AN ESSEX-based author has published her fourth book after a successful debut last year.

Sam Scott had been a writer on and off for around 14 years before publishing her first children's book in August.

This year, the Wickham Bishops author has published her fourth book called House of a Hundred DoorsMaldon and Burnham Standard: Author - Sam Scott released her fourth bookAuthor - Sam Scott released her fourth book (Image: Sam Scott)

Sam's new book is a thriller about five teenagers who are sent into an ancient, decaying building in Pennsylvania, USA, to hunt out a bag of prize money as part of a live TV show.

Although the author has been mainly writing for children, horror is her favourite genre.

Sam said: " I have watched the original Omen film at just 12 years old and after I discovered the English horror writer James Herbert, I was hooked!

"House of a Hundred Doors is my newly released title and is my fourth published novel. 

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"The book is based around a once-hospital/asylum close to where I grew up in Chigwell and my imaginary interpretation of what life might have been like to live in a place like that 100 years ago.

"It is a fictitious thriller with horrors, twists and turns along with way."

The book is published by the Book Guild and is available from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles and WHSmith for £8.99.