When you were a kid did you love fall, because you knew Halloween was just around the corner? Yes, or course the candy was a big reason to love this holiday, but so was dressing up and being scared. There were scary shows on television throughout the month of October and a lot of times, scary books were read at school. Remember The Legend of Sleep Hallow? Bwahahaha!
Thinking back to those good ol’creepy days of childhood is what inspires me to write stories for a younger crowd that are scary, but never gory, and creepy enough to give the reader goose bumps, while still making the story somewhat humorous.
Last year I released “Ally Ally Oxen Free” as a Kindle short story. This story revolves around one game that all kids love to play as a child—hide and seek. (Well, at least I did, and I had 4 sisters and 3 brothers to play along with me.) Tom is the main character in this story and this young boy is fascinated with bones and the workings of the human skeleton, so when he gets a change to dig in a vacant lot, he is thrilled. But, he doesn’t expect to unearth someone that will make all the neighborhood kids tremble with fear. The title comes from the call that brings everyone safely out of hiding and those four little words have more power than one might think.
This fall, my new release “Alfred C.Bogeyman” from Melange-Books YA imprint Fire and Ice is another creepy little story with a bit a humor. Adrian and his two friends set out to find the boogieman and make him stop scaring his little brother. The trio does find who they believe is the boogieman and this is where their battle with good and evil collide. The book has a few twists that make it fun to read for both younger readers and adults.
I have discovered that I love writing books for the YA crowd and have others in the works. I am currently working on a third eBook, “Mermaid’s Kiss,” about a boy who sets out to catch a mermaid to help heal a dying relative’s illness. The mermaid kiss is supposed to heal and her tears are like a fountain of youth, so the story is based on this premise. However, this one is not creepy, but full of fantasy and fun.
If you are feeling nostalgic, or have a child at home, feel free to check out my creepy little stories. Stories are always more fun when you share them. 🙂
Bio: Molly holds a BA in professional writing. She lives in rural Indiana and works as a freelance writer and author. Molly has also been known to write the occasional quirky greeting card verse and some questionable poetry. Visit her website to learn more about current and upcoming writing projects as well as book release dates.
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