Monday, September 14, 2009

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

This is Chillermania the world headquarters of the Chiller Series of children's books. The author is Johnathan Rand. His works of fiction originally were centered in and around Michigan. The success of the series has prompted him to move beyond Michigan and write stories that take part in other cities in other states. His mission is to get kids to read. He believes kids like to be frightened but feel safe. While I think it a noble idea, I am not too sure about the scary part. Life can be a little too scary at times. I don't know the merit of frightening a child and the resulting effects on a delicate psyche. There is no disputing their popularity, however. This must be a very popular place around Halloween.

13 comments:

  1. Very interesting and informative post!I think my "kids"would love to enjoy Halloween there!
    Léia ;)

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  2. Very cool B, My first thought was exterminators, but this is really different. The staue in front is great.

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  3. Cool and interesting place.
    Might be scary inside :).

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  4. I agree. And I think that "scary" is fun bit is a bit of rationalization to keep on keeping on making da money!

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  5. I think we need to call Terminex!

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  6. I thought exterminators too when I first saw the picture! Getting kids to read is a great mission. Good for him!

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  7. I agree that scary may not be the best approach. Although I am no fan of "scary" movies at all, and never have been, there are millions of folks, young and old, who can't seem to get enough of them. Halloween is tame compared to some of these stories and films.

    Thanks for the post!!

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  8. I never was much into 'scary' or being scared. I always like stories with a happy ending. I didn't like it when people scared my kids either. I didn't like it 'atall, Ollie. MB

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  9. Hello there,

    Very interesting. I agree on the idea of trying to get children to read. I'm not sure about the scary part. However, many children - and even adults - like 'fantasy' - which can be a bit scary - in a nice way. Like for instans Harry Potter or The Ring - that sort of thing.
    The fight between the good and the evil where the good always win.

    Best regards
    Asta

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  10. To 'almost quote' Charlotte "Some place! Some bugs!
    and Dorothy: Lions and tigers and Bears...oh my!

    ~smiles, Maria

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  11. I'd like to pass by for Halloween. My kid loved to be scared and I spent a lot of time trying to scare him without scarying him too much...

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  12. I'm not a fan of scary movies. As a kid, however, I used to enjoy ghost stories very much. I don't know why, but in hindsight I think it trains imagination and rational perception of things.

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