An antique book dealer is haunted by the ghost of a young boy in “The Small Hand”

An antique book dealer is haunted by the ghost of a young boy in "The Small Hand"

Susan Hill is a very popular British writer who is better known for her books The Mist in the Mirror, I’m the King of the Castle, and, overall, The Woman in Black, that was the subject of a film adaptation of the same name starred by Daniel Radcliffe and directed by James Watkins. Now it’s the time for the adaptation of one of her more recent works, The Small Hand: A Ghost Story, first published in 2010.

In the book, on returning from a visit to a client, antiquarian book dealer Adam Snow takes a wrong turn and comes across a derelict Edwardian house. Overcome by curiosity he approaches the entrance and feels a small cold hand creeping into his own ‘as if a child had taken hold of it’. Over the coming weeks, he becomes subject to nightmares and panic attacks, and further visits from the small hand. He vows to learn more about the house and its overgrown garden.

The film adaptation, entitled The Small Hand (Ghost Story) (2019), was broadcasted by Channel 5 in December 2019. Now, one year after its British release, and after being part of the U-Horror Film Festival in the USA, the movie is available on-demand worldwide via Kew Media Group Distribution.

The movie has been directed by Justin Molotnikov, a filmmaker with a long experience in TV projects including My Parents Are Aliens (1999–2006) and Lucky Man (2016–2018) TV series, and the thriller film Crying with Laughter (2009). The screenplay adaptation has been written by Barbara Machin, who is also the producer together with Jeff Norton, Jane Steventon, and Susan Hill.

Douglas Henshall, Louise Lombard, Adrian Rawlins, Cal MacAninch, Paul Barber, Maryam Hamidi, Woody Norman, and Neve McIntosh form the main cast.

Here you can watch the official trailer for The Small Hand (Ghost Story) (2019).