South Wales Evening Post: TV plans for Swansea writer’s spine-tingling story


South Wales Evening Post,
18th February 2014

A SPINE-TINGLING story which has been gripping book lovers may be brought to life on screen.

Swansea writer Neil Spring’s debut novel The Ghost Hunters has stormed to the top spot in the Contemporary Horror and Fiction and Historical Fiction category on Amazon.

“I’m thrilled that it has become a chart topping hit,” said Mr Spring, pictured, from Bishopton.

The book is the first ever historical novel about Borley Rectory — the most haunted house in England.

The story revisits the famous investigation of the house undertaken by Harry Price, London’s once infamous ghost hunter, and is told through the eyes of his assistant.

“I totally didn’t expect this level of success with the book, but everyone loves a ghost story,” said Mr Spring, 32. “It also has the advantage of being terrifyingly true.”

He said the book is now in development by Bentley Productions, who produce Midsommer Murders.

“They want to turn it into a prime time television drama and we are waiting to hear from them,” said the former Bishopton Comprehensive and Gorseinon College student, who now lives in London.

“I have always enjoyed writing on the side and I have been waiting for the right story, and this one leapt out at me because it was based on a true story. Nobody had fictionalised the story before and I wanted to be the first.”

 

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