A Sound in the Attic

Jimmy was putting boxes from his finished attic in the rafters. The rafters had plywood floors so there was plenty of storage space.

There were a couple boxes up near the attic vent but he figured he’d get them later. Amanda was waiting to ride bikes. He thought he heard someone whisper his name.

He flew through the cubby hole door.

“Let’s go ride our bikes Amanda.”

He’d deal with the sound later.

My newest Scary Chills book will be out soon. Haunted Attic will send chills up and down your spine. Scary Chills.

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Young Adult Fiction

I’ll make a confession here that you probably know anyway. I’m not a young adult. Not by any means.

Second confession. I love writing for you. I’ll tell you why. I’ve written plenty of adult scary fiction and will still write some on occasion. But you guys are more fun to write for.

Why is that?

Because what you want is a fun and entertaining book. It needs to make sense but so many older readers question everything and anything. That could never happen. Why would someone do that? There’s no such thing as a parallel universe.

The younger audience reads to escape from reality. I loved reading Harry Potter and as I said, I’m not young. But the story was interesting. The characters were interesting. The world was interesting.

I also have always felt the horror stories that scared you using tense scenes was the true scary stories. I don’t care for lots og gore and slashing type stories. It seems to me to be a easy way to try to scare someone. Young adult horror stays away from that sort of thing.

Not to say serious issues or subjects should be taboo. Just write them in a way that’s entertaining and doesn’t make you want to run to the bathroom and puke.

I got off subject a little. Sorry. Back to why young adult books are fun to write.

Let me give you an example from my Henry Rubble series. This book introduces Henry and believe me when I say this kid has a lot thrown at him. The part where it gets into fantasy though, is where some adults might turn away.

Henry learns he has a special power and then finds out about an evil parallel world where fiction characters live. This world is merging into our world and Henry and other kids with special powers are being recruited to fight these characters and prevent them from entering our world.

Book 2, which is in the editing stage, is pretty much completely set in that parallel world. I loved writing it and I think you’ll love reading it. But I’m listing this series as recommended for kids and young adults for reasons I’ve discussed.

Having said that, I just read an article that says 55% of older adults are reading young adult fiction. That makes sense to me because those books are very entertaining for the most part. Hardly anything is off limits as far as fantasy goes.

Any thoughts on this?

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Goosebumps

Have you read any of the Goosebumps books?

If you haven’t, either dash to the library or buy one and read it. I read my first one simply to get an idea what kinds of stories you, the younger audience, might want.

During my writing career I’ve read lots of books on writing, as you might imagine. My goal is always to deliver the best and most entertaining book I can to you and then do it even better the next book.

There are plenty of writing rules which sometimes I felt could tend to make your book not as entertaining. Apparently Stein feels the same way because he breaks a lot of those rules and simply writes an entertaining book.

One of the things I do, or should I say do not do, is not read any of his books on subjects I’m about to write about. For instance two of my books are Monster in the Closet, available now and Haunted Attic, in progress. I don’t want his books on those stories influencing me so I can be sure I give you an original.

I recommend you read at least one of the books in that series. Of course read at least one of mine as well. 🙂

 

 

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Haunted Attic

The next book I’m working on in the ScaryChills series is Haunted Attic. I was lying in bed one night and I heard strange noises coming from our room in the attic.

The room is finished and there is a cubby hole door that leads into the rafter section where we store some items. If you’ve ever climbed in such a space, you know it’s dark. Real dark. With spider webs hanging down and open rafters, it can be quite daunting.

What do you think? Sound like the makings of a good horror story?

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What Scares You?

What scares you?

I know lots of people who have a fear of clowns. I hate them and always think of them as evil. I wrote a scary story about a killer clown but it’s written for adults. Do clowns scare you? I’ll write a story if they do.

How about vampires? Now obviously none of us would want to meet a vampire but does the thoughts of one frighten you?

Zombies seem to be the rage. When I was a kid zombies walked so slow I always thought if anyone got caught and eaten by one, they deserved it. Seems like the newer zombies are quicker and scarier.

How about monsters? I chose Monster in the Closet first but do other monsters scare you? Monsters in a tree house maybe?

I remember being so scared watching a Saturday night horror movie that I couldn’t sleep. Every noise seemed like it was someone or something waiting to get me. Then the next Saturday night I’d watch another one.

We love to be scared but I’d like to know what scares you.

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Noises in the Night

Here in our area of Ohio we’re getting the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy. The winds were whipping last night and the house was creaking away. I laid in bed trying to embed the noises in my mind for a future scary story for you.

I finally fell asleep and was startled when the winds ripped open our bedroom window. Now that’s a scary way to wake up. Freezing wind was blowing in when I slammed the window shut.

Prepared to be scared in the future. Mwahahahaahhaha.

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Monster in the Closet

Monster in the ClosetI’m thrilled to announce the first book in this new series is now available at Amazon.

Have you ever been afraid there was a monster in your closet or under your bed?

Most of us probably have been when we were kids.

Well, what if there really was and your mother didn’t believe you? How would you go about trying to destroy that monster?

That’s the dilemna facing 10 year old Bobby and he needs to find a way to save his sister Mandy from the monster.

Can he succeed?

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Scary Chills

Scary Chills is a new series I’ve written for young adults and kids. My previous scary stories at Scary Bedtime Stories were written mostly for adults, although some kids read them and asked for stories geared toward them.

My goal is to write stories that scare you but don’t overdo it. This is about you so leave comments and suggestions whenever you feel like it.

Ready to be scared?

 

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