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Children's Fiction Horror & Ghost Stories

Pages of Doom

by (author) Jeff Szpirglas

illustrated by Andrew P. Barr

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2024
Horror & Ghost Stories, Paranormal, Short Stories
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
    List Price

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Middle grader Tanya has managed to stop famed horror writer Joel Southland from stealing people's nightmares for his books.

The malevolent, sentient ink that had been the source of all his powers and successes now belongs to Tanya. But the ink—which feeds on nightmares—is growing hungrier and hungrier. It urges Tanya to plunder the dreams of others so it can feed.

Among Tanya's struggles to outwit the ink are eleven other creepy tales representing the dreams and nightmares of other characters in the book. From tales of dentists who are actually giant alien insects in disguise to a kid spotting a tombstone with his own name and death date, these stories are sure to thrill and chill.

About the authors



JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the author of multiple books in the Countdown to Danger series. In addition to his choose-your-own-path titles, Jeff has written award-nominated non-fiction books and several terrifying novels and horror collections for middle-grade readers, including Tales from the Fringes of Fear and Tales from Beyond the Brain. With his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge, he is the co-author of the Orca Echoes books X Marks the Spot!, Something's Fishy and Messy Miranda. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children, two cats (the cats are not twins) and one dog. In his spare time, he teaches elementary school. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at


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Andrew P. Barr is an illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and movies, as well as on movie posters and T-shirts. In 2022 the book Wild Outside, which he illustrated, won the Yellow Cedar Award and the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's Information Book Award. Andrew lives in Oakville, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

“Scary stories meld with haunting nightmares as tales weave within a tale and form a chilling tomb from beginning to end…Each tale is very original and holds on its own, making this great for reluctant readers as well. [Horror] fans will enjoy the variety and mix, and be able to come back and visit their favorites time and again.”

Bookworm for Kids

“Fraught with monstrous danger…Readers will be suitably disturbed. More unnerving, nightmarish fare.”

Kirkus Reviews

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