P.J. Blakey-Novis welcomes you to Newhaven Fort

Newhaven Fort is a wartime fort, built in 1862 to defend the harbour in Newhaven, East Sussex, on the south coast of England. The Fort is approximately half way between the cities of Brighton and Eastbourne. It is unusual in that it was built into the contours of the land, rather than a building fully above ground. The Fort was put to use during the second world war, and features an intricate network of tunnels, underground rooms, and gun placements.

Since the war, the Fort has changed hands several times, with plans ranging from housing, to a holiday camp, to the museum and tourist attraction that it currently operates as. The owners of the Fort put on a wide range of events, from music festivals to open air movie screenings, from children’s activities to Halloween frights.

There have long been rumours about ghosts lurking within the tunnels, and regular ghost hunts take place at the Fort.  The layout of the Fort, particularly after dark, make it an intriguing venue. Rumours of spirits in the underground rooms give the quiet venue an even more sinister feel. A number of people that I know personally claim to have had encounters on ghost hunts at the Fort, and this was the inspiration for my own ghost story, Tunnels. The venue is so unique that it was also used as the location for the horror movie, The Cutting Room.

Tunnels is a short story; one from a collection of short horror tales (Tunnels & Other Stories). It features a young couple who enjoy Halloween ‘scare events’, sceptically joining an organised ghost hunt at Newhaven Fort. Of course, things take a turn for the worse, and they soon discover that there is more within those dark tunnels than they expected.

This story, along with five other short stories, can be found in the collection Tunnels & Other Stories, available from Amazon (http://mybook.to/Tunnels), Apple, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble (https://books2read.com/u/mgLA0z), as well as Audible and iTunes. (https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Tunnels-and-Other-Short-Stories-Audiobook/B07N14LJN4)

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