The Book That Was The Spark That Lit The Fire.

Occasionally a thread comes up at one of the web forums I frequent asking what book or books read as a child hooked one on genre fiction.

For me it was a combination of the many dinosaur books I devoured from my local library and this book.

This is the book that was the spark that lit the fire. I ordered it through my school’s grade school book program. The cover in the ordering pamphlet caught my eye and has stuck with me forever. As an eight year old it enthralled and hypnotized me. The ghost. Was he stalking the boy? The boy with the flashlight and shovel. Where was he going? Was he going to dig up a treasure or perhaps… maybe even a grave? And his head was tilted towards the tree where the ghost was hiding! Had the boy heard something? Seen something? And the name, ‘Dibble Hollow.’ It sounded so deliciously mysterious and spooky. Behind the cover lay pages with so many intriguing possibilities! All these thoughts set my mind racing and my heart pounding.

This was the book that flipped a switch in my brain. Once I devoured it in a reading frenzy, a universe of potential stories to read opened before me. From here came the discoveries of Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Stoker, Shelley, Bradbury and later King, Straub, Matheson etc and so many more.

It all started with the image on this book cover.

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Sigh! Why Did We Leave This?

Compare this picture to the ones from February 13th and well there is no comparison.

The vacation was grand. DisneyWorld was a blast. Our son – and us – had a great time!

There were two highlights.

The first happened at the Indiana Jones Stunt show. Timothy was chosen to participate in the show. We ended up with front rows seats and just before the first action scene was to start; the one where Indiana enters the cave, grabs the gold idol, avoids traps, and outruns the rolling boulder, Timothy ran out on the stage floor on cue, was given a great introduction and then yelled out those 3 famous words – ‘Lights! Cameras! Action!’ before bounding back up to our seats to much applause. He pulled it off like a real pro.

Here is the video proof:

The second highlight happened on another day. We had an early start and had just done Splash Mountain where a Disney rep was at the end of the ride to hand us all a DreamPass. This nifty super ticket allowed us to FastPass 8 rides. This enabled us to bypass the regular ride line ups and do Magic Kingdom in a day instead of the normal two it usually takes! Awesome but we were beat at the end of that day.

A splendid time was had by all. Now we are back to the grind and guess what? Another overnight snow storm has been forecast.

Ah well, I’ll just keep staring at that Fort Lauderdale picture until spring arrives.