Review courtesy of Mihir Wanchoo at Fantasy Book Critic

“The Stone Child” features Eddie Fennicks, a young boy who moves into the small town of Gatesweed. He’s a normal kid with one addiction: he’s heavily into the books of Nathaniel Olmstead, an author who writes horror-mystery books. Sadly after writing a lot of books Nathaniel Olmstead has disappeared. No one knows where & then things start going a bit weird in Gatesweed leading to speculation about the “Olmstead curse”


He […]meets two other kids, who then go about uncovering the mystery behind the author’s disappearance & also try to find out what is the curse which seems to afflict the town & its residents.

From the Q&A:

3] What was the spark of inspiration which lead to the genesis of “The Stone Child”

My home town in New Jersey was filled with spooky places. I heard much local folklore about the haunted library, or the lone oak tree in the middle of the farm field, or the big stone mansion up on the hill. When I would go back and visit, I often thought, what if a writer lived in this town and he used all these places as inspiration. Then I thought, what if the stories weren’t just folklore? What if the legends were true? What would it be like to live in that town?

For the full review and author Q&A, click here

I’m not a big fan of mysteries, but this is an interesting concept. I loved imagining the stories I read when I was younger were based in something true.

What do you think? Is this the kind of book you want to read?