Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow by James Howe

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow, James Howe, 2006

My favorite quote: “Did you ever find yourself doing something that, even while you’re doing it, you’re asking yourself, “How did I get myself into this? Have I lost my mind?” Well this was one of those moments.”

Notable characters: Harold, the canine author; Chester, the paranoid cat; Howie, the little punster; M.T. Graves, the author of the “FleshCrawlers” series; Edgar Allan Crow, his pet bird

Most memorable scene: When all the crows fly up from behind the house and land on the roof

Greatest strengths: I found this book to be a perfectly worthy conclusion to the series

Standout achievements: All the birds in this book were actually kinda scary. Or at least, they definitely would have scared my little kid self. That is, if this book had been available for my little kid self, which it wasn’t. It was published in 2006. I was all grown up in 2006

Fun Facts: In this book, we finally get an answer to a question posed way back in Nighty-Nightmare: What about the baby Bunniculas? You’ll have to read this one to find out about them, but it does get addressed

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: That my adult self still loves these books (even the ones I didn’t read until now) as much as my kid self did. That said, reading this was a sad experience for me. It’s the last book in the series — there are more ‘Bunniucla’ out there somewhere — but this is the last book “written” by Harold. For this reason, I milked out reading it for as long as I could. I didn’t want it to be over. Alas, it is, and I am sad

How it inspired me: This series is the reason I started writing scary stories about talking animals when I was a kid. Those scary stories evolved with me and I’m still writing them today (albeit, without the chatty cats and dogs) so in a way, this is where it all began. Thank you, Bunnicula and friends — and thank you, James Howe, for creating them

Additional thoughts: Under it all, this book (and the series, really) is about growth and change, and over the course of its seven books, there is a lot of change, especially here. Toby and Pete have cell phones and laptops now (even though they’ve remained 10 and 12 for the better part of 30 years) and Harold the writing dog is (sadly) retiring on account of his arthritis. Most importantly of all, though, Mrs. Monroe has shed the mob-wife look she adopted in the previous book. I can’t prove it, of course, as there are no illustrations of her in this one, but I CHOOSE to believe her midlife crisis has passed and that she’s gone back to her original, gentler look 

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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