Welcome to our tour for a spooky scary middle grade novel, The Nighthouse Keeper! This book is the sequel to 2022’s smash middle grade horror hit, The Clackity by Lore Senf. Follow along for a look at the synopsis for book 1, and to see what our hosts think of the duo!
The Nighthouse Keeper
by Lora Senf
Release Date: October 17, 2023
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: middle grade, horror, thriller
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Seeing as this is a sequel, we’d hate to give any spoilers, so instead we have the synopsis for book 1: THE CLACKITY!
Evie once again leaves her world behind to rescue Blight Harbor’s ghosts in this second book in the bone-chilling middle grade Blight Harbor trilogy that’s reminiscent of Doll Bones and Small Spaces.
Evie Von Rathe lives in Blight Harbor—the seventh-most haunted town in America—with her Aunt Desdemona, the local paranormal expert. Des doesn’t have many rules except Stay out of the abandoned slaughterhouse at the edge of town. But when her aunt disappears into the building, Evie goes searching for her.
There she meets The Clackity, a creature who lives in the shadows and seams of the slaughterhouse. The Clackity makes a deal with Evie to help get Des back in exchange for the ghost of John Jeffrey Pope, a serial killer who stalked Blight Harbor a hundred years earlier. Evie reluctantly embarks on a journey into a strange otherworld filled with hungry witches, penny-eyed ghosts, and a memory-thief, all while being pursued by a dead man whose only goal is to add Evie to his collection of lost souls. Will she ever find Des, or is The Clackity planning something far more sinister?
About the Author
Lora Senf is a wife and a mom to twins. She is also a writer of dark and twisty stories for all ages.
Lora finds inspiration for her writing in her children’s retellings of their dreams, on road trips through Montana, and most recently in an abandoned abattoir and at the Anaconda Smoke Stack. As a young reader, she raised herself on classic fairy tales, John Bellairs, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King (she read Cujo when she was eight and was simultaneously terrified and hooked).
Today, she still prefers a rainy day and a scary book to nearly anything else. In her free time, you can generally find her reading a book—mostly horror but anything a little weird and unsettling will do. Lora credits her love of words to her parents and to the public library that was walking distance from her childhood home. Lora is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. You can find her spending far too much time on Twitter @Lora013.