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CRAIG DILOUIE‘s career has been fascinating to follow. A quick scan of the archives of this site will show you how many top-notch novels he’s released over the years. From TOOTH AND NAIL back in 2010 right through to last year’s CHILDREN OF RED PEAK, his books have been varied and consistently entertaining. Having known Craig online for more than a decade, and having collaborated with him (and TIMOTHY W LONG) on THE FRONT series, I know he’s an extremely talented and hardworking chap. He’s now got himself into an enviable position – maintaining a presence in the indie marketplace, whilst putting out consistently entertaining novels through traditional publishers year-on-year: the best of both worlds.

This month sees the release of Craig’s new novel – EPISODE THIRTEEN – and it’s hugely entertaining.

Fade to Black is the newest hit ghost hunting reality TV show. Led by husband and wife team Matt and Claire Kirklin, it delivers weekly hauntings investigated by a dedicated team of ghost hunting experts.

Episode Thirteen takes them to every ghost hunter’s holy grail: the Paranormal Research Foundation. This brooding, derelict mansion holds secrets and clues about bizarre experiments that took place there in the 1970s. It’s also famously haunted, and the team hopes their scientific techniques and high tech gear will prove it. But as the house begins to reveal itself to them, proof of an afterlife might not be everything Matt dreamed of. A story told in broken pieces, in tapes, journals, and correspondence, this is the story of Episode Thirteen—and how everything went terribly, horribly wrong.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure when Craig sent me the synopsis for EPISODE THIRTEEN. Found footage movies are notoriously hit and miss affairs, and I was unsure how the approach would transfer to the written word. I needn’t have worried, because this is an excellent book. Despite the potential restrictions of the epistolary format, Craig’s writing gives both the characters and the plot enough room to breathe. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I was more than happy to provide a few words to support the release: “It’s the literary equivalent of a found footage movie, and it works beautifully. Part ghost story, part metaphysical horror, total nightmare — Episode Thirteen is a must read.”

EPISODE THIRTEEN is published by REDHOOK on 24 January, and I recommend grabbing a copy and starting the new year with this creepy, unpredictable read. You can pick it up here.