Friday, March 23, 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON: THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF


I’m in love with Halloween; that’s not a secret. I’m also in love with folk legends.
Now, let’s combine the two and you really get me. 
Remember that fantastic story Washington Irving wrote? The Legend of Sleeping Hollow?
I was so charmed as a kid by that short tale; even today I can’t help daydreaming about the Headless Horseman striding along the edge of that tiny hamlet, surrounded by carved pumpkins and scarecrows. Halloween inspires all kind of stories; I remember one, penned by none-other than Isaac Asimov himself, about a murder mystery connected with October 31st. Or what about a Babylon 5 episode featuring an alien celebration (the Brakiri’s Night of the Comet) similar to All Hallows Eve, completed with falling barriers between the word of the living and that of the dead?

And I grew up watching Michael ‘The Shape’ Myers slicing people every darn Halloween in the 80s. One of my first (unpublished) stories was ‘31st’, a stupid slasher flick about a group of teenagers being stalked by a couple of inbred – and incestuous - siblings (male and female) on that magical night. I also wrote two sequels – Another 31st and 31st: The Legend – of which I’m still ashamed today. When I was a Game Master for Role-Playing Games, no matter the genre we played in, I always reserved a special ‘horror themed adventure’ for that night: my playing group was pleased to face Count Strahd Von Zarovich (Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft) on more than an occasion.

That’s why I’m pleased to present you:



THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF 
by Charles Day

From the back cover

As the townsfolk sleep, something creeps into the neighborhood. Hidden in shadows, its presence is as old as time itself, its intent not born of goodness.

Nick, a teenager who fancies himself a detective, wakes to find his carved masterpiece missing. Now a mystery is afoot, and Nick has his first assignment, to find out who or what is snatching up the town’s pumpkins and why.

Unfortunately, as with all great detectives, obstacles stand in Nick’s way—the neighborhood bully and his cronies, and the strange old lady and her dog who share the run-down house at the end of Nick’s block. As Nick investigates, an urban legend unravels . . . .

The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief.

Nick fears the legend as he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his young life. Collecting clues, getting ever closer to the true nature of evil, he learns that curiosity comes with a high price.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars.

Charles Day (and his Evil Little Jester) delivered one of the most funny and enticing tales I’ve ever read. In the style of American folktale tradition, he developed a mystery story full of symbolism and what it means to grow up. The titular boogeyman deserves to be added on the ever-growing list of seasonal villains, and his main character (Nick) can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other renowned young detectives of YA novels.

Day’s style grabbed me from the start, transporting me into his believable fantasy world with an excellent suspension of disbelief.
I’m sure one day our kids will read this fantastic tale to their kids, along with Irving’s classic, or maybe, they will download it directly into their brain at Halloween.

Some praises for ‘The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief’

"Charles Day's The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief should be every Halloween-crazy kid's favorite book—and a lot of us adults will love this wonderful tale as well. Part mystery, part fantasy, and part perfect Halloween scary story, it all adds up to 100% sheer delight. Bravo to intrepid young detective Nick, that black-suited Pumpkin Thief, and Charles Day for putting them together in this sweet-'n'-spooky novella."
~Lisa Morton, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner and author of The Halloween Encyclopedia.

‎"Charles Day has unleashed a brand new boogeyman for Halloween. The Pumpkin Thief is a scary, scary man. Luckily, for this small town, Day has also given us a hero in Nick that is up for the challenge. Add Legend of the Pumpkin Thief to the list of future Halloween classics for all ages."
~David C. Hayes, author and director of Blood Moon Rising, The Frankenstein Syndrome.

"The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief is an enchanting tale about a teen who wants to be a detective and the mysterious Halloween legend he needs to solve. With this engrossing cross between classic Hardy Boys tales and contemporary YA fiction, Charles Day grabbed my attention on page one and didn't let go until the end."
~Peter Giglio, author of Anon and Balance.

"A fantastic ride encompassing all the best elements of both the season and YA storytelling."
~David Dunwoody, author of Dark Entities and Unbound and Other Tales.



Charles Day A.K.A, the evil little Jester, is the Horror Writers Association's Mentor Program Committee Chairperson, and a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. He's published 14 short stories with various small press publishers.

His biggest successes to date are the recent sales of his first YA western horror trilogy "KYLE MCGERTT, DESTROYER OF THE INDIAN CURSES, BOOK ONE: THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER (Blood Bound Books Nov/Dec 2012) his horror novel, DEEP WITHIN (Twisted Library Press, summer 2012), and a mystery novella DEADLY WORKOUT (Dopamavoli Books, spring 2012).

His published works available now are his YA horror novel, LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF (Noble YA Publishers LLC.), his mystery novelette THE PLAN (Naked Snake Press) and his horror novella LOCKDOWN (Included in Hannibal's Manor, Wicked East Press) which received an endorsement from four-time Bram Stoker award wining author, Lisa Morton.

He also edited his first anthology TALES OF TERROR & MAYHEM FROM DEEP WITHIN THE BOX (Wicked East Press, winter 2012) compiled with 24 terrifying stories by amazingly talented authors, including four-time Bram Stoker nominated author Jeremy C. Shipp. Includes the debut, never before told story of just how his alter ego, the evil little jester became so damn evil, titled THE GIFT, by Charles Day, edited by Hollie Snider & Jessica Weiss.
He is the founder/owner of Hidden Thoughts Press- Non fiction works where the primary focus is mental wellness collections- and Evil Jester Press, a fiction imprint.

He's proud to mention that owes much of his success to the little guy in the Jester's box, his alter ego, his muse, his best friend. Welcome to his twisted world. You can visit them at charlesdayfictionwriter.blogspot.com or on facebook.




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