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Bram (12) always has a half-baked scheme up his sleeve. He lives on an island in the North Sea where, in the sprawling underbelly of catacombs, his family tour business breathes life into tragic ghost stories.

But business is dwindling. Tourists barely disguise rolled eyes and pitiful smirks, leaving damning reviews in their wake. Worse than that, Bram’s ill-conceived hoax-video of “bona fide ghosts” royally backfires. Legendary supernatural debunker, Cressida Strange, gets a whiff of it. She posts a fatal reply to expose the fraud live from the island in a special broadcast on Halloween night. With closure already looming, it’ll be the final nail in the coffin for the family business. Bram has 24 hours to fix it.

Armed with his phone and a new plan to knock Cressida Strange off her warpath, Bram sweet-talks his friends into a ghost-hunting stakeout in a forbidden part of the catacombs. Maybe they shouldn’t have gone through the mysterious Red Door. When it slams shut behind them, Bram’s blood runs cold.

Trapped in a mind-bending labyrinth of forgotten paths, dead-ends, and stirring graves, Bram battles to keep his plan on track. But the Gravedigger—a vengeful spectre ruing a lifetime of injustice—stalks the tunnels. Relentlessly tormenting every sorry soul in the catacombs, the Gravedigger wants to add Bram to his collection. Can Bram make it to Cressida Strange’s broadcast in time? He’s got to make it out of the catacombs alive first.

THE GRAVEDIGGER is a read-it-with-the-lights-on gore-free ghost story, perfect for fans of The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier with the eerie atmosphere and mounting dread of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Prince of Mist.

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