If you happen to have read my author bio, you’ll know I was once a pre-K through sixth grade librarian. I began my writing career writing for that age group. After a few failed attempts at selling my first young adult story, I switched to writing historical romance. The desire to write for children never waned, and now that my historical romance presence is established, I’ve starting writing for children under the pen name Ally Mathews.
My first published work is a story in a middle grade anthology from Leap Books, Fright Before Christmas, 13 Tales of Holiday Horrors. This is the description:
It’s the most wonderful time of year…or is it?
Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they’re not the least bit jolly or merry. Let’s just say some presents are better left unopened.
‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more! This Christmas, be careful what you wish for…
There are several great stories in here, and I highly recommend it to read aloud with teens and tweens who have outgrown traditional holiday stories. Though the anthology was written for a ten to fourteen-year-old audience, kids of all ages are enjoying it.
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This is what reviewers are saying about Fright Before Christmas:
“Frosted” by Ally Matthews – Two brothers go out into the woods to find Father Frost. I loved the set-up for this story—a Russian folk tale told by the brothers’ Babushka. Matthews really made me care about the characters, which made the older brother’s callousness especially chilling. This was one of my favorites in the collection. ~Jim Schubert, Amazon Review
My favorites were Medeia Sharif’s story, about a video game that evokes a very evil Santa, Ally Matthews’ story about two brothers who venture into the cold forest to test out a legend, and Patrick Hueller’s story about a little boy who gets coal in his stocking…and learns he’s lucky–really bad boys don’t get to see Christmas morning. Every one of these stories was a true page turner. ~Stephanie, Amazon Review
Geared toward middle grade readers, this anthology will entertain and delight readers of all ages. FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will become a family favorite read for the holidays. ~Mason Canyon, Amazon Review
My suggestion is to read the stories with the lights on and preferably not alone. The stories are creative and imaginative and will give you chills. ~Beverly’s Reviews
Don’t miss the creepy Trailer!