Feature Book of the Week: The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dan Poblocki

Has Gabriel created a monster?

Something sinister lurks in the woods outside of Slade.

Gabe has seen it, or he thinks he has - a shadow standing at the tree line, watching Gabe's house with faintly glowing eyes.

Despite Gabe's misgivings, his new friend, Seth, relishes the creepy atmosphere of the forest. It's the perfect setting for his imaginary struggle against the Hunter, a deformed child-eating creature said to leave the bones of his victims in his wake. It's just a game, but it's all a bit much for Gabe, who quickly loses interest as summer ends and the days grow shorter.

But then strange things start to happen. Frightening things. And Gabe knows it has to do with the dark figure watching him from the edge of the woods.

Is Seth out to teach Gabe a lesson? Or is the Hunter more than just a myth? Gabe isn't sure which option is more horrifying, but he's determined to learn the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.

Author's Post

No ghost, no monster, no Darkness can match what it feels like to encounter a bully, to learn how to stand up for yourself, to finish a test on time and get a passing grade, to come home to an empty house, to make yourself dinner, to do what’s right when you face so much pressure to do what you know is wrong, to be good. This is why I wrote The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe. I needed to. I’m sharing it with you because I know you can handle it. Because we all went through it. Because some of us still are. 

About the Author 

Dan Poblocki is an American author of mystery and horror novels for young people. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, During his pre-teen years, his family moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Dan currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his partner and their two scaredy cats. 

Dan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in theater. Subsequently, he toured the United States playing ultra-challenging roles such as Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Shoemaker in The Shoemaker and the Elves to packed houses filled with literally thousands of screaming children. (He hopes they weren’t screaming in fear.) Though “the profession” begged him to continue, Dan gave up early on his promising acting career to focus on other creative endeavors. While exploring those various artistic options, Dan held a number of jobs in New York City including: a floral groomer, an audience-wrangler for a popular game show, a computer analyst, a chemotherapy-unit assistant, and a traveling bathing suit sales-dude. 

That’s right. A traveling bathing suit sales-dude

Dan now writes full time. He's probably working on something new this very minute!

To find out more about Dan Poblocki visit his website.

15 Delicious Comments:

Anonymous said...

This book seems like something i would read on Halloween. I hope to get a scare out of this book.
Deauna- Hazelwood Central Middle Book Battle Club

Unknown said...

This book sounds so AMAZING, THE SUSPENSE, THE MYSTERY AMAZING SIMPLY AMAZING D.R Hazelwood middle school

Anonymous said...

I hope this book has a lot of action and mystery in this book. I am delighted to read this haunting yet brilliant novelization of one of my favorite genres.

Anonymous said...

This book was full of suspense

Anonymous said...

This book is a perfect read for October! Gabe, Seth,and Mazzy were the most interesting...my opinion of course. The Hunter is a beast that lurks in the woods and eats children. Bones, are the only thing left. It's not too scary but it's great! I hope you enjoy this :3


Anonymous said...

I hope that Gabriel figures out what is causing all of the commotion and that he learns his lesson. Also, I would like to know what Gabriel did to make Seth want to teach him a lesson. This book sounds intriguing and i am excited to read it!

M.M. - Hazelwood Central Middle School

Anonymous said...

this book sounds
interring and mistrusts and cant wait to be in a fright

Andrew said...

I thought it was funny when Gabe and Seth both fell in the well. I also liked howthe author makes Gabe travel to the spirit world. Andrew, St.Gabriel

Shelby R. said...

This book had many turning points, and my favorite point was when Seth takes his game too literally and creates an explosion which scares Gabriel. -St. Gabriel

Olivia said...

Our favorite part was when The Hunter captured Miri and put her in the burning barn. By Addison and Olivia, St. Gabriel

Sacha said...

As the story unfolds it becomes a great thriller and it was an amazing read. St. Gabriel the Archangel School

Quinn Cook said...

This was an interesting read. I didn't like Seth's character because he was so obsessed with the game it made me angered. Let it go Seth! St. Gabriel The Archangel School

Joseph and Luka said...

I can't imagine how Seth would have felt when Gabe took his own life to save him.

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Kelly Collins -hixon middle said...

I have not read this book yet, and I'm not usually excited about reading books about hauntings, but from everything I've heard about The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe I have to read it.

Anonymous said...

I am in love with this book. I mean, who doesn't love a little bit of mystery??
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