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Monster Kids Old and New

Monster Kids Old and New

Why have I written a novel for Young Adults?  That’s an easy question to answer.  I remember so many of you, eyeballs dilated, staring through darkened theaters, ready and willing to scream for your lives. You sat with popcorn bags in your laps and you enjoyed every single minute of the unforgettable scares you endured when you were 12, 13, 14 years old.  You suspended your disbelief. And for that I forever grateful.

But as you by now probably have come to know, I am not done yet.  And yes my novel is for the kid in all of you, but I am hoping that a new generation of Monster Kids arrises from their soccer games, piano lessons, endless hours of homework and discovers what a thrill it is find yourself under you covers, flashlight in hand, scaring yourself silly with a chilling novel of horror and suspense.

I promise you one thing, childhood is precious, and it is gone far too quickly.

Ask any Monster Kid from the 50s, 60s, or 70s and they will tell you they had the time of their lives, sitting alone in darkened movie theaters,  sneaking to watch fright night theater on the television, reading novels of horror and suspense that left they sleepless all through the long night.  And they all will tell you that they want that same feeling again.  In fact, they are still willing to suspend their disbelief today and go with me on this on this quest to find the spirit of times gone by.

“From the Grave: The Prayer” is not just novel written by a dead man…it is so much more.  In its pages are the hopes and dreams of a Monster Kid who had the audacity to dream big and make those dreams happen.  A Monster Kids who unexpectedly finds himself still remembered, even loved.  “From the Grave: The Prayer” is for you my old, loyal fans and to those new Monster Kids who might stumble across me and my novel, late one night…and with a flashlight, even if it is an app on their iPhone, and get to feel the delicious sensation of having your own wild imagination take you on your own personal ride down nightmare lane.

Monster Kids old and new, I am back “From the Grave!”

2 Comments

  1. Let me share a little secret with you Mr Castle. When I was a small child, someone came to our place dressed as the Frankenstein monster. Scared the yell out of me.

    Ironically, I grew up obsessed with horror films, the old Universal classics, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Sr and Jr, Vincent Price.

    In my reading of horror film books, I saw stories about this film producer/director who insured his audience, shocked the seats, made skeletons leap from the screen, let the audience decide the ending of a movie. I had had to see these movies and learn what I could.

    I wrote a letter to my local tv station when I was a child because during their showing of Mr Sardonicus, they edited out the punishment poll segment. That after getting in a fight with my parents to stay up to watch it. I have their response back to me around someplace

    Now as an adult ( well someone almost 50) I’ve seen those movies in the way they were intended to be. Thanks to Bruce. Yes, it took me 35 years, but it was worth the wait.

    • William Castle says:

      Tom, you are a true fan, a wonderful man (I did meet you on that platform a year ago) and an incredible champion of my work. I am eternally grateful.

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