Born in the UK, Phil now lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, where he works as an advertising copywriter. He has a passion for horror, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night. His short stories have been published in adult horror anthologies, but Phil turned his hand to writing middle grade as he wanted to create the same visceral thrill he remembers from reading Alan Garner, Clive King and Roald Dahl. The Haunting of Aveline Jones is his first middle grade novel.
This spooky story is a Halloween treat * The Times, Children's Book
of the Week *
I raced through The Haunting of Aveline Jones. The world of Malmouth is perfectly drawn, with lots of lovely atmospheric touches, and the story is genuinely shivers-down-the-spine creepy. * Jennifer Killick, author of Crater Lake *
Spooky and thrilling - I'll be sleeping with the lights on tonight! * Helena Duggan, author of A Place Called Perfect *
Phil Hickes' story is a thrilling, and eerily disturbing read. * Newbury Weekly News *