YOUNGSTERS suffered from terrors and chills when author Andrew Hammond entertained them with tales about teenage ghostbusters.
Andrew – brother of TV presenter Richard Hammond - visited Mayfield School in North End where he gave a talk about his career and his Crypt series of novels.
Student Megan Weston, 12, said: ‘Andrew inspired me when he spoke about using your experience to write a good story – don’t write from the heart, write from the gut.’
Andrew also took time to chat with Daniel Beck, 14, who had won a school story writing competition – and both writers exchanged signed copies of their books.
Peter Bone, manager of Portsmouth’s school library service, which organised the event at Mayfield and a second at City Boys attended by pupils from Charter Academy, Mayville High and Springfield, said: ‘Andrew was fantastic. His books are pretty scary but he knows how to grab imaginations.’
Mayfield headteacher David Jeapes said: ‘The response from the students was extremely positive. We are focusing on all of our students to develop a love of reading.’