The boys and girls in the graveyard were shouting, but Koyasan no longer heard them. The world had become a wide, grey void. She could hear deep rasping sounds, the breath of creatures which had been human once but weren’t any more…
Koyasan is too scared to cross the bridge and play in the graveyard like the other children. But when her sister’s soul is stolen, she must find the courage to enter a realm of evil, shape-shifting spirits.
A spellbinding tale from the internationally bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and Lord Loss.
This book was specially written and published for World Book Day 2006.
In March 2006, HarperCollins published a short book by me, called "Koyasan". It was one of the World Book Day books -- each year, a selection of short novels are published in the UK for World Book Day, and are sold for £1 each. I was asked to do one for 2006, and luckily I had "Koyasan" bubbling about at the back of my mind, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to write it. I got the idea for the story during my January 2005 trip to Japan -- it came to me in a graveyard!!! The book is no longer available (the WBD books are always printed in a limited edition), but copies crop up on ebay quite regularly, or you might still be able to buy the book from Amazon UK
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Koyasan (UK - first draft)