Read on if you dare... this week we're out to scare!
This weeks top of the heap: Monsters and spooky stories
The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley- Phillips is a great, spooky children's story and it reminded me of another one of my favorite tales of terror. The GnashlyCrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey is completely unique. He wrote and illustrated this classic book, along with other quirky and mysterious short stories. A few years ago, I was able to visit the Edward Gorey Museum in Cape Cod. It was really interesting. The museum is actually his house in Yarmouth Port. Every character in The GnashlyCrumb Tinies had a doll poignantly placed somewhere in the house, set up in the manner in which they met their doom- isn't that bizarre? The dolls were extremely creepy looking, and somewhat unsettling. At the end of the tour, you wind up in a graveyard set up in the backyard. Every grave stone has a character's name on it. The experience was amazingly gruesome. I found all sorts of great Edward Gorey illustrations online and this great video of the odd story of the alphabet children and their deadly demise. The creatively written stories and detailed illustrations really pull you into another world. Enjoy! ~ F
I love the monsters from Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. The animal sanctuary that they have has all kinds of creature lurking in it. You can find fun ones like fairies, nymphs, satyrs and centaurs. I have always thought it would be fun to see some of those because they don't seem so scary, but would be cool to see! There are also dark and scary beings that would probably scare the pants off of me, like trolls, ogres, goblins, imps, and, of course, some demons. I would want to view those beasts from a further distance! It is always fun to imagine what some of the creatures look like that I have only read about. Brandon Mull does an excellent job describing all of the animals/monsters in the sanctuary he created. ~L