Featured Book of the Week
Morpheus Road: The Light
by DJ McHale

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it’s clear whatever this isit’s huge.

Marshall has no idea what’s happening to him, but he’s soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who’s been missing for over a week. Together with Coop’s sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined


I’m very psyched to hear that my book Morpheus Road:  The Light has been chosen to be a part of your book battle.  A book battle.  I’m picturing books with arms and legs holding swords fighting each other.  I guess the big books would win.  Or the smart books, though I guess all books are smart.  So maybe the scariest book would win, and in that category, I’ve got a shot.

I love scary stories.  That’s why I’m writing the Morpheus Road trilogy.  I’m the kind of reader who loves to get lost in a book and be taken to another place.  Certainly fantasy books do that, and so do scary books.  There’s something exciting about seeing a world where supernatural events become “natural” and anything can happen.  (It’s also great to know that it isn’t true and that once you close the book, you’re safe)  I also love the mystery of a scary story.  There’s always something going on that the heroes have to try and figure out in order to solve the puzzle.
Or save their lives.
The main character in The Light, Marshall Seaver, has to deal with a couple of mysteries.  His best friend has disappeared and he must try and find out what happened to him.  But stranger than that, he is being haunted by a frightening character that he himself created, a ghoul named Gravedigger.  Working through the clues and trying to solve the mysteries along with Marsh is what the story is all about.  I hope you have as much reading it, and experiencing it along with Marsh, as I had in writing it.
D.J. MacHale

D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies.  As an author, his ten-volume book series:  PENDRAGON – JOURNAL OF AN ADVENTURE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE became a New York Times #1 bestseller.
He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. attended New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His filmmaking career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials. He also taught photography and film production.
D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, he produced all 91 episodes over 8 years.  D.J. also wrote and directed the movie TOWER OF TERROR for ABC’s WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY which starred Kirsten Dunst and Steve Guttenberg. The Showtime series CHRIS CROSS was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. co-created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series FLIGHT 29 DOWN.  He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on FLIGHT 29 DOWN earned him the Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Children’s Script” and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable writing credits include the ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL titled SEASONAL DIFFERENCES; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series GHOSTWRITER; and the HBO series ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.
In print, D.J. has co-written the book THE TALE OF THE NIGHTLY NEIGHBORS, based on his own teleplay and penned the poetic adaptation of the classic Norwegian folk tale EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON.  He is currently writing three new book series.  MORPHEUS ROAD, a spooky trilogy; THE EQUINOX CURIOSITY SHOP, a fantasy adventure and THE MONSTER PRINCESS, a picture book.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household are a Golden Retriever, Maggie; and a Kitten, Kaboodle.

A very special thanks to DJ McHale for providing a guest post. If you enjoyed Morpheus Road: The Light, then make sure you check out the sequel Morpheus Road: The Dark which will be release in April 2011. I know I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

2 Delicious Comments:

Anonymous said...

this book was amazing. it had a scary twist to it,and of course it was enjoyable. can't wait 4 more

Crystal City JH Student said...

I loved this book.
If there is a sequel, I will definately be reading it!

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