Wednesday, May 11, 2016

12 Hours of Halloween: The YouTube reading, Episode 1


In the videos that follow, I'll be reading to you from my novel, ‘12 Hours of Halloween’.

As the title and the book cover, and imply, ‘12 Hours of Halloween’ is a supernatural tale.

In the suburban Ohio 1980, three junior high friends, Jeff, Bobby, and Leah decide to go out for “one last Halloween”. But this Halloween night will be unlike all others. In the days prior to Halloween, the three friends have an encounter with a supernatural being who looks a lot like an ordinary adolescent. This creature, whom they call “the ghost boy”, condemns them to twelve hours of trial on Halloween night.

What follows will be a series of supernatural trials, and the very mundane threat of an older school bully.

Will Jeff, Bobby and Leah survive? Well, maybe—and maybe not.

‘12 Hours of Halloween’ is an unusual story for me for two reasons. First of all, the main characters are adolescents of junior high age. Most of the characters in my stories are adults.

I should note that ‘12 Hours of Halloween’ was not written for an audience of that age, and some of the occurrences herein would be disturbing for young readers. I think the best description in this regard would be that ‘12 Hours of Halloween’ looks at the trials of adolescence through adult eyes.

The second way in which ‘12 Hours of Halloween’ is unusual for me is the personal connection of the setting. The story, as I mentioned, is set in suburban Ohio in 1980. In 1980, I was the same age as the characters in the story. Oh, and I also lived in suburban Ohio—as I still do.

Don’t worry—the story you’re about to hear isn’t taken from my own life. My life was never that interesting. Most writers’ lives aren’t that interesting. This is the main reason why autobiography makes for bad fiction.

I did draw the basic setting from my environment at the age of twelve. This may have been a recognition of my own limitations. I haven’t been twelve years old for a long, long time; and I’m not sure that I could accurately get inside the head of a twenty-first century adolescent for the length of a novel. But I can get inside the head of an adolescent in 1980. Been there, done that, as the saying goes.

That said, I am none of the characters in this book. And I never had a Halloween like the one you’re about experience. For that much, I’m grateful.

Finally, I’ll mention that ‘12 Hours of Halloween’ is available on Amazon. But you’re welcome to simply listen along here. In fact, I want to especially thank you for the time we’re about to spend together. I hope you enjoy listening to this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Now, let’s get started. On to the next video, and the beginning of ’12 Hours of Halloween.”


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