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The Halloweeners: The Halloweeners

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Oct 21, 2016
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9781539667810
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Four children are all dressed up and ready for Halloween. There's Kirsty, the witch. Craig the vampire. Then there's Nula, the ghost, and Toby, who's co-ordinating things whilst dressed as a zombie. They couldn't just be a ragtag bunch of stereotypes though, so Toby christened them the Halloweeners. 

Craig was new to it, though the others had celebrated Halloween before, many times before. Most of the people in the street knew the children and were happy to take their part in trick or treating. 

One particular house owner isn't so friendly, though it's fair to say the occupant has been expecting them, and intends to offer the group a special kind of welcome. 

He's been expecting them to knock on the door. He's been planning their visit for a while. In fact, he's been waiting for this all year…. 

Editorial:
Publicado:
Oct 21, 2016
ISBN:
9781539667810
Formato:
Libro

Sobre el autor

Born in 1988, John Hennessy became entranced by the world of fantasy and sci-fi at a young age, playing video games and reading books for many long nights/early mornings. He started writing his debut novel Life Descending during his junior year of High School in 2005. He wanted to write something different for fantasy readers, something without any stock copy/paste characters, supreme evil lords, who you never see and who are just evil because they are evil. A story without class-defined skills, mana potions, and the usual D&D adventure group out on the same old quest. He wanted to write a new story that gets away from the stale fantasies with farmer boys, blacksmith apprentices, and peasants who turn world heroes. Oh yeah, and he really wanted to get away from stories with prophecies and 'chosen ones.'After he graduated from Western Washington University in 2011, he hired Sara Stamey, the editing/publishing professor at Western, edit Life Descending (The Cry of Havoc, Book 1), finally releasing his debut after six years of crafting, learning, rewriting, and absorbing caffeine as fuel so he could stay awake at the keyboard. Life Descending has since been praised by reviewers, even earning a finalist spot in ForeWord Magazine's 2011 Book of the Year Awards. Darkness Devouring (The Cry of Havoc, Book 2) has since been released in late 2012.In 2012 he released At the End (The Road to Extinction, Book 1) as a self-published book. Having spent all his cash on Life Descending (sadly without return), the book went unedited by a professional editor. Despite this major flaw, At the End was well received by most. In February 2013, Permuted Press approached him with an offer to re-release At the End and publish the rest of the trilogy. A second edition of At the End (fully edited!) is forthcoming 2013.John now lives in the Rose Lands of Portland, Oregon, with his wife Katherine, their furry feline Phoebe, and their two budgies Lola and Pablo. He is now at work finishing The Road to Extinction Trilogy. Visit his website at: http://www.johnhennessy.net

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The Halloweeners - John Hennessy

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The Halloweeners:

Book 1 (The Halloweeners, #1)

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Award winning author John Hennessy

brings you his latest scary story but this time, it's for the kids.

Four children are all dressed up and ready for Halloween. There’s Kirsty, the witch. Craig the vampire. Then there’s Nula, the ghost, and Toby, who’s co-ordinating things whilst dressed as a zombie. They couldn’t just be a ragtag bunch of stereotypes though, so Toby christened them the Halloweeners.

Craig was new to it, though the others had celebrated Halloween before, many times before. Most of the people in the street knew the children and were happy to take their part in trick or treating.

One particular house owner isn’t so friendly, though it’s fair to say the occupant has been expecting them, and intends to offer the group a special kind of welcome.

He’s been expecting them to knock on the door. He’s been planning their visit for a while. In fact, he’s been waiting for this all year...

Recommended for children aged 9+ and over

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Love The Halloweeners series of books? Complete the series!!

Recommended reading order

The Halloweeners (2016)

Kirsty the Most Powerful Witch in the World (2017)

The Halloweeners II (2017)

The Halloweeners III (2020)

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This Edition © 2020

John Hennessy

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Dedication

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Dedicated to the little vampire, witch,

zombie and ghoul in all of us, and for anyone who never lost their inner child.

Copyright

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First published in the United Kingdom in 2016.

This edition © John Hennessy 2020

Text copyright © John Hennessy 2016

The right of John Hennessy to be identified as the author of this work is asserted by him.

