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Book inspired by ghoulish 'friend'
8:00pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A REAL human skull named Lucy has provided the grizzly inspiration for a new book of spooky tales being released just in time for Halloween.
Charles Barker-Holmes, a former psychiatric nurse from Malvern, decided to indulge his lifelong fascination with horror and the supernatural when penning his latest book, Strange and Ghostly Tales.
And when it came time to put pen to paper, the 78-year-old only had to turn to Lucy – a fixture in his home for many years – for inspiration.
Mr Barker-Holmes paid 10 shillings for her to prevent her being incinerated, a fate that befell the rest of her skeleton when the hospital that had previously used her as a teaching aid decided to replace her with a plastic version.
He said: “I couldn’t bear the thought of Lucy being thrown away, she had become a fixture at the hospital where I was teaching, so I bought her.”
His new book includes 15 separate ghostly tales that he promises will “raise the hairs on the back of your neck”.
It costs £7.99 and is available directly from publisher Aspect Design, in Newtown Road, Malvern, and other outlets.
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