October 19, 2009

YOU Write the Book Blurb: Spooky Edition

Posted by at 8:04 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writingprompt_bookblurb I totally loved all the descriptions you guys came up with for my first fake book cover, so I thought I'd do another one. [cue applause — thank you, thank you]

This time I went dark and spooky, since Halloween is right around the corner. Any aspiring horror writers out there?

Or, since October is Mystery Month, why not turn this into a case for a master sleuth?

Either way, have fun with this cover for a completely nonexistent book by an absolutely nonexistent author:


Now it's up to YOU to write the description for the back cover. If this were a real book, what would it be about? Leave a comment with your book blurb — if you dare. . .

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

  1. cicimj

    Marty Wilkins is just your average kid when he moves to Lilly Falls. His nextdoor nieghbor, Professer Wilder and his nice, Emi are not quite what they seem. When a mystrious man across twon dies in an accident, they are the only ones invited to his funaral. Togerther thay must unravel a century-old mysteriy.

  2. Elizabeth

    Sal Peterson would always long for a more exciting, adventours life. Little did she now that when her Father dissapears after stopping by an old Engineer’s shop, Sal would be placed in the postiton of Sherlock Holmes. As an only child, Sal decides to find the Shadow Engineer and rescue her father… or is it already to late?

  3. catching_fire

    When Martin meets the new girl,Lucy, her imaganiton is sparked by the mysterious death of one of the townspeople. As they investagate, they learn the horrible truth about their small town…

  4. Karen, STACKS Staffer

    I’ve noticed that a lot of your fake book blurbs include uncles. Is there some sort of worldwide sinister uncle plot I don’t know about?! :-)

  5. Kindred

    12 year-old Jason Rodriguez has a very strange life. He lives with his uncle in a supposedly haunted house. One night, Uncle Juan goes missing inside the house. Now it’s up to Jason and his friends Patty and Gordon to find him. Will they, or will all of them go missing too?

  6. horsedogwolf

    I want to read these books, is what I keep thinking, and then I realize-they’re not real! Wah!
    Anyway, here’s my book blurb:
    This story takes place far in the future. The shaodw engineer has long been guarding a secret. The people of Senvensen know it, but they ask no questions. One person, however, knows it too…and he’s willing to kill to get the answer. When the shadow engineer dies, two children must track down the murderer…before it’s too late…

  7. Artemis (PoseidonOlympians)

    Accendium joleson has one dream, to be a train engineer. but soon in her new job she finds out that Brode Fale died on her train, and he isn’t in peace. at the makeshift storage room at the bottom of the train, she finds a grave, and it’s Brodes. But Brode isn’t dead…… yet.

  8. Lavender Blue

    In the small town of White City, Kansas, the shadow engineer guards the city’s most valuable secret, something he has done for decades. One night, however, he mysteriously dies and is found in a nearby field. Former marine, herbalist, and monk Simon Baily and his orphaned niece Ann must find out what happened to the shadow engineer and learn the startling truth.

  9. samira

    what i would write is this:
    Come along with the adventure as three kids, Mary, Tulula, and Chester,find out who killed the engineer the kids always called him the shadow engineer though.At the end they find out it is…….

  10. Madison

    When the engineer dies of sudden causes, Scott has to know the truth. He searches for clues to solve this haunted mystery, but is he prepeared for what he might uncover?

  11. goosebumpfan no.1

    There’s a strange new engineer in town.
    No one knows who he is or where he came from.
    A few people are reported missing.
    The chief suspect is Ben Miller’s dad, Dave Miller.
    But Ben knows the engineer has got something to do with it.
    Can Ben prove his dad innocent? or is the strange man already committed more crimes……….

  12. oneorangeshoelace

    Amedeo Wilcox is a true magician, not one of those conmen with special tables and hats. His magic shows are so realistic (and why shouldn’t they be? they’re real!) that he gets all the fame and fortune he could ever want. But he can’t handle the fame. He fakes his own death and leaves this world, his home dimension, and goes to a realm parched by the sun. He creates shade for the people there and they hail him as the Shadow Engineer and a minor god. What will Amedeo do?



  14. Elizabeth

    12 year old Evie Roy did’nt even know she had an Uncle Nic. Until he died. Working at A mysterious car shop, Nic kept to himself and didn’t bother to call or send cards too Evie or her sibilings, 9 year old Gwen and 7 year old Jett. But when Evie goes into the Funeral Home’s basement to look for Gwen, she discovers a dusty library. Evie breaks loose with an old book from the basement… Oddly, it turns out to be Nic’s journal. Inside, Evie, Gwen, and Jett find that Nic was murdered. He even had a family! There was an Aunt Joan and a 12 year old Cousin Noami. Join the Roy children and Naomi on a daring attempt in the Funeral home where they are trapped to seek out Nic’s killer and put an end to him… because he is in the Funeral home.

