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Publication Order of Spookshow Books

The Spookshow (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome to the Spookshow (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Women in the walls (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bringing up the bodies (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half-Boys and Gypsy Girls (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Haunting in Crown Point (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cordelia (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters of Mercy (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy in the Woods (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midwinter (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spiritualist & Medium (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Spookshow is a series of novels written by Tim McGregor. The books detail the extraordinary events surrounding a girl who thought she was normal; then she awakened her psychic abilities and began to see the ghosts that wait behind the veil.

+The Story

The Spookshow series looks at life after death, though not in any philosophically challenging manner. The horror novels throw a girl into the deep end of the unknown when she begins to see the dead and she learns that they can also see her.

She comes to realize over time that what she has could be a blessing or a curse, and her journey to learning to cope with the experiences is no easy task. If the horrors of the undead were not enough, this girl must also nurse a crush on a man she cannot have.

Taking center stage in Tim McGregor’s Spookshow series is Billie Culpepper. When she first arrives on the scene, Billie is a little aimless. At twenty-nine years of age, Billie has watched her friends move on to notable careers and worthwhile marriages while has continued to listlessly wander through life.

Billie’s bar-tending job is hardly the career she thought she would pursue as a child. Even as things look like they might continue on this flat trajectory for the rest of her life, the unexpected fall into Billie’s life.

An Englishman named Gantry tracks her down. Whatever purpose he has in searching her out, Billie never learns of it because Detective Ray Mockler suddenly arrives on the scene and initiates an accident that sees Billie die.

When she is revived two minutes later, Billie spends the next few days in a coma. Once she wakes up, Billie knows that something has changed. She is no longer the same girl as before because, now, she can see the dead and they can see her.

Billie learns that her accident awakened her psychic abilities and opened her eyes to the world beyond the veil. The Spookshow series then details Billie’s efforts to acclimate to her new reality.

These books are primarily driven by Billie, Gantry, Ray Mockler and Billie’s friends. Even though he almost killed her, Billie cannot help the attraction she feels for Ray, which is problematic because Ray is engaged. Despite her feelings, Billie and Ray continue to work together, with Billie’s abilities proving especially useful in the apprehending of bad guys.

Gantry is a mystery, a wanted criminal with an interest in the occult whose actions keep intersecting with Billie’s life and, sometimes, putting her in more danger than she needs.

When Gantry isn’t raising Hell, Billie still has to deal with friends one of whom takes an unhealthy interest in the undead.

+The Author

Tim McGregor grew up in Northern Ontario on isolated hinterlands. The author’s family managed a tourist camp. Tim enjoyed many fun summers, though he also struggled to survive the harsh winters.

The cold was such that Tim was forced to spend many a day indoors. Writing became his only means of staying sane, and he did a lot of it. It looked like Tim had found his calling. But then he went to university and the awe in which writing was held by many of the students scared Tim away from the activity.

Because Tim McGregor dropped out of college, his twenties were spent hoping from one menial job after another. It was during these years that the author took to drawing. With titles like ‘Dirty Plotte’ and ‘Eightball’ as inspiration, Tim fell into the rising artistic scene of the times and attempted to draw his own comics.

Tim realized that he could draw, and he even succeeded in making a couple of his own comics. However, the author found no satisfaction in his achievements. The short pieces felt pointless and irrelevant and Tim found that he was craving longer narrative formats to express his creativity.

And because comic books were not doing it for him, the author turned to screenwriting. Tim was so serious about this dream that he decided to go to film school. However, as with comic books, the three low budget movies Tim participated in creating did little to give him the satisfaction he craved.

The fact that moviemaking is such a collaborative effort, one that requires numerous individuals to achieve a singular dream didn’t appeal to the author. The financial crash of 2008 came just in time to force Tim out of the moviemaking business.

Around this time, interest in self-publishing began to grow. Tim McGregor decided to give writing a go. The author took a look at an unfinished story he had written ages ago, did a little bit of editing and quickly produced his first novel. Tim McGregor was surprised to find that the self-publishing arena was exactly where he needed to be.

+The Spookshow

Billie Culpepper was a normal girl. Life was dull and aimless and irrelevant. Then an accident changed everything. When Billie woke up, she knew that something had changed because she could now see the dead.

If that wasn’t bad enough, it looks like the dead can see Billie as well.

Life with the undead is no picnic, especially when they cannot seem to leave her alone.

When Billie accompanies her friends to a haunted house, the secret they discover forces her to call the one man she promised to avoid.

The first book in the Spookshow series is creepy. The book’s strongest aspect is the eerie atmosphere Tim McGregor creates.

The book introduces Billie as a girl that can see the dead. When her best friends decided to visit the so-called ‘Murder House’, Billie cannot let them go alone, though her presence doesn’t make things any easier.

+Welcome to the Spookshow

When Billie meets a strange Englishman, an accident involving Detective Ray Mockler nearly kills her. And when she wakes from her coma, Billie realizes that she can see the dead. The Englishman returns to tell her that she is a medium between the mortal world and the afterlife. After an aimless and seemingly meaningless life, Billie finds that she now has a calling, one that she doesn’t necessarily want.

The second novel in the Spookshow series gives Billie the answers she has been searching for. The heroine is also forced to engage with the life of the man she loves but cannot have.

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