The Secret of Terror Castle

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The Secret of Terror Castle
First edition cover
Author Robert Arthur, Jr.
Country United States
Language English
Series Three Investigators
Genre Children's novel
Published 1964 (Random House)
Pages 179 (first, hardback edition)
OCLC 1417052
Followed by The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot

The Secret of Terror Castle is an American juvenile detective novel written by Robert Arthur, Jr..[1] It is the first book in the "Three Investigators" series.


Three boys are investigating a known haunted house, Terror Castle, in hopes that perhaps the famous film director Alfred Hitchcock would use it in his upcoming movie. Having just launched their investigation firm, the Three Investigators are hoping for a triumphant success to gain publicity and build their credibility. They briefly gain an audience with the skeptical Hitchcock, who is dismissive but agrees to introduce their case if they are able to demonstrate that the castle is truly haunted.

Terror Castle is the former home of movie actor Stephen Terrill, who died in a possibly suicidal car accident that occurred as his career was on the verge of collapse. Terrill had pledged to haunt his former home to keep anyone else from living there. During their investigations, the boys find very scary and seemingly real activities going on in the abandoned structure, such as the Fog of Fear and the Blue Phantom.


A movie based on this book aired on Disney XD on March 19, 2010 and then aired another one on April 2010. It was rebroadcast on October 2, 2010 and again on March 3, 2011 and aired again on July 25, 2012.

The plot of the movie differs significantly from that of the book. In the movie, Stephen Terrill is an inventor rather than a silent film actor; and many of the apparently supernatural occurrences are actually Terrill's inventions which continue to operate in the house. The 'haunting' is also partly the work of art thief Victor Hugenay.

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Other Adaptations[edit]

In 1984, an audio adaptation based on the book was released on cassette (BOW-100) by Rainbow Communications Limited of England. It was adapted by Edward Kelsey and directed by Tony Bilbow.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Secret of Terror Castle at Worldcat". WorldCat. Retrieved 2015-12-23.