Monday, 22 October 2018

Tom Slemen Haunted Liverpool | Book Review

I first became interested in Tom Slemen's work when I was in high school, my class was given a task by our creative writing teacher to pick a book from the library to review. Most of my classmates picked books that were about romance, autobiographies or plays like Romeo and Juliet or Blood Brothers, I wanted something different so after spending over an hour looking for a book to fall in love with I came across a book by an author called Tom Slemen's which was called "Haunted Liverpool". Since reading that very first book over ten years ago I have fallen in love with all of Tom's books and since it's October I thought I would share my reasons why with you all.

About Tom Slemen

Tom Slemen, is a Liverpool writer, columnist and broadcaster, known foremostly as the author of the best-selling Haunted Liverpool series of books which document paranormal incidents and often unsolved or unusual crimes in his hometown of Liverpool, past and present.

Tom's interest in the paranormal began in early childhood, when he lived with his family on Melville Place, near Myrtle Street in Liverpool. He says that he learned from his mother that she had witnessed a ghostly apparition of a Victorian maid carrying a large serving plate along with the eerie sound of children laughing, and he was immediately hooked. None of the family thought to investigate any possible causes for the spectre, but Tom took it upon himself to try to uncover the mystery behind the spirit maid so he went to the local library and discovered that their home was actually built on the same spot where an orphanage once stood - to some this could mean that the ghosts were associated with the former orphanage. Tom later realised that a nearby street was called Orphan Street and from this time forward his interest increased each time he visited the library in search of other ghostly stories.

Meeting Tom Slemen

I first met Tom over ten years ago now when I'd started reading his books. I searched online to find out when his latest book would be coming out and saw that he was holding a live talk not far from where I lived so went along with my mum - we loved it and even got to meet Tom at the end to sign our books for us! Over the years whenever Tom has done live talks my mum and I made sure to go along, our favourite to date was his live talk in Liverpool's St Georges Hall which was all about Jack The Ripper.

Haunted Liverpool

There are now over twenty books in Tom Slemen's Haunted Liverpool series and that's not counting his books about Jack The Ripper, Vampires or Murders on Merseyside to name a few. Go grab a cuppa tea and have a read of one of Tom's stories like A High-Class VampiressThe Coffin, The Clown, or Bloody Mary. If you're wanting a new book to read over this spooky Halloween season I highly recommend checking out the Haunted Liverpool series, you can even read some of Tom's stories on his website by clicking here.

Have you read any of the Haunted Liverpool books? What are your thoughts?

With love, Alisha Valerie. x

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  1. I've never heard of this author but he sounds like someone who's content I would love to read if he's all about the paranormal. How amazing that you got to meet him too! x x
    Ellis //

  2. I've not heard of this author but I do have a couple of friends who would love this kind of book (it's not really my genre) so I'll be sending them the link to your post! Great review, thank you :) x

    Lisa |

  3. Never heard of him, so I will have to check him and his books out. Thank you.

  4. Never heard of this author before and his topic sounds so interesting though - will pass it on to some people I think would enjoy!

    Jessica & James | /

  5. Ooh this isn't someone I had heard of before but it sounds really good. It's great that you got to meet him as well! Great post.

  6. To be honest I have never heard of this author before but these book look and sound so interesting!
    Sarah X

  7. I've not heard of this author before but I love this kind of thing. I'm trying to get back into a routine of reading daily so I might pick these up as something new to try x


  8. I've not heard of these books before, but I'm definitely going to look into them!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  9. I've not heard of this author or these books but I love anything horror and/or paranormal.


  10. Not heard of him before but he sounds great xx

  11. I've not heard of the author or these books, they sound really interesting! x

  12. yes yes yes these sound so amazing I may have to check this series out!!

  13. I haven’t read any of his books but I want to! I love horror!

  14. I had never heard of this author before. Not sure that is my kind of book but i'd be happy to go it a go and see!

  15. These sound like such interesting books. I imagine it is quite creepy to read about paranormal activity and unsolved crimes which have happened in your hometown, especially as you may know some of the places mentioned. I've never heard of these books before, they sound perfect for a spooky Halloween read though. Thank you for sharing Alisha, really interesting post <3 xx

    Bexa |

  16. I hadn't heard of this author or these books before. It's great that you've given such a backstory to the author. It's so cool that you've got to meet him too! I don't usually read this type of genre, but they would be perfect to read at this time of the year!


  17. so cool you got to meet him! I've met a few of my favourite authors and it's such an amazing experience and adds to my love of the work :)

  18. Never heard of this author, but his books sure sound intering. Will definitely look up his work. That's for the suggestion :)
    xoxo Ros (

  19. Ooh I’ve not heard of him but they do sound interesting.

  20. I love the Haunted Liverpool books and like you, I have them all! I've never met Tom though...

    Liv xx

  21. how have i never heard of thid author when his books sound exactly like my cuppa tea!

  22. I've never heard of this author deffo have to check him out though!

  23. I’ve never seen these before, but I love readin and hear look interesting

    Tasha x

  24. I might recommend these books to my mum, as she's a fan of these books. I've never heard of Tom, but I'll see what his books entail.

    Amy |