Horror Zone – Getting Spooky with Pam Lecky, Multi-Genre Writer, and Her Love of The Ghost Story

Pam Lecky, is not only a good friend and fellow author, she also shares my love for the humble ghost story, writing a great, short piece of fiction is quite the art ,and a ghost story always has a little gothic around the edges. Here, Pam discusses one of her own eerie pieces, The Lighthouse Keeper.

Pam is an Irish historical fiction author with Avon Books UK/Harper Collins. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, The Crime Writers’ Association, and the Society of Authors. She is represented by Thérèse Coen, at the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency, London. Pam has a particular love of the late Victorian era/early 20th Century.

In November 2020, Pam signed with Avon Books UK/Harper Collins in a two-book deal. The first book in the historical thriller series, Her Secret War, will be published on 14th October 2021; the sequel in 2022.

Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was awarded the B.R.A.G Medallion; shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016; and longlisted for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award.

Her short stories are available in an anthology, entitled Past Imperfect, which was published in April 2018.

June 2019, saw the release of the first book in the Lucy Lawrence Mystery series, No Stone Unturned, a fast-paced Victorian mystery/crime, set in London and Yorkshire which was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion. The sequel, Footprints in the Sand, set in Egypt, was released in March 2020. She is currently working on the third book in the series, The Art of Deception, which will be published in late 2021.

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What draws you to writing about the supernatural?

That is an excellent question! I suppose it goes back to my childhood. As an only child, I spent a lot of time alone thinking about stuff, looking for answers. The supernatural, as I became aware of it, filled in the gaps but most of all, it intrigued me. Then along came Doctor Who (started watching it when I was about 10), and I was hooked very easily because it sparked my imagination. In my dreams, I was the Doctor’s companion, discovering new worlds and neutralising the bad guys! But, if I am to be totally honest, the answer really is that I like to be scared. Now, that in itself is daft because I am a total wuss. I can’t even watch horror films! The one real ghostly experience I had made such an impact on me that it brings me out in a cold sweat to this day to think about it. However, when I write a ghost story it doesn’t affect me – I just want to scare my readers (*evil laugh*).

Do you think it’s an advantage being Irish, when it comes to writing about ghost stories?


Definitely. Ireland is steeped in myths, legends and ghostly tales. From early childhood we absorb them. Let’s face it, every old house has an uneasy spirit! Fairy forts are to be found throughout the country and we all have a relative who can scare the pants off us with their tales of the other world. As a child, I used to visit my uncle and aunt in Mayo. My uncle was a brilliant storyteller, with a particular liking for ghost stories. It was bad enough going to bed in a country house when it was pitch dark outside (no streetlights like Dublin) without his tales bouncing around in my head.

What inspires you as a writer?


Inspiration can come from anywhere – history, memories, people or places (and uncle’s scary stories!). I write predominantly historical mystery, which has grown from a love of historical fiction and crime novels all my life. I don’t write horror, preferring tales of the paranormal kind. My ghostly tales are short stories. I feel it is the best medium to deliver maximum impact to the reader. You can build tension quickly and deliver the terror in one sitting.

Please share an excerpt from one of your supernatural tales.

Extract from The Lighthouse Keeper


As the sleepless minutes slipped by, she became aware of the wind picking up; a lonely plaintive sound, making her uneasy. No wonder her mind was playing tricks. From now on she would stick to admiring lighthouses from the outside.

The floorboards above creaked. Then there were footsteps and the sound of something being dragged across the floor.

Suddenly her body was humming with adrenaline, and she broke out in a cold sweat. Her senses were straining and all at once the overpowering smell of kerosene pervaded the room. Terrified, she could not move. The sound of metal scraping against metal sent a shiver down her spine. To her horror, as she watched, a powerful beam of light flitted across the opening to the upper level. Impossible, a voice inside her head said, but there it was again: a sweep of light that lit the room with an intensity that hurt her eyes.

She bolted from the bed. Almost tripping down the steps in her haste, she lunged at Alex.

“Wake up!” she shouted at him, shaking his arm.

Alex groaned and slowly opened his eyes. He stared at her, coughed and ran his fingers through his hair. “What the hell, Sally? I was fast asleep.”

“The lighthouse is working – there is someone up there!” she whispered hoarsely.

“Don’t be daft, Sal. This place was decommissioned years ago,” Alex said, sitting up. He stretched his arms over his head and yawned. “You must have had a nightmare,” he said, getting to his feet.

“I did not imagine it, Alex. I heard footsteps and noises. Then I saw the light.”

Alex stood uncertain, then suddenly grinned. “Must have been those prawns, eh?”

Sally knew it was a lost cause; he would never believe her. She tried to smile. “Maybe.”

“Bed – come on,” he said, pushing her towards the stairs.

“No! You go first,” she said, hanging back.

Alex scowled. “This is ridiculous, Sally.” He went up and disappeared from view. She followed very slowly indeed.

Buy Link: http://MyBook.to/Lighthouse

What genre would you like to write in that you don’t at present?

I have an idea for a psychological thriller that has been in my head for some time. I hope to sketch it out and pitch to my agent and editor soon.

Published by cookehogan

Writer and Poet living in beautiful Laois, Ireland. I have recently published a book on Amazon for Kindle called The Lights Went Out and Other Stories; a collection of flash, short and longer fiction consisting of humerous, poignant and supernatural tales. I am currently editing a novel - Martha's Cottage and writing a second novel, a horror, as yet untitled When not scribbling or with my head in a book I am addicted to GoT and the Walking Dead. My ambition in life (apart from somehow getting everyone in the known universe to read my books) is to play a zombie in a George A Romero production.

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