The Spook's Stories: Witches is a spin-off set of collected stories about witches in the world of The Wardstone Chronicles. It was released on October 1st 2009 just in time for Halloween. This is the second 'spin-off' or 'companion' to accompany the main series, after The Spook's Tale. The US version of the series, The Last Apprentice, released the same collection of short stories in The Last Apprentice: A Coven of Witches.

The Spook's Stories: Witches
First edition cover of The Spook's Stories: Witches''


Joseph Delaney


Horror, Chiller, Children's Book, Mild Fantasy, Weird Fiction


  • Bodley Head (UK)
  • Greenwillow Books (US)

Release Date

October 1st 2009


250 Pages

Place in the series

Companion - Short Stories

Preceded by

The Spook's Tale

Followed by

The Spook's Bestiary (TBR)


Book Description

For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from ghosts and boggarts, but more especially from witches.

The stories describe John Gregory's past relationship with the lamia witch Meg Skelton, the recollections of a now dead witch, Grimalkin's tale of her runin with the fiend, Alice's struggles with Bony Lizzie, and one of Tom's adventures during his six months with Bill Arkwright.

And here are five dark and terrifying witch stories from the Spook's own collection. There are child-eating witches, witch assassins, Celtic witches, dead witches, and witches so beautiful they can break a man's heart.

These stories will chill your blood and frighten you to your very bones. Just remember not to read them after dark.

Short Stories

  • Meg Skelton
  • Dirty Dora
  • Grimalkin's Tale
  • Alice and the Brain Guzzler
  • The Banshee Witch

Meg Skelton

Chapter One: The Fight with the Abhuman

Chapter Two: Harbouring a Witch

Chapter Three: Just a Pussycat

Dirty Dora

Chapter One: My Sabbaths

Chapter Two: My Doom

Chapter Three: My Revenge

Grimalkin's Tale

Alice and the Brain Guzzler

Chapter One: My Name is Alice Dean

Chapter Two: A Witch You'll Always Be

Chapter Three: Nanna Nuckle's Head

Chapter Four: Brain Plugs in Apple Juice

Chapter Five: Seven Big Handfuls

The Banshee Witch

Chapter One: A Hard Lesson

Chapter Two: The Shroud Washer

Chapter Three: The Worme

Chapter Four: The Celtic Assassin

Chapter Five: The Banshee Cry