Who can pass up a scary tale or a spooky ghost story, especially right before bed on a stormy night after eating a sloppy bean burrito? From possessed bunny slippers to a house guarding an ancient secret, Twelve Tantalizingly Twisted Tales features a dozen short stories sure to raise a few goosebumps, conjure a giggle . . . and make you think twice before disobeying your mom the next time she asks you to clean the shower stall.
PRAISE FOR TWELVE TANTALIZINGLY TWISTED TALES . . .
“This book is ‘Twilight Zone’ for kids.” –Don Winn, founder of Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing and author of the Sir Kaye book series
“Each story is a pleasure!” —Linda LaRue Austin, writer, historian, and author of Midnight Amethyst
“David Hughes is a modern-day weaver of tales much like the classic Grimm brothers. Each story awakens the imagination and questions what we commonly refer to as reality, while entertaining and delighting the senses.” –Jan Sikes, author of Flowers and Stone and other biographical fiction
These tales truly are tantalizing and twisted. All are cautionary tales that can either be read in one or a few sittings or told nightly to a brave child. The stories actually address many issues that plague children as well as society as a whole: bullies, lying, telling the truth but considered a liar, revenge, the marginalized, breaking promises, coveting, gluttony, trust, and more. Many of the stories are reminiscent of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, full of creepiness and dark humor, whereas others are modern tales that thrill and chill or provoke thought.
I enjoyed the uniqueness of each story. Other than an odd sort of scariness, the book does not follow a single theme, and each story can stand on its own (although, Bunny Slippers has a sequel).
Every time I finished a story, I considered it my favorite. So naturally the last story is my favorite (really, it is). The House on Troll Hill is definitely tantalizing. We often think of our home as a fortress that protects us from evildoers lurking just outside. In this story, the house actually does attempt to protect its inhabitants by shutting its doors and windows tightly against a troll in disguise. But even a well-meaning and vigilant house can be fooled into letting its guard down.
In my opinion, the creepiest one of all is The Shower Stall. But then again, what about those persistent Bunny Slippers?!
Each story is a delight and perfect for a chilly evening, just in time for All Hallows’ Eve.
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David C. Hughes defies the premise that engineers can’t write. With almost four decades of writing experience, he left his full-time corporate job in 2013 to launch his writing career. He has a passion for writing and for other writers, and loves to “talk shop” with anyone who will listen.
A former youth leader and deacon, David’s life is resolutely defined by his pursuit of God, and his desire is to convey God’s love, joy, grace, and healing through his testimony. His blog site, “David C. Hughes, Writer,” broadcasts his latest take on what it means to be a Christ-centered man, husband, father, son, brother, and friend in these exciting and challenging times. His God-ordained book, The Epiphany of Joy, and his picture book, Melted Clowns, both won the Texas Association of Authors 2015 Best Book Award. He is also the author of 10 Little Hiccups/10 pequeños hipos, a bilingual counting book.
In July 2016, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press released his latest book, Twelve Tantalizingly Twisted Tales, a collection of a dozen spooky stories aimed at 8 to 14 year olds.
Originally from the town of Maine, New York, David now lives in Granbury, Texas with the loves of his life: his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Hannah. At last count he also has two dogs, a handful of fish, six chickens, and countless geckos.
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