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Lingering: Coppel’s latest psychological thriller confirms his leading voice in horror literature

In Chris Coppel’s Lingering, Paul and Christy are in the throes of buying their new home, Croft House. But the death of Christy’s father leads to Paul moving in initially on his own. Whilst working at the house, strange things start to happen almost immediately. With the help of a local psychic, the original entity is removed only to open the doors to more evil powers and the horrors of Croft House’s past coming to the fore.

Published on 28th June 2022, Lingering is Chris Coppel’s latest standout novel, and his sixth to be published in less than a year.

Transfixing from the outset, the author’s wordsmithing skills immerse readers alongside the novel’s protagonists in a house of horrors brimming with scares and paranormal mayhem that is on par with literature’s horror greats.

Character-driven and mind-bending, Coppel’s novels get better and better with each new title, and like his father before him (the author’s father, Alec Coppel, is the genius behind Vertigo) his work has ‘movie in the making’ written all over it.

Prolific and at the top of his game, Lingering seals the author’s reputation as the undisputed literary leader of spine-chilling and contemporary horror.


The woods looked dark and ominous, Between the trees, where the darkness was blacker than black, dozens of slanted yellow eyes flicked open and stared back towards the house. They weren’t the eyes of anything human.

When Paul and Christy purchase Croft House, they are both looking forward to a new start. Christy’s abusive father is dying, and she is ready to put the past behind her. But the house has other ideas. They soon realise there is something else there with them in the house, something that’s trying to communicate with them.

In their fear, they ask a local psychic to remove this entity. And in so doing, release something far, far worse.

‘A mind-bending, edge-of-your-seat page-turner that blends sci-fi, fantasy, and horror with a refreshing, unique premise.’

‘An engaging horror book that kept me biting my nails until the end!’

The author says:

“The house sale goes through in record time and Paul is forced to pack and move from their rental property by himself. While working at the new house, strange events occur that at first Paul puts down to his own exhaustion. Little incidents that, though inexplicable and ghostly, are seemingly harmless and innocent. It’s as if an entity within the house wishes to communicate.”

Published by Cranthorpe Millner Publishers, Lingering (ISBN: 978-1-80378-049-8) is published on 28th June 2022 and is available in paperback (£8.99) and Kindle format. Waterstones | Foyles | Amazon | Cranthorpe Millner


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