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William Hussey


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Contrary to popular myth, William Hussey was born on Planet Earth more precisely in the London Borough of Hounslow. The Hussey family have been touring with fairgrounds and circuses for centuries and, in the 1800s, Williams great-grandfather had the honour of meeting the legendary Elephant Man!  At the age of 1, William and his family settled in the seaside town of Skegness and William spent his early years helping his uncle who owned the towns scariest ghost train!

From the age of 8, William lived in a house his dad had built next to an old churchyard. For the next eight years the family were disturbed by a ghostly presence a little old lady in black, her face criss-crossed with deep lines, who used to walk the corridors at night! William saw her on only two occasions, but he often heard her footsteps passing his window. He hears them still in his dreams


After studying English, Psychology and Law at college and university, William became a lawyer, but found the world of judges and barristers far too boring! So he quit! He wrote a couple of books for grown-ups before being inspired by his little nephew Johnny to write one for kids. He had so much fun writing this book Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide that he wants to write many, many more!

Dawn of the Demontide is published by Oxford University Press and is the first book in the Witchfinder trilogy.  It was followed by Gallows at Twilight and The Last Nightfall.

 


Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, Mystery, Children's Fiction
 
New and upcoming books
January 2025

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The Boy I Love
 
Series
Witchfinder
   1. Dawn of the Demontide (2010)
   2. Gallows At Twilight (2011)
   3. The Last Nightfall (2011)
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Killing Jericho
   1. Killing Jericho (2023)
   2. Jericho's Dead (2024)
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Novels
   Haunted (2013)
   Jekyll's Mirror (2015)
   Hideous Beauty (2020)
   The Outrage (2021)
   Broken Hearts & Zombie Parts (2023)
   The Boy I Love (2025)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Series contributed to
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Award nominations
2024 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist) : Killing Jericho
2022 CrimeFest: Best Crime Fiction Novel for Young Adults (nominee) : The Outrage
2021 CrimeFest: Best Crime Fiction Novel for Young Adults (nominee) : Hideous Beauty


William Hussey recommends
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What We Did In The Storm (2024)
Tina Baker
"Tina Baker has done it again. Stunning setting, captivating characters, utterly gripping. Another unputdownable triumph."
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Deadly Animals (2024)
Marie Tierney
"A masterpiece. Bold, daring, beautifully written and utterly chilling."
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Helle and Death (2024)
(Helle and Death, book 1)
Oskar Jensen
"As cunning as Christie, as elegant as Sayers, with a dash of Donna Tartt thrown in for good measure. Helle & Death is not only a fiendishly clever mystery on par with the best the Golden Age has to offer, but a deft character study in the complex entanglements of old friendships. Witty, erudite, funny, and wonderfully well-written, I am in awe of what Oskar Jensen has achieved with this book."

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