Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Adolescent emotions and fear

12 Hours of Halloween is a coming-of-age novel. It is also a novel of supernatural horror. 

Three young friends—two boys and a girl—set out for “one last Halloween” on Halloween night, 1980. 

Thanks to a curse (explained in the novel), the suburban landscape around them is transformed into a dreamscape of supernatural terror. 

(If you would like to read a sample of 12 Hours of Halloween, please see the book’s Amazon description page. You can also listen to readings from the book on my YouTube channel.)

As chance would have it, I was in junior high in 1980, too. 

The main character of the story, Jeff Schaeffer, is not a stand-in for me. (I make it a rule never to make my stories too autobiographical.) But he does struggle with many of the same conflicts that I remember from that age: the chafing against parental rule, bullies, and, of course…a deep, unrelenting, and sometimes disconcerting fascination with the opposite sex.

Oh, those days…

Adolescence is a time that we tend to remember, even as we age. (In case you didn't do the math implied by the above information, I’m now in my late forties.) 

This shouldn't surprise us. Adolescence is a time when the whole world seems to change—even as we’re changing so entirely. 

And while the change never really stops, there is probably no period in our lives that rivals adolescence in terms of the scope of personal change. (With the possible exception of our final days, of course.) 

No wonder we remember the period so vividly. 

Another thing I recall about adolescence: Feelings are very intense when you’re between the ages of 12 and 19. This is where the terms, “adolescent drama” and “teenage drama” come from. 

There is plenty of adolescent drama in 12 Hours of Halloween, even amid the characters’ battles with the ghosts, vampires, and homicidal creatures of a supernaturally transformed suburbia. 

To find out what it’s all about, listen in on YouTube, or get the Kindle version of the book from Amazon.

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