The Spook's Tale is a prequel companion novella which was released on March 5th 2009 as a flip-book for World Book Day. The books tells a short story of an encounter John Gregory had with a witch as a Spook's apprentice. The same story featured in the flip-book was included in an alternative US companion work titled The Spook's Tale and Other Horrors. The said work includes a short story from the first-person perspective of Alice where she is captured by the Mouldheel witch clan and Grimalkin's Tale, which was later collected in the UK short story collection The Spook's Stories: Witches.
How would you like to train as a spook? I need a brave lad for my line of work . . . The Spook keeps the County safe from creatures of the dark; things that suck your blood and snatch your bones and squeeze the breath from your body. When young John Gregory stumbles into the trap set by a powerful witch, it seems he may possess some spook's skills of his own. But is he ready to face the dark or will his first fight be his last?