The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) (Hardcover)

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Ghost, Phantoms and Spectres of all sorts haunt folks at night, and they CAN hurt you! A brave cohort of teens try to fight them, since adults can’t see the "Visitors." Lucy Carlyle has joined Anthony Lockwood in a business venture to make the world a little safer - and to keep themselves fed. But then a house call goes horribly wrong, which threatens to shut Lockwood and Co. for good. Enter a mysterious benefactor with an even more perilous mission: clean up the most haunted house in England. As more strange coincidences collide, Lucy, Anthony, and George realize that the living may be more dangerous than the very deadly dead. Good scary fun - the first in a series!

— Paige


A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.
In "The Screaming Staircase," the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud ( is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781423164913
ISBN-10: 1423164911
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2013
Pages: 390
Language: English
Series: Lockwood & Co.