Cover artwork courtesy of www.depositphotos.com.

A CIP Catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

All rights reserved.

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade of otherwise, be lent, hired out or otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the author, John Hennessy.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, incidents, and dialogues are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincedental.

Inspiration for

The Halloweeners

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The British have a rather strange association with Halloween. It was long considered, quite properly, as an American custom, and some of my countryfolk understandably did not want yet another import to into our country. Over the years there has been a creeping up of interest in the festival, and slowly but surely shops are getting their act together.

Octobers in England certainly start to look a lot more like Halloween.

But I’m not sure Halloween reminds us of America in itself. It may have originated there, the more childlike celebration of it, but we have to go far back, centuries in fact, if we want to discover the truth about Samhain.

For this book, I wanted to level it at children to middle-grade readers, but I am also aware my fan base is adult, and so it would be wrong to pen a story that ignored them.

The Halloweeners is based around a group of children whose enterprising nature is innocent enough, but like many of us who meddle with things of a dark nature, we can and usually do end up getting our fingers burned.

Kirsty is the headstrong, erstwhile heroine of the group, who proudly proclaims herself to be the most powerful witch in the world.

Nula is her best friend, and though not totally on board with the whole Halloween jamboree, she wants to support her friend and others in the group.

That brings us to Craig, who like my own teenage self, was always falling in and out of love. He’s got it bad, very bad for Kirsty. But she’s not having him back. At least, not for the moment anyway.

Then there’s Toby, who by rights shouldn’t be anywhere in the vicinity of a girl as popular as Kirsty. But he has a carefully prepared plan up his zombie-ripped sleeve.

Maybe you’ve had your own group of Halloweeners knocking at the door, covered in fake blood, and screeching Trickkkk or Treeeeat at you. Maybe you decided not to answer the door at all, citing an extreme dislike for a vacuous American custom only to find eggs had been levelled at your precious wooden door. Or even worse, your car.

Such childlike activities are annoying perhaps, but they are innocent. The question in The Halloweeners is in discovering who is innocent in the tale.

The answer might just surprise you.

The setting of the fictional Gorswood should not come as a total surprise to fans of my paranormal horror series, Dark Winter. But don’t expect to run into Romilly or Beth here.

For my own part, Halloween wasn’t such a big thing when I was a child, although I did like some elements of it. We had neighbours in the adjacent road that we used to enjoy mildly terrorising on the night in question. I feel quite bad about it now, but I don’t think our actions were that bad. I will give you an idea of what we did.

There was one man who had two trees either side of his door, about three feet away from the door knocker. We wrapped toilet roll around these trees, looping them again and again. This meant that if he tried to come out of his front door, he would hit a load of tissue. And it didn’t bear thinking about if it actually rained.

Now, are you sitting comfortably? Have you got a glass of the good stuff in your hands (for younger readers, that’s Diet Coke and nothing stronger) Are the curtains drawn? Is it silent on your road? Have you dimmed the lights in your room? Have you prepared yourself a drop of your own witch’s brew?

Good. Relax, take a breath, and start to read. Just make sure you finish before All Hallows Eve. Before you know it, Halloween will be back again.

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John Hennessy, October 2016

Table of Contents

Contents

The Halloweeners:

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Dedication

Copyright

Inspiration for

The Halloweeners

Table of Contents

Keeping the Gang Together:

Chapter 1

Where the Roads Have No Names:

Chapter 2

Bayswater Bill:

Chapter 3

The House of Broken Bulbs:

Chapter 4

Dark Clouds and Unforgettable Kisses:

Chapter 5

Trick, Treat, Trust, Deceit:

Chapter 6

Epilogue:

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Keeping the Gang Together:

Chapter 1

Toby was well organised, that much was for certain. Just twelve years old, or twelve and three quarters to be exact, he was quite vocal about that.

Kirsty, who was the object of his affection, was not invited into his little group by accident. He had always meant for her to be there. She’d recently broke up with Craig, but Toby dismissed his request to be left out of the group.

We’re not boyfriend and girlfriend any more, rued a distraught and inconsolable Craig. You shouldn’t be bringing her. Or you should leave me out of it. Or leave us both out of it. Yeah. That’s what you should do.

Toby thought there was a hint

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