THE VIRGINIA TERRACE CREEPER: A HALLOWEEN STORY
By Michael Dunne
Background: I met Michael Dunne almost four years ago when I started a technical writing internship under his tutelage, and we’ve had many a conversation about writing since then. So I was extremely excited when I found out that he had just published a novella, and a Halloween-themed one at that.
What it’s about: A ten-year-old boy growing up in the suburbs is getting ready for Halloween in 1968 when his older brother tells him the story of the Virginia Terrace Creeper—someone who appears every Halloween in the neighborhood next to theirs and kidnaps children. At first he doesn’t believe the story, but when he winds up lost and alone in Virginia Terrace on Halloween night, he has a few encounters that make him question his disbelief.
Why it will keep you up at night: The story is probably more geared towards younger readers, but adults will enjoy it just as much. It may not frighten them, but it will provide a fun, festive, and quick read for anyone longing for those childhood days of trick-or-treating and neighborhood mischief. I read the whole novella in one sitting, having gotten easily caught up in the boy’s story and his adventures on my very favorite holiday. If you’ve read Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Halloween Tree one too many times and are looking for more boyhood Halloween adventures to satisfy your love of the holiday, give this one a try. Another one to add to the Halloween-themed collection!