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Paul McMurray grew up on the SW side of Chicago (one block from Midway Airport) and then lived in nearby suburbs. He stayed out of serious trouble thanks to his strict-but-kind mom and a top-ranking relative on the CPD. He worked a lot of jobs, including selling insurance in the “inner city”, where he had a loaded gun pointed at his head twice (by undercover cops, not residents) but didn’t get shot, and learned to look out for roving packs of feral dogs. He also remembers gratefully the many good people there who checked the windows first so he didn’t get robbed and/or his butt kicked. He then joined his family in owning and running the 2nd largest private campground in SE Wisconsin (at the time and may still be), and still writes about camping mishaps at scoopjackson.net, where his alter-ego resides. He travels frequently to Chicago for more "research" on Zak and Freddy capers, which usually involves Italian beef sandwiches and beer. And, of course, White Castles.
on Sep. 25, 2010 :
I wish I could say that I was the inspiration behind this book (as I am for most of this fine author's "Jason Starr" books) but alas, I am not.
Well written and if you know the author like I do (which you don't!) you'd know that he had a blast writing it and his sense of humor, intelligence, and wit really come through. Well worth the dollar!
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)
on Sep. 08, 2010 :
I enjoyed this very much, it brought me back to my youth when I would read Goosebumps with one eye closed.
Thanks Scoop, keep up the good work
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Aug. 02, 2010 :
"Evil Camp" would be a great Halloween read. The story takes place over 3 nights at the deserted Devil's Pond Campground. With each night the creepiness and terror intensify as Hunter, the 14-year-old narrator, battles to keep himself and his 10-year-old sister alive. Her only protector when their father disappears on the first night, Hunter must use his wits to overcome his own fears, comfort his sister, and find a way to fight the evil forces that threaten to destroy them: Digger, the decrepit caretaker who only seems to care about scaring them to death; two escaped prisoners, vicious killers, who discover the camp; and the frightening, fanged, wild animals that lurk in the forest around the camp. Vivid descriptions of the creepy characters and setting heighten the tension and contribute to the mood of spine-tingling terror. "Evil Camp" may be too scary for children under the age of 10, but older kids (and even adults) would find it a fun read on a rainy night or around a campfire or as a treat on Halloween.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)