INTERVIEWER: How did you get out of there alive?
[A silence, twenty seconds.]
VICTIM: Now we’re getting somewhere, but you already know the answer to that.
INTERVIEWER: Okay, when did you realize something wasn’t right that Halloween night?
[Another silence, this time thirty seconds.]
VICTIM: When I discovered that so many of my neighbors were dead.
This Halloween, critically acclaimed authors Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss welcome you to visit the Stillbrook Apartments...where some very interesting people have lived and died, and where something just might be very, very wrong with the children.
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Praise for The Halloween Children
"Instead of a caretaker husband with a wife and son in an Overlook Hotel a la THE SHINING, this book has a maintenance man wife a wife and a son and daughter in an apartment complex. Written from viewpoints but primarily that of the husband and wife, THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN is frankly one of the more disturbing books I have ever read. From page to page my opinion of who was the monster behind what was going on changed. I was shocked and startled, grossed out and horrified — and I enjoyed every minute of it. Kudos to the writers and to publisher Paul Miller for giving us the possibly most horrifying novel in Earthling’s Halloween series."
— The Baryon Reviews
"Smoldering novel with a deceptively subtle start before erupting into a
charnel house of vivid horror. The Halloween Children is intelligent
story-telling for the discerning, and most definitely the stuff of Halloween
— Simon Clark, author of Blood Crazy and The Night of the Triffids
"With sledgehammer imagery that hits you right in the subconscious, The Halloween Children takes a good hard look at unconditional parental love and the insidious nature of family."
— Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award winner, author of Slights and Through Splintered Walls
"When we grow up, we forget the strange and frightening world that children
can inhabit in their minds...and sometimes we forget it at our peril. Brian
James Freeman and Norman Prentiss have brought this home in a highly
convincing horror story for Hallowe¹en, told in a chorus of voices that
give it an eerily 3-D sense of gradually-mounting dread. One scene in
particular is unforgettable...you will never be able to look at a parakeet
again without it seeing it and even smelling it."
— Graham Masterton
Praise for the work of Brian James Freeman
"The tone and building dread reminds me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. "
— Stewart O'Nan, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying
— Richard Matheson
"Fast-paced, satisfying horror... a compelling read thanks to skillfully composed prose that builds tension and evokes emotional response. The paper edition includes several eerie full-page b&w illustrations by Jill Bauman."
— Publishers Weekly
“Freeman is a gifted writer."
— The Horror Review
“A dark, terrifying, and deeply moving gem.”
— Tess Gerritsen
Praise for the work of Norman Prentiss
"Prentiss wields a hammer made of whispers...I have a feeling this talented writer is just getting warmed up."
— Norman Partridge
“Prentiss drenches his stories in heavy mood and atmosphere, creating shorts that hit hard, yet go down like a fine wine.”
— Horror Drive-In
“Wonderfully creepy stuff.”
— Ellen Datlow
"Norman Prentiss writes with subtle power. He resonates well with the quiet horror of Charles L. Grant, and the nostalgic terror of Bradbury."
— Thomas F. Monteleone
"A moving and troubling piece of work that you won't easily forget."
— Ed Gorman