Haunted Mystery Series
The Demons' Door
Originally published as The Hanging Hill
2011 Agatha Award Winner (Best Children's/Young Adult Novel)
How serious is stage fright?
Well, at the Hanging Hill Playhouse, it can kill you!
Meet Zack and Judy Jennings. Just your average ghost-seeing kid and his famous-author stepmother. Off to enjoy a relaxing summer at a theater doing a production of Curiosity Cat based on Judy's books.
But the director has another show in mind, and that production requires a child born under a full moon. A child who might not survive opening night.
And Zack? He was born under a full moon.
Once again, Chris Grabenstein provides a generous serving of sidesplitting laughs and lie-awake-at-night chills as Zack realizes that surviving the Crossroads was just the beginning of his ghost troubles.
"Readers will race through terse sentences and demonically paced chapters to reach the satisfying, Indiana Jones-like and, yes, thought-provoking ending—and they'll be hanging on for the next installment."
"The story line is hauntingly delicious as the fully fleshed-out creepiness comes tempered with humor.
It's a throwback to the kids' matinees of yore."
—School Library Journal
"It's a Grand Guignol mix of humor and horror, and another winner for Grabenstein."
—Mystery Scene Magazine
"This book is intense, fast-paced and scary (but not too scary to read before bed.) You won't be able to put it down."
"Watch out R.L. Stine . . . Chris Grabenstein is walking the astral plane, summoning all the ghouls, and creeping up behind you ready to steal away your crown to become King of the Paranormal. Boo!"
"Grabenstein's writing blends the weird, hilarious and scary with the genuine emotions
of a boy whose mom was mean and who now has a stepmom to love and protect."
—The Florida Times Union
"Creepy, with some humor, The Demons' Door, has a heroic young man, a terrific stepmother, and, Zack's dog, Zipper. Grabenstein combines horrible villains with ghosts and humor for a successful ghost story."
—Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques