Hello! I’m Pat Walsh. Welcome to my website!
When I was nine, I decided I wanted to be an archaeologist. I’d come across the word in a book about dinosaurs and was thrilled to realise you could actually dig up dinosaurs and get paid for it. I abandoned the dinosaurs when I discovered Vikings, and I’ve never looked back. I spent summers and school holidays working on digs, took an archaeology degree and spent most of my life since then working as an archaeologist. However, I’ve always been a writer. My first book, written when I was twelve, was an epic tale of a Viking raid on a small island off the coast of Ireland. Stories of ghosts, hobgoblins, more Vikings and High Fantasy followed.
I’ve had short stories and a short supernatural novel published, and my first novel for children, The Crowfield Curse, was published by The Chicken House in the UK on January 4th, 2010. The second book in the series, The Crowfield Demon, was published on April 4th 2011. In 2014, The Hob and the Deerman, the first book in the Hob Tales series, was published.
The third book in the Crowfield Mysteries series, Crowfield Rising, will be published at the end of 2015. More details to follow later this summer.
The Hob and the Deerman
Crowfield Abbey is a place of ghosts and shadows, secrets and lost souls.
When Brother Walter the hob returns to the abbey, it is not as he remembered it. Old friends are long gone, and even the wall paintings and stone carvings are disappearing, one by one. The empty rooms and cloister are haunted by the evil spirit of a crawling man and a ghostly girl waits in vain for her long dead father to come for her.
Who is the mysterious Deerman, and why does it come to the abbey in the dead hours of the night?
And why does the old Cold Fair still appear on the village green each year?
The hob has old wrongs to put right and mysteries to untangle, but time is running out and the crawling man is coming for him…