A MELTON writer has stormed to the top of an Amazon best sellers list with a chilling ghost story set in a rural village.
Helen Cardwell (33) only launched her novel The House in The Attic a few weeks ago, but managed to briefly push The Woman In Black by Susan Hill into second spot on the online shop’s best selling ghost horror list, despite it being turned into a hit film starring Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe.
The House in the Attic is about an orphaned teenage girl called Elinor who is plunged into the middle of a terrifying mystery when she moves to a supposedly quite village.
Once there, it becomes apparent there is more to her new home than meets the eye as she is confronted by strange phenomena in the old abandoned cemetery, encounters ghostly shadows and is haunted by recurring nightmares.
She investigates the murderous past of the village and in doing so discovers the truth about her own tragic heritage.
Helen said: “I came up with the idea for the book after looking at my sister’s doll house.
“She has kitted it out in a creepy Gothic style and I wondered what it would be like if the figures inside came to life at night.
“The thought then changed to the house itself being cursed and it’s victims being trapped inside the walls. The rest is history.”
As well as reaching the top of the ghost horror best sellers list, The House in the Attic also came second in Amazon’s top 100 thriller listings.
The success of the novel is almost entirely due to its sales on Kindle, Amazon’s electronic book system.
Helen, who works at Brooksby Melton College in the hotel services department, said: “I never expected the book to become so popular so quickly.
“It’s a dream come true and I want to thank everyone who has made it so successful.”
l To purchase the book visit Amazon and search for The House in the Attic.