Simon Mottershead is lost. He's searching for his family and for his identity as a published writer, whose talent is almost too big to bear. Needing Ghosts is one day in Simon's world. One day in which he doesn't need to imagine the worst – it's all around him.
John Ramsey Campbell (born 1946) is a British horror writer.
Since Ramsey Campbell first came to prominence in the mid-1960s, critics have cited Campbell as one of the leading writers in his field: T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today", while S. T. Joshi stated, "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood."