'Genetopia is quite remarkably fascinating... Even its flaws are fun. I should say I liked the book a lot.'—John Clute, Interzone
(Most recent edition: May 2014; infinite press.)
There's no such thing as ghosts. Everyone knows that.
Twelve-year-old Jools Bone lives in a run-down mansion, surrounded by a large collection of treasures gathered by his family of explorers and adventurers. When a TV crew arrives to film a new hands-on history series, Digging for Dead People, family friends the De Veres come to help, along with their three children, Ned, Helen and Billy.
As filming starts with the search for an ancient burial mound in the forest surrounding the Bones' family home, the gang learn of the ancient legends surrounding the tomb of the lost prince, including tales of hauntings by the spirit of the prince himself. The children are much too rational to believe the stories: there's no such thing as ghosts, of course. But when one particularly grim legend threatens to come true, the kids are faced with a life and death rush to prevent history repeating itself.
A dark and wickedly funny story by "the king of children's horror" (Sunday Express).