggles with his jealous foster-brother, Thomas Walton, who, it seems, will stop at nothing to be rid of him.
Then matters take a darker turn. Battling to escape his own enemy, Henry finds his life beginning to imitate John’s and when the diary shows John summoning ‘an Angellick Spirit’ to his aid, Henry eagerly tries the same.
Unfortunately, calling up Mephistopheles lands both boys in greater danger than they’d ever bargained for.
Griselda’s first book, Ante’sInferno, won the Children’s award in the People’s Book Prize 2013 and the Silver award in the 9-12 year-old category of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2012. It was also shortlisted in Writing Magazine’s 2013 Self-Publishing Award, and featured in a number of publications, including the Oxford Times, Juno and Aquila. Griselda’s story was featured in The Guardian Self-Publishing Showcase and the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.
The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst can be obtained through all good bookshops, as well as direct from the publishers, Matador, and through Amazon. An E book version is also available.