The Spectres of Spitfire Row
By Chris Soul
WORK IN PROGRESS WITH THE GOLDEN EGG ACADEMY, LONDON, 2020: Middle Grade/ Spooky/ Fantasy
1988. Great Britannia is on the brink of nuclear war. On the military air base of RAF Trevisker, anxious eleven-year-old Scott Whittaker, with his plucky friends Charvik and Briana, discovers an ancient relic buried behind his school. Dark forces are rising from the past, threatening to take power and plunge the world into catastrophe.
Soon the air base will become more dangerous than Scott could ever imagine, threatening everyone he loves. Only by stepping through into a dark and terrible world can Scott overcome his fears and save Britannia, as well as his family and friends.
'The Dark is Rising' meets 'Stranger Things'.
Illustrations © Chris Soul 2020
I lived on RAF bases as child in the 1980s, in both Cornwall and Scotland. 'The Spectres of Spitfire Row' is inspired by being in gangs on those air bases and exploring the wild fringes of the countryside. There is something exciting to me about writing a story set in a male dominated military community in the middle of the countryside; that conflict between the power of nature and the power of war really intrigues me. In researching, I also discovered that Trevisker Primary School was built on the remains of one of the oldest prehistoric settlements in the UK. Children really need more positive messages around mental health and I hope this story encourages children to think about inner and outer conflicts in a new way.