When I was a kid I used to love it when one of my friends would jump out from behind a door and try to scare me. I always did the same thing in response. First I freaked out! This usually involved some yelling and some running through the house. But I always stopped, eventually, and started laughing my head off. There’s something really fun about being scared, and I guess that was at least part of why I wanted to film certain scenes from my new book, Skeleton Creek. Don’t get me wrong — I love books! — I just think a video has a bigger bang when it comes to a good, old-fashioned adrenaline rush.
Here are two pieces of advice about experiencing Skeleton Creek that will give you the best experience:
1) Skeleton Creek is like nothing you’ve ever read before, because it’s a book and a movie at the same time. Read and watch the story in order! I’ve gotten a few emails where people read the entire book, then went online and watched all nine videos at one time. Don’t do that! This is a story from two characters — one with a pen and one with a video camera — don’t leave one of them waiting for you online until the end. If you see a page with a website address and a password on it, go watch the video before reading any further in the book.
2) If the idea of getting out of your chair to watch a video has you wishing you could stay put, use Skeleton Creek Mobile! The videos are available at iTunes (just enter the keywords “skeleton creek” in the store) and on many mobile phones.
Above all, have fun with Skeleton Creek! It’s not THAT scary, it’s FUN scary, the kind of story that makes you jump back, then laugh at yourself, then keep charging ahead.
See you on the inside!