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Legend has is that around Halloween, this evil creature, the Pumpkin Thief - a tall, green-bean-thin figure in a black suit and large, orange tie, with a massive orange pumpkin for a head and carved out eyes, nose, and jagged mouth - would sneak into a town of his choosing and snatch up the pumpkins at night. He'd collect as many as he could and then he'd carry them away to a secret location. The Pumpkin Thief is trying to stop the townsfolk from using the pumpkins to ward off evil spirits. Without the pumpkins to protect their homes, they are prey to all the ghosts, ghouls and goblins that float around on Halloween, having fun on the one night when they get to celebrate all things horror.
Nick is a young boy who wants to be a detective when he grows up. He loves to read mystery books and stories about urban legends. When pumpkins go missing the night before Halloween Nick is determined to find out who is stealing the pumpkins. Will it be the old lady from across the street, the town bully or perhaps the Pumpkin Thief himself? Nick is a smart boy who can connect things with ease. This will make him a great detective when he will join the police force. He is also protective of his friends. The fact that he already is an avid reader at this young age made me connect with him right away.
The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief is a great story about a supposedly urban legend. I love all things Halloween so the fact that there's trick or treating combined with costumes was a big bonus for me. Charles Day pulled me in from the very beginning with his easy writing style. The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief is an engaging and thrilling read for the younger public. It will give them everything they are hoping for. A haunted house, an urban legend, mystery, fear and of course Halloween itself. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a great Halloween story.
About Charles Day
Charles Day is the Horror Writer Association’s Mentor Program Chairperson, Co-Chair for the NY/LI Chapter, and a member of the HWA Library committee. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, the American Library Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association.
He is also the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of the YA novel, THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF. He’s also published his first adult novel DEEP WITHIN and the first book in his Adventures of Kyle McGerrt trilogy, a YA western heroic fantasy, THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER, and his first coauthored novel with Mark Taylor, REDEMPTION
His forthcoming publications and projects in development for 2014 include a comic book series
based on the ADVENTURES OF KYLE McGERRT trilogy, his first middle grade series, THE
UNDERDWELLERS, and his third YA novel, IMMORTAL FAMILY.
On the publishing business side of things, Charles is the owner of Day Media and Publishing in New York, which houses the successful imprints, Evil Jester Press, Evil Jester Comics, and Hidden Thoughts Press (mental wellness collections,)
He’s also an artist and illustrator, who is passionate about creating the many characters he’s brought to life in his published, or soon to be published works. You can find out more about his upcoming writing projects, check out his illustrations and art, or find out what he’s cooking up next with that evil dudeinthebox, the evil Jester, by visiting his Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/charles.day.92
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One winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US only). Five winners will receive a digital copy of The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day (international).