An evil sorcerer, a bicycle-riding child ghost and a gigantic eagle are just a few of the strange and exciting things readers are likely to encounter in the new collection of short stories, "Something’s in the Forest!" by C. Francis Carnicelli.
The stories, aimed at “tween” readers ages 8 through 15, explore the realm of imagination as Carnicelli weaves a world of strange and wonderful things. With wit and a flair for the bizarre, he catapults readers into worlds and situations curious, frightening and sometimes dangerous. Through his stories, readers face a hoard of hooded marauders in the Sahara Desert, witness a ghost child’s reenactment of a horrific auto accident and attempt to reside in an inhospitable orphanage where names are replaced by numbers. Carnicelli hurtles his readers from the highest cliffs and thrusts them through a mirror into a backwards land.
Something’s in the Forest! begins with the title story about a presence lurking in the European forest of Amorlee. Legend has it that an immense eagle lives at the heart of the woods, and this is enough to keep everyone out, except for an orphaned, 8-year-old girl, Maryann Lufkin. Feeling a connection to the strange bird, she returns to the town as an adult to teach and is called upon to rescue a child in an unusual way that attracts the attention of the military. In another story, “Abracadabra,” a third-rate, middle-aged magician, Jonathan Kincaid, gets some unusual help from his 10-year-old next door neighbor, Jimmy Torres, who knows the real secret of magic. When Jimmy’s mother dies, Jonathan adopts the boy and together they turn the magic world upside down. However, fame weighs heavy on Jimmy as he grows up, and his talent begins taking on a life of its own.
A collection of stories with enough magic, chills, thrills and suspense for any reader, Something’s in the Forest! takes “tweeners” to a myriad of other realms where mysterious things lurk around the corner of every page.