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Author Neil Gaiman launching ghost game Wayward Manor

Best-selling author Neil Gaiman has announced plans to launch his first game, later this year.

Wayward Manor is being developed by The Odd Gentlemen, best known for The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and Slap Happy Sam's Stageshow. It will be published for Windows, Mac and mobile devices by Moonshark, the company behind Stan Lee's Verticus and DancePad.

In Wayward Manor, the player takes on the role of a ghost, inhabiting a 1920s New England mansion, who is trying to empty the place of annoying living residents. "Your mission is to clear the house of all these people," said Gaiman. "You want to scare them away. How you do that will take all your ingenuity and brilliance."

Gaiman said the game is "my first journey into the peculiar world of games." His award-winning stories include Coraline and The Graveyard Book as well as The Sandman series of comics.

A pre-order website has been launched offering various crowd-funding goodies, including dinner with Gaiman.