Fun Spooky Books for Boys

It’s October . . . the perfect month to curl up by the fire and enjoy a spooky ghost story. Raymond Bial, noted Illinois children’s book author, is especially fond of the humorous tale, with restless ghosts haunting every old barn and overgrown cemetery . . . but also full of good messages about friendship, doing the right thing, helping… Read More

Shadow Island: A Spooky Tale of Lake Superior – is now available for Kindle

Looking for a fun ghost book for girls? Shadow Island is now available for just $2.99 as a Kindle eBook (as well as in softcover & hardcover editions). It’s a fun humorous spooky novel, set on an island in Lake Superior. The story follows the adventures of three girls – Amanda, her friend Roxanne, and Amanda’s kid sister Sally –… Read More

Humorous Ghost Stories from a Master Storyteller

Dripping Blood Cave: And Other Ghostly Stories by Raymond Bial Crickhollow Books • October 2010 Trade Softcover, 200 pages, 6” x 9” Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Ghost Stories (for ages 8–12 and up) $13.95 softcover $2.99 eBook edition “A fun collection, and not one to be missed.” – Midwest Book Review “Kids will love these ghostly adventures!” – Margo Dill’s… Read More

Great Halloween Read – Dripping Blood Cave and Other Ghostly Stories

Know a boy in the 8- to 12-year-old range who’s looking for something fun for Halloween? I suspect he’d  enjoy the humorous ghost books of Ray Bial. Dripping Blood Cave & Other Ghostly Stories is the latest in his series about two young fellows, the stalwart Hank and his goofy, ‘fraidy-cat sidekick Clifford. The odd couple of buddies are accidental… Read More

Tips from Margo Dill for Using Dripping Blood Cave in the Classroom

There’s a recent post featuring Dripping Blood Cave & Other Ghostly Stories on this excellent blog, Margo Dill’s Read These Books and Use Them! I recommend Margo’s blog highly, for all of you interested in good kid-lit titles. She doesn’t just recommend a book. She puts in the time to share detailed insights into why a given book will be… Read More

Do You Suffer a Deficiency of Ghosts?

We love this line from a recent review of Dripping Blood Cave & Other Ghostly Stories from the good folks of Midwest Book Review: It’s annoying when you can’t go a week without encountering more ghosts. Isn’t that the truth! Thankfully, Hank and Clifford, the teen boys in Raymond Bial’s collection of fictional stories, don’t have to wrestle with that… Read More

Origins of Ray Bial’s Dripping Blood Cave Story

[Below is a guest post by Ray Bial, the author of Dripping Blood Cave and Other Ghostly Stories, explaining how the idea for the title story came from a real-life cave in southern Indiana, not far from Bloomington. It also gives a hint of his process as he creates both nonfiction photo-documentary books and fictional ghost stories. Apparently, they are… Read More

Dripping Blood Cave – Best Title Ever!

Okay . . . we think this is the perfect title! Just in time for Halloween, Dripping Blood Cave and Other Ghostly Stories is a new collection of humorous ghost stories by noted children’s author Raymond Bial of Urbana, Illinois. Bial is the author of more than 100 books, including acclaimed photodocumentary books Amish Home, The Underground Railroad, Where Lincoln… Read More

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