Five years after the death of his wife, MacAoidh Armstrong moves into a smallholding in southern Scotland with the intention of living a self-sufficient existence. Although he’s heard the steading has a reputation for being haunted, the pragmatic Highlander does not believe in ghosts.
In 1695, a farmhouse on the steading, then called The Ringcroft of Stocking, was reportedly haunted by a violent poltergeist which took two weeks and a good few clergy to exorcise. The minister leading the exorcism published his experiences of the haunting that year. The account was witnessed by fifteen members of the clergy and community and is widely known as the Mackie or Rerrick Parish Poltergeist.
On a hill by the steading stands The Ghost Tree: all that remains of the former Ringcroft of Stocking. There were three of them in living memory but only one still stands. Local legend says, when the last of the Ghost Trees dies, the Rerrick Parish Poltergeist will return.
The Ghost Tree is dying and, just days after MacAoidh moves in, he is forced to contend with a number of strange occurrences, beginning with an unexplained fire in a bedroom. There follows a series of bizarre and terrifying occurrences at The Ring which defy all logical and scientific explanation and which compel MacAoidh to find the reasons for this bizarre phenomena – and why a 17th century poltergeist is trying to kill him.
An imaginative thinker with a career as diverse as the number of genres her fiction crosses, Sara Bain is one of those people who has the ability to write to any formula but chooses to adhere to none.
She was brought up in London, qualified as an English barrister and pursued a career in legal publishing where she learned to produce academic texts and draft complex legal forms.
She then left the bright lights of the city and moved to Scotland where she worked as a journalist for a local newspaper for 15 years and learned to write facts as well as creative features.
She has been a law lecturer, computer tutor and is an able photographer and graphic designer. She now has her own company which provides press and publicity services and currently works on media campaigns for a number of Scottish arts organisations. She is also employed as an assistant manager on a community arts initiative.
When she finds some downtime, Sara writes fantasy and paranormal cross-genre fiction which includes elements of crime, romance, horror and humour.
Her debut novel, The Sleeping Warrior, has been described as “talented”, “imaginative”, “remarkable” and “simply brilliant.”
The Ghost Tree will publish autumn 2015.