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Monday, June 10, 2013

Scary Thoughts


Let's pause for a moment and go backward or forward, if you wish, in time to Halloween, when little hobgoblins often dressed in very weird customs come a-knocking at your door begging for candy.

I believe that giving out candy just because children ask for it is not right. So, in response to their "Trick or Treat", I retort with: "If you do a trick for me, then you'll get a treat. If not, not." Most of the kids in my neighborhood come prepared with jokes, riddles, stories, and elaborate explanations of their attire. Some do cartwheels on the lawn and a few perform really neat and interesting magic tricks. All of them eventually leave with two or three bite-sized candy bars in their goodie bags and while I smile while waving at them from the stoop as they happily leave, I always find the tradition a bit peculiar.

Rather like Miss Peregrine's charges in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Only, in this case, the children's tricks are real and the only real treats about this graphically absorbing novel is that it is a morbidly fascinating read and that the story is a metaphor for real-life terrors, even though the children are stuck in a time-stasis and Jacob Portman, their hero, is the only one who can save them from those often all-too-genuine "things that go bump in the night".

If you follow the link to my review on www.authorexposure.com, you will find out why.
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:

the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Forty-Thirty 
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast

Bethlehem

Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood

 

 

Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
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the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA
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