Halloween is CANCELLED?!?! No way!!
Halloween activities have been cancelled across the most of the USA due to Coronavirus.
Award-winning writer, Shane Bitterling, and Illustrator, Robert Kern III, are publishing their first children’s picture book, THE YEAR WITHOUT HALLOWEEN, a 31-page (BOO!) paperback, which oozes with holiday traditions and the theme of making the best of what you have to overcome the hardships of celebrating Halloween in 2020.
Bitterling came up with the idea for this story at the beginning of the pandemic, when he was sure everything would be back to normal by Halloween. But the New Normal reality hasn’t ended and officials and doctors across the United States have, for the most part, written off our beloved holiday this year. No trick-or-treating? No haunted houses? No way! Bitterling took a break from selling his infamous pizza out of his driveway as a means to see friends (from a safe distance) and made pumpkinade out of pumpkins. His imagination has never been so timely. Or scary.
Description: Something scary has creeped into town and stopped Boone’s favorite holiday from happening. The stores are closed. His friends are all stuck inside. This year, it’s all tricks and no treats.
With hard work and a big imagination, Boone sets out to make this the best Halloween ever. But does he have a ghost of a chance?
A SPOOKTASTIC new picture book for Monster Kids from ages 2 to 102 about keeping the Spirit of Halloween alive 365.
THE YEAR WITHOUT HALLOWEEN
Written by Shane Bitterling Illustrated by Robert Kern III
Available for the holiday and beyond through:
Amazon, B&N, etc. sales/links coming soon.
About the Author: Shane Bitterling, originally from Indiana, is an Award-Winning writer, with over 30 spooky movies under his big, ugly belt buckle (20th Century Fox, Lifetime Movies, SyFy, etc.) and has published stories in several scary anthologies from Big Time Books. Although Santa Claus is his idol, his love for Halloween started at a young age while celebrating his grandma’s birthday with creepy cakes. He is the unofficial Halloween Ambassador to Malaysia, where he has introduced children, schools and towns to the holiday. He lives in L.A. with his wife, Agnes, and wannabe werewolves, Rodan and Queen. He makes some of the best pizza you’ll ever eat. Twitter: @shanebitterling
About the Artist: Robert Kern III is from Concord, New Hampshire and is a jack-o-lantern of all trades. His filmmaking credits include Director, Special Effects Artist, puppeteer and countless other duties on several movies. Earning his MFA, he is also a classically trained artist. His work appearing in museums and film. His is a featured artist for Fright Rags, and his collectible sketch cards are highly sought after. His love of Halloween made him the perfect choice for this book. He lives in Minneapolis with his girlfriend and many horror movies. He is always under a deadline. Twitter: @rkern3