The Attic by Derek Prior

When contagion turns Wesley Harding’s world insane, and horror enters his home, the attic is the last place left to hide.

The attic

It was the place they stored the junk no one wanted anymore: discarded toys, baby clothes, and ancient secrets from forgotten generations. 

But when contagion turns Wesley Harding’s world insane, and horror enters his home, the attic is the last place left to hide. 

At nine years old, he finds himself alone in the dark, amid heaped-up piles of the familiar and the unknown. 

Gunshots and howls punctuate the thunderstorm outside. Crashes and groans come from below. 

There isn’t much time, and Wesley must uncover the secrets of the attic, if he is to survive the night. 

Genre: FICTION / Horror

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Psychological

Language: English


Word Count: 6,833

Sales info:

Constant bestseller on Amazon:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Scary Stories
#19 in Books > Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror
#148 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror

Sample text:

Mom was thump, thump, thumping on the door, but Dad wouldn’t let her in. It was raining cats and dogs out there. The rat-tat-tat on the roof was a gazillion BB guns firing, one after another. Thunder cracked and rolled away; I’d always been told it was angels dropping coal. 

Inside, the TV was chattering, and Dad was nailing planks across the windows. My breaths were raggedy gasps, and my heart was bouncing in my chest. Under it all, I could hear the groaning of the zombies, and the screaming and the sirens, and the bang, bang, bang of the policemen’s guns. I couldn’t help myself. My fingers fumbled with the door chain.

“Don’t!” Dad dropped his hammer and shoved me out of the way. He checked the latch to make sure Mom couldn’t open the door from the outside, then he looked through the peephole.

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Diana Brandao
Already translated. Translated by Frank Dietz
Already translated. Translated by Stefano Vazzola
Author review:
Exceptional translation. Stefano raised some great queries about idiom and came up with some excellent suggestions.
Already translated. Translated by David Henrique Pires Ferraz
Already translated. Translated by Selene Silva
Author review:
Excellent translation, and also very fast.

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