  15. Dollar

    Gillian Robinson never liked her grandpa much, but she was totally unprepared for his death. He always spooked her, his raspy voice, his waxy skin, but now that he’s dead she doesn’t know how to deal with it. Then at his funeral she sees a man just appear out of thin air that looks evil, he cackles, then disappears. Does this person have something to do with her grandpa’s death, and is it a person at all?

  16. Kayla

    On an unusually misty Halloween night, you stand in front of the door to an old white house, hoping to get a scare after a long night of Trick-Or-Treating with your friends. The house had been in Midtown for over 100 years, and stories about the so-called “haunted” house had been shared for generations. No one could ever separate fact from fiction, but one thing was said to be true – An old engineer named Albert Jonson lived there. No one knew the man, though, for no one had ever seen him before.
    The white lights above the colorless door suddenly flicker out above your head. Frightened, as anyone would be, you gasp, and your body starts shaking from an unexpected breeze. Will you knock on the door? It’s your only choice. Once you’ve gotten to this point, there’s no turning back from the Shadow Engineer.

  17. Summer

    The invention had gone terribly, horribly wrong.
    All he had wanted to do was prove to the community that you could control your shadows. The shadows he’d taken for his experiment, however, hadn’t taken too kindly to it.
    The engineer’s body was never found.
    Kate and Ellen, shadowless girls, are desperate to find their shadows, but might get caught up in the murder of the century…

  18. jackie

    Uncle Tom, the engineer for a huge company in Hollywood is killed! The suspect they are looking at is his step brother, Chris! Did Chris kill his brother or did the company’s boss, Luke kill him? Can his niece Cindy figure out the mystery of the killing of her beloved uncle?

  19. jackie

    Susan works for a funeral home and the engineer for the home just died! When they bring the casket to the home, someone starts fixing everything in the funeral home! Who is fixing everything? The new engineer, Marty is deffinately not!!!!

  20. Abby

    Jacky Nordhus didn’t want to believe it when she heard. Her beloved Uncle Jim has been killed, leaving behind her Aunt Margo and Cousin Storm. Storm is convinced that his father’s death was a murder–and wants Jacky’s help to prove it! Unable to turn down her cousin, she agrees. They find a strange book in Jim’s study that is filled with riddles and illegible writing. Jacky and Storm set out to discover the truth, but they weren’t prepared for just how incredible the truth is: Uncle Jim’s killer may not have even been human…or of this world at all…

  21. Hannah

    One night Halloween night a old man was giving candy to lots of children but then he heard something at the neighbors house he went in and never came out! will Josh and Kate be next?

  22. Readingstar5

    John Tibits was a farmer working in Kansas. When he gets hit by a tractor and dies, people’s suspicions rise. Who killed him? And was it really an accident?

  23. iluvme25

    When will the terror ever end? Will it? No one will know, since the shadow engineer died, he was the one who knew.Will you be next?????

  24. manga eyes

    hahahaha the death of a engineer is not the first in this town more like the 10th!!!a mysterious killer lurks in the town of shadow leaving no one in the mood for halloween just in the mood for the search for a killer………

  25. Kim

    When Jacob’s long lost uncle comes back, he doesn’t have a clue why he came, or who he is. When his father is killed in a train accident, Jacob is convinced that his uncle tom is part of it. Join Jacob and his friends on this search for who excactly Uncle Tom is, and uncover secrets that were better left unturned…

  26. princessrock

    Jennifer and Henry never thought their next door neighbor’s house was normal. So when he dies in his own house, it most be really haunted! Can Henry and Jennifer find the truth?

  27. Candysplash

    Are you looking for chilling horror books that make you want to scream?If you do,read The Shadow Engineer’s
    Funeral.This will take you deep into the mysterious world of a mad engineer.When a plan goes terribly wrong,you will never believe what happens…

  28. Thestral96/Susa

    The tenant in Cohel basement apartment is dead…and 16 year old Terrence Cohel is under suspicion. Terrence and his younger sister Wyn must find the killer by holding a gathering, and weeding out those who didn’t arrive. But when they send out notices for James Phoenix’s funeral, they get dragged into a bigger myster, a seperate dimension…the Realm of Shadows.

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