The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase
Written by Jonathan Stroud

Follows three young operatives of a psychic detection agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Primary Source Pairing:
In this fictional ghostbusters tale, George, (Anthony) Lockwood, and Lucy are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Combe Carey Hall is fictional, but there are plenty of houses rumored to have paranormal activity in England. For this primary source pairing, invite students to examine an image of the Plas Teg house, believed to be one of the most haunted houses in Wales. For more information on this house, visit the Plas Teg website.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • What other details can you see?
  • How does this house compare to your visualization of Combe Carey Hall in The Screaming Staircase?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Plas Teg House: Independent