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Inspiring Fear: Halloween Spookies

hblf, lfneJason L Blair31 October 2016

Happy Halloween, everybody! With work and travel, I didn’t have time to put together a proper Halloweek this year but I didn’t want the holiday to pass without at least something.

Thanks, Dread Central, for coming to the rescue! Check out the following link for information on a family-friendly anthology called Halloween Spookies.

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Inspiring Fear: A Monster Calls

hblf, lfneJason L Blair14 July 2016

I’m kinda stunned by how much I love this.

Most of the kids-plus-monsters movies I post about have the two sides opposing each other. That is, after all, the heart of Little Fears: kids fighting monsters. But the below film, A Monster Calls, is all about a boy who has a monster on his side. I won’t say anything more other than to implore you to watch the trailer below.

It’s based on Patrick Ness’s book of the same name. I plan to pick this one up immediately.

For you fans of Monsters and Other Childish Things, this fits so very well there too.

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Inspiring Fear: Stranger Things

hblf, lfneJason L Blair09 June 2016

A friend just forwarded me the following trailer and I had to update this site as soon as I could.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things, a Netflix Original homage to the supernatural thrillers of the 80s, drops July 15th. I don’t know much about this series—and kinda don’t want to yet—but the trailer has me super intrigued. And it looks like prime inspiration for Little Fears.

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Little Fears: The Wolf Pact Update

hblf, lfne, newsJason L Blair07 March 2016

Hello, everyone!

After a heated weekend sprint, I hit the 80% mark on the Little Fears Middle Grade novel The Wolf Pact. I can see the first draft wrapping up by the end of the week.

The Wolf Pact Cover Mock-Up WIP
(Cover-in-Progress)

Doesn’t mean it’ll be good to go though. I’ll take it through multiple editing passes before releasing it in digital.

Those of you who pledged for a digital copy of the book during the Blessed are the Children Kickstarter will get your comp copies first. Then I’ll put it up for wider sale on DriveThruFiction, Amazon, etc.

The print copies will follow but I’m considering a Kickstarter to fund a wider print run and to also fund the follow-up, tentatively titled Fairy Tale Ending, which I will have written prior to the launch of the Kickstarter.

I’m just considering this though. I don’t want to hold up those who have been waiting for their print copies but it might be nice to potentially add some interior illustrations to the book (akin to Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always, if you’re familiar).

I’ll follow up once the first draft is done. Stay tuned!

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Inspiring Fear: The Boy

hblf, lfneJason L Blair29 February 2016

The past year or so has been a good time for horror fans, from It Follows to Crimson Peak to Krampus, but I was perhaps most impressed by William Brent Bell’s The Boy.

Here’s the premise (courtesy of IMDb):

An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

For Little Fears fans, The Boy stands on familiar ground: an old isolated house, a creepy doll, a protagonist nobody believes. In fact, if you age down the main character to 12 or so, you can lift this wholesale for your own Little Fears episode. It is so relevant to the game, that I wrote one of The Boy‘s inspirations, Robert the Doll, as a monster back in Halloweek 2012.

So, consider this one to be a top inspiration. If you get a chance to watch it, I highly recommend you do so. Or, at the very least, check out the trailer below:

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Inspiring Fear: Krampus

hblf, lfneJason L Blair09 December 2015

“This is the new Gremlins,” I said to my 12yo as we walked out of our viewing of Krampus.

I stand by that statement. While there’s no adorable Mogwai at the heart of this film, it is a fabulously dark Christmas fable with a lot of heart, charm, and atmosphere.

And it’s perfect Little Fears material. There are plenty of creatures besides the titular German demon to source for your own Little Fears games. I won’t go into details, because they’re best left unspoiled, but my mind was racing with ideas for new monsters.

I highly recommend catching it while it’s theaters. If you’re not familiar, check out the trailer below.

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Inspiring Fear: This War of Mine: The Little Ones

hblf, lfneJason L Blair02 December 2015

The excellent survival game This War of Mine came out late last year to a lot of acclaim, especially in regards to its story and tone. Based on the Siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, the game focused not on the soldiers but the civilians who endured life in a place that was no longer a home.

This January, developers 11-bit Studios are releasing a new story called This War of Mine: The Little Ones which focuses on the children affected by war. I think it looks great and I see a lot of potential for use in your Little Fears games. Check out the trailer below. (Warning: Mild language and violence.)

Disclosure: This War of Mine: The Little Ones is being published by Deep Silver who own my employer, Deep Silver Volition. That said, I honestly think this looks great and can be very relevant to Little Fears, especially the original edition.

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Inspiring Fear: Poltergeist (2015)

hblf, lfneJason L Blair05 February 2015

Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) and Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) are bringing the world a new take on the classic film Poltergeist.

I’m not a hater on reboots. John Carpenter’s The Thing and Brian De Palma’s Scarface are both brilliant remakes. Judging from this trailer, Poltergeist has definite potential. Check out the trailer below and, if you’re interested, get ready for its theatrical release on July 24th.

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Inspiring Fear: Dust

hblf, lfneJason L Blair21 August 2014

I really don’t want to spoil anything by saying how this wonderful 7-minute short film starring Alan Rickman relates to Little Fears so please just trust me when I say it does.

Dust – Short film starring Alan Rickman & Jodie Whittaker from One Giant Production on Vimeo.

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Inspiring Fear: 25 Best Horror Books for Children

hblf, lfneJason L Blair14 July 2014

The folks at besthorrornovels.com have put together a great list of horror books for kids including The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki and Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for Little Fears inspiration.

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