Paranormal novel launch at ‘haunted’ Colchester pub
THE launch of a new paranormal-themed book should be a spooky affair as it takes place in the most haunted pub in Colchester.
The Red Lion Inn in town is famous among locals and is said to be haunted.
The hostel, which is based on Colchester High Street, is believed to have paranormal links and is home to three ghosts.
Now the pub is ready to embrace its haunted history by hosting the launch of a book with a supernatural story.
The Curious Life of Ada Baker was written by Sible Hedingham author Karen Hamilton-Viall.
It’s slated for release on September 27, and the book launch will take place at the Red Lion on October 1.
The book follows Ada Baker, a psychic girl who shares a haunted house with three ghosts.
Supernatural beings encourage Ada to use her psychic abilities to solve the murder of local artist’s model, Mary Watts.
It is set in a fictional town, loosely based on Sudbury, and follows Ada as she tries to solve the crime with help from this world and the afterlife.
Karen said: “While the idea of psychics working with the police is nothing new, having the help of a ghostly police department I think is more unusual.
“As mentioned in the book, it was partly inspired by An inspector callsthat we had to study in school, and I took the idea to the next level.
“I’ve always had a huge interest in ghosts and my first experience with a real one made me realize that spirits are just ordinary people, who no longer have a physical body.
“The idea germinated in my mind to treat the mind as a living person.
“So often, ghosts are seen as something marginal to fear.
“I wanted to bring out the humanity in them – to show that they are like you or me.
“I would like people to ask themselves, is there really life after death? Maybe they’ll investigate further.