In a brief departure from full-length novels, I’m releasing not one but two kids’ books at the beginning of October. 


These books mark the first pair in a series of four holiday tales aimed at young readers. Deliciously dark and beautifully illustrated by my irreplaceable partner-in-crime, Arianne Elsammak, the subject material is fun and accessible for anyone who wants a bit of mischief and humor with their holiday reading. 


I always liked gruesome kids’ stories growing up, particularly Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Revolting Rhymes, The Twits, etc. So it’s no surprise that instead of puppies and kittens, I wrote about killer turkeys and haunted houses.


D. Melhoff

D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.