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David Robinson profiles Anthony Horowitz for The Scotsman:

With Raven's Gate, Horowitz is once more breaking new ground in children's literature. "Stephen King for kids" is his shorthand phrase for what he is attempting in the five-book series, the first of which sets up a tale of sinister supernatural adventures that nudges the supernatural horror genre further down the age range than it's probably ever been.

In the novel, 14-year-old orphan, Matthew Freeman, is caught breaking into a warehouse and sent to Yorkshire to be fostered on a farm by the frightening Mrs Deverill. If she's not what she seems, neither are any of the residents of the nearby village. The scares get progressively bigger. One scene in particular - when dinosaur skeletons in the main hall of the Natural History Museum come to life by night and start attacking Freeman - is the kind of bedtime reading that can haunt the dreams of adults and children alike. Tautly told, the nightmare - which only seems preposterous in precis form - is graphic and unpredictable, growing coherently out of credibly mundane beginnings.

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