• Helen Phifer

Loving October

It’s the 1st October, I think I can safely say it’s my favourite month of the year. I love the darker nights, the colder mornings. I love watching the leaves on the trees turn into their beautiful, warm autumnal colours. I love that it’s cold enough to wear a baggy jumper or hoodie, sweat pants, Ugg boots, woolly hats and big cardigans. It’s so much easier to cook for my large family when the weather is cooler. The slow cooker is my best friend, when I remember to switch it on before I go to work. Who doesn’t like a hearty stew? Well Steve doesn’t, he calls them roadkill, but the kids enjoy them. I love nothing more than listening to the rain, hammering against the window whilst I’m lounging on the sofa reading or watching a reality tv ghost programme. The log burner roaring and generally loving that I don’t have to go out and spend ages pegging the washing out. Not to mention dodging the spiders who love to hide inside the pegs just to make me scream. Hot chocolate is always a good idea in October and it’s an excuse to spend an entire month watching horror films.

I love the build up to Halloween, you might have guessed by now that I love anything remotely spooky. Things that go bump in the night are my thing, I love scary stories, horror films. Halloween with Michael Myers is one of my all time favourite films to watch on the 31st October.


I like decorating the outside of my house and having pumpkins adorning the steps. It used to be amazing when my children were younger, we’d have Halloween parties. I’d take them trick or treating to friends houses nearby and their friends would visit us. I long to spend a Halloween in the US to see how they do it and it’s on my wish list.

October was the month my debut novel The Ghost House was released, another reason why I love it so much. The Forgotten Cottage and The Good Sisters were both released on Halloween which made it even more special. Last year apart from my son Josh, the whole family were at Centreparcs and we had a fancy dress Halloween party.

If you’re looking for a scary book to curl up with The Good Sisters, is a standalone spooky story. The perfect read for a dark, autumn night. If you’re brave enough that is, I had to stop writing it once it got dark I scared myself so much. I’ve also had lots of readers tell me they were so afraid they had to stop reading it at night. I loved writing this book so much it practically wrote itself. I came up with the idea that I wanted to write a story about an alcoholic woman who loses everything and buys a dilapidated convent that she wants to turn into a bed and breakfast. No money to stay in a hotel she must live in the convent alone whilst renovating it. She has no idea about it’s dark history and the murdered nuns who once lived there. She begins to hear footsteps in the dead of the night and the crucifixes she’s removed begin to reappear on the walls. Kate finally realises she isn’t alone in the house and that she should be very afraid of the dark.

Huge thanks to the amazing Laurie Ellingham for making this book trailer.

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