Ginger Nuts of Horror
To coincide with the launch of her new book Thin Air, Michelle Paver gives horror fans the fright of their life!
We all love to be scared – a little bit. But what happens if you take a bunch of hardened horror fans and trap them in a room…with a real ghost?
Ahead of the launch of her brand new ghost story, Thin Air, bestselling author Michelle Paver set out to give fans a supernatural scare by doing exactly that. The aim was simple: to convince the unsuspecting victims that the ghost in the story was real – real enough to materialize in front of them. And then to see what would happen.
For this experiment in fear, Michelle recruited a leading theatrical director whose team used state-of-the-art special effects to bring the ghost off the page and into the room itself. The ghost effects were created by filming the ghost actor in a secret green-screen room next door, and then projected into the audience in real-time for maximum shock impact.
The resulting prank resulted in a mad scramble for the door, with the audience shocked out of their system fearing for their lives. The door was even locked so there was no escape.
Michelle Paver said of the prank, "I've always wondered how people would react if they saw a real ghost. We got all the ingredients together, a great virtual ghost and a bunch of keen horror fans locked in a room. It was complete and utter panic. They expected a little scare, but what they got was the shock of their life."
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