Dark, Dark, Dark – Spooky Scary Stories

daffyduck3I’ve just started a new page where I’ll be adding scary audio books and scary videos as I find ones I think you’ll like. Here’s the first one on that page so you know what to expect. Check the menu to the left and as new ones are added, they will link by name under the Main Page – Spooky Scary Stories.

 

 

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Favorite Scary Stuff

What’s your favorite scary stuff?

Do you like ghosts best or gnomes or maybe zombies?

I’ve had a number of you tell me you’d love a scary story about gnomes. It’s in the works.

I write for you guys and girls so if there are areas you would like to see some stories in, I’ll write them.

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Kids Scary Stories vs Adult Scary Stories

wingedskullI’ve had a few emails ask me this and I thought I’d take a moment to explain. The gist of the questions:

Q: What is the difference between the scary stories you write for kids and young adults as opposed to the ones you write for adults.

A: Language would be my first answer. If I’m writing for an adult I use adult language. Probably nothing most kids haven’t heard but language I never say around women or kids and, pretty much, language I don’t use . . . anymore.

Now that doesn’t mean I want to talk down to kids in my stories. I mean there are words kids use that an adult will scold them for using. I’ll use that if it fits in the context of the story. A mild example is the word crap. Or sucks. No biggie but I’m sure you get looks if you use them?

Scenes would be my next answer. There are simply scenes that would not be appropriate for the younger audience. I really don’t want to get into that much except to say it’s nothing that will scar you for life or anything but just things I wouldn’t feel comfortable using in young readers books.

Does that help? I like writing for both groups but writing for kids and young adults is my favorite. Many adults aren’t open to magic or fantasy. What is amusing though is many adults now read young adult fiction because they find it more fun to read.

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Cartoons

I added an ever expanding cartoon page for your entertainment. It’s always nice to be able to take a little time to laugh.

These cartoons will focus on the weird, scary and unexplained. I hope you enjoy them.

Cartoons

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

wizbunI love to see the versatility in the stories read by kids. Goosebumps books at the library are worn from being read so much and now I’m seeing the same thing happen with other books such as the diary books.

Reading a wide range of books gives you an open mind. You’re not limited to just one subject area.

I remember when I was a kid (now that’s a good memory). I loved reading scary books. There weren’t many written for kids but I read them anyway. Now you know why I write in that genre.

But I also read comic books. Sure wish I had saved them. Superman and Batman were my favorites. Sorry but I don’t have any super hero books I can think of writing.

My grandson is reading my books and Goosebumps as well as the diary series. He just read a book about stinky and a zombie or something on that order. His reading level is increasing dramatically. It had been a area of concern.

Devour lots of books. Not just scary ones. I’m working on a series of books that are not in the scary realm (Henry Rubble is fantasy, particularly the 2nd book that will be out soon). I decided to do so because of all I just told you.

 

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Diary of Little Red Riding Hood

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newrrhcoverOK everyone. I’ve been working on this book for some time now. It’s different from my normal scary books but it was fun to write and I hope you’ll think it was fun to read.

Little Red Riding Hood feels her life is boring, always going to grandma’s house and facing the wolf and all. She decides she needs to leave Fairy Tale Land and recruits some others to join her.

Things start going into disarray though and Fairy Tale Land gets hit with a lot of turmoil. She may have started it and she wants to see how everything plays out before she leaves.

She started writing her diary so that in the event she disappears, someone will know why she left.

It’s a fun rid and a word of warning: A couple characters die but no gruesome scenes or anything. Even those deaths are hilarious.

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Scary Sled Riding

Maybe. I’m in the process of writing a book about that but it seems to be turning into more of a fantasy book than a scary book.

Need to make a few changes but Cody, my grandson, rolled his eyes when I first told him about it and then decided it might be a good idea. He’s helping me brainstorm.

By the way, I still sled ride here in Ohio with Cody so I know my sled riding. 🙂

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What Would be Scarier

What would be scarier to you?

Waking up in the middle of the night and feeling something crawling up your arm or leg? I mean that would creep me out. It’s pitch black and you have absolutely no idea what it is. I’m getting the shivers just thinking about it.

Or would lying in bed hearing strange noises throughout the house be scarier? You hear the noises and imagine all sorts of things.

 

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Haunted Attic Sequel

I appreciate the questions some of you have sent my way asking if there would be a sequel to the Haunted Attic book.

I’m not sure yet. It depends on how popular it is. I know I left it open at the end just in case. If I do write a sequel, it will have to be different. I’d probably focus more on the portal. I have some thoughts on that but again, I need to see how the first book goes.

One reader told me they might never look the same way at their dolls again. 🙂 My wife has an old antique doll that I’ve always told her looked seriously evil. I have it hidden away although I think maybe  bringing it out and sitting it in the bedroom might give me some ideas for other scary stories.

Nope. Not gonna do it.

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Haunted Attic at Amazon

scary atticIt took a long time to get this second book in the series published but it was well worth it.

Haunted Attic, which I was originally going to title Scary Attic, starts out with an insight as to what happened to the people who lived in the house before the Wilson’s moved in.

Jimmy Wilson and his best friend Amanda can’t convince Jimmy’s dad that the evil in the attic is real. They have to find a way to stop it before it kills.

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