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"An Engaging Ghost Tale for an Early or Middle Grade Reader" -Joel S.

"How can I even begin to describe this book? It was like reading a mashup of Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas" -Amanda L.

"Fun, clever, and sweet, perfect for middle grade readers but still enjoyable for an adult audience" - Samantha E.

"The author did a fantastic job making this her own and taking the reader into another world" -Sheena
Every day, thirteen-year-old Henry Bats has his usual bowl of Sugar Slugs, helps tend Cobalt Sidewinders at Frank’s Peculiar Pets, and keeps to himself with his comic book collection. Just your typical day in Grimworld, where the sky is always dark and shadows lurk in the streets. What’s not typical is a suspicious Nightspook luring Henry into a cemetery in the middle of the night with the promise of a prized comic book. The Nightspook steals part of Henry's lifespan with a pocket watch, which begins counting down to his death. Henry is running out of time, and the pocket watch won't stop ticking...
The land of Grimworld is always dark, always spooky, and always crawling with strange entities. With its blurred history and questionable record keeping, mysteries and secrecy lurk around every corner. But how did the Grimworld get so dark? Where did all these entities come from? Maybe someday we’ll found out…

Universe: Grimworld
Regions: Umbra, Penumbra, Antumbra (in order of entities per square foot)
Climate: Consistently dark, cold, and foggy. Humans and animals are typically supplemented with vitamin D pills to make up for the lack of sun, and the people in Grimworld are on average a bit drearier due to the weather conditions (and the occasional Thread-Spinner infestation).
Landscape: Sprawling forests typically void of human life due to their high entity levels. For this reason, there are no villages or towns, only the three Grimworld regions. These areas were built upon because they were originally expansive fields. Today, all regions are compact and crowded, so instead of chopping down the forest (no good could come of that), expansions are built upwards to accommodate population growth. The wealthy don't have to worry about their homes being built upon as they can afford the biggest expense – private land.
Transportation: Automobiles are common, but road regulations aren’t well enforced, making driving a bit hazardous. Walking is easy and generally preferred, as everything is close together and accessible. The GrimBus is a good way to go for those with a long commute and who don’t have a car, or don’t want to try their luck driving that day. A Botsworth Tram is transportation that’s raised high above ground and runs on railways. These are best used to get to the other side of, or to travel to, other regions.
Technology: By way of entertainment, there’s television and movie theaters, and even cameras for photography aficionados. All three are quite popular. If you’re out and about and need to make a call, payphones are readily available, and if you need to write something down, just find a typewriter. Want to listen to some music? I’m sure there’s someone out there with a phonograph.
Just your usual comic book obsessed, arachnid loving thirteen-year-old with an animosity for worms and creepy butlers.

Nickname: Hen
Age: 13
Likes: Comic books, arachnids, snakes, RIP
Dislikes: Worms
Hobbies: Caring for Corn Chip the tarantula
Goals: Not die, achieve the largest comic book collection
Motto: Always bring snacks
Thoughts on Jacoby Dread: He really needs to tone it down with the dolls
A year older than Henry, he’s a bit on the quieter side, a bit more mature, and more than a bit taller.

Nickname: Lang
Age: 14
Likes: Science, quiet afternoons, Squish & Squirm, riding the bus with his dad
Dislikes: Madam Desmona’s feet
Hobbies: Sitting in the graveyard by Sable Avenue
Goals: Doesn’t really know
Motto: Talk to people, not shadows
Thoughts on RIP: I’m glad Henry introduced me to it, their lasagna is really good. I’ll have to take my dad sometime

The Grimworld is filled with odd characters, and it seems that many are holding onto a secret, whether it be a pocket watch that won’t come off, a house full of worms, or a certain, slightly dangerous afterschool activity. Click on a name for an introduction to these characters, and learn what makes them tick – or doesn’t. More profiles are sure to pop up in the future.

A small delectable treat with a strange, gooey webbing covering its purple frosting. A sugar spider rests in the center. Hattie has had enough of these.
Everyone’s favorite dish at RIP, complete with a fresh sprig of Boosprit.
The name 'Botsworth' seems to be everywhere in the Grimworld, even on a candy bar. It has little green pebbles throughout its sinister dark chocolate. I wonder what flavor it is?

The cuisine of Grimworld is quite something. From scream-worthy desserts to questionable brews, choose a fare from the menu to learn more. Additional items will certainly be made available soon.

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