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The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief Paperback – March 28, 2012

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"Charles Day's The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief should be every Halloween-crazy kid's favorite book--and a lot of us adults will love this wonderful tale as well. Part mystery, part fantasy, and part perfect Halloween scary story, it all adds up to 100% sheer delight. Bravo to intrepid young detective Nick, that black-suited Pumpkin Thief, and Charles Day for putting them together in this sweet-'n'-spooky novella."
~Lisa Morton, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner and author of The Halloween Encyclopedia.


About the Author

Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author Charles Day A.K.A, the evil Jester, is the Mentor Program Committee Chairperson for the Horror Writers Association and co-chair for their NY/Long Island chapter. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association.

His biggest success to date is the recent sale of his first YA western horror trilogy "KYLE MCGERTT, DESTROYER OF THE INDIAN CURSES, BOOK ONE: THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER (Blood Bound Books, Spring 2013)

He's written the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated YA novel, LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