Exclusive blog from author Patrick Carman!
I've been visiting schools for the past five years, and 600 schools later, I'm convinced the time is right for a new kind of ghost story. Skeleton Creek is unlike anything anyone has ever read. That's because Skeleton Creek is a book and a movie at the same time. You heard me right. This is the only book where you're going to read and watch the story unfold.
Here's how the story works: The first 25 pages are from Ryan McCray's journal. He's going to tell you about the spooky town he lives in and the one place he's almost sure is haunted: an abandoned dredge deep in the woods. Ryan has a best friend named Sarah, but she doesn't enjoy writing like Ryan does. She'd rather use her video camera, because she's a novice filmmaker with a monster case of curiosity. On page 25 you'll get a web address and a secret password. Leave the book behind, because you're going into watch mode! Enter the password and get ready to settle in for five minutes of Sarah with her video camera, showing you just how haunted the dredge really is (consider bringing popcorn and leave the lights on!). When the clip ends it's time to race back to your book and read the next section from Ryan. The mystery gets bigger as you go. Some you read, some you watch, and before you know it you'll have raced through the entire story: an hour of video, 185 pages, and a whole lot of chills and thrills.
Three years is a long time to work on one project, but Skeleton Creek was SO worth it!
— Patrick Carman, Author