nick gifford
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Piggies by Nick Gifford

A freak storm transports Ben to a parallel world inhabited by vampires. He manages to escape to the woods where others like him (called ferals by the vampires) hide. As he begins to give up hope of ever getting home, Ben makes friends with Rachel, a vampire more human than some of the ferals who treat him with suspicion. Rachel takes Ben to her farm in an attempt to prove that she's not like the other vampires, but that's when he discovers a terrible secret. And why is the book called Piggies? That's the worst horror of all.

the author says...

"I started writing for younger readers by chance. After years of writing for an adult audience a friend persuaded me to aim for a different age group -- I had a go and found that I loved it! It took me right back to the thrills of reading as a kid: the sense of discovery, the sheer wonder of stepping into another world through the pages of a book.
   I've never had so much fun writing. Piggies probably shows what a dark sense of fun I have..."

what the reviewers said

"Guaranteed to scare your socks off" Glasgow Herald

"The last sentence of Piggies is perfect. It makes you shudder when you first read it. Then you do a double take as you realise the full horrific implications" Atu XVIII Book Review Site

"An exceptional new talent in children's literature ... a bold, shocking and completely unputdownable horror story ... a hair-raising and thought-provoking story, with satisfying twists, in highly readable, fluent prose. Most enjoyable" Waterstone's Books Quarterly

"A final twist that will chill your succulent red blood! A contemporary horror tale to sink your teeth into" Funday Times

"One of the most original horror tales of recent times ... you'll have to go back quite a way to find a debut novel that is quite as striking as Piggies" Rhyl and Prestatyn Journal

"A chilling read about vampires ... sure to make you squeal!" Sugar

"A superb achievement" Interzone

"...a vampire story with some hectic twists ... This author really managed to freak me out. You'll see what I mean ... So enjoy - but you may want to sleep with the light on!" Sunday Times, South Africa

"An ingenious variant on vampire stories ... this chilling story reads with all the power and demented logic of a thoroughly bad dream" The Independent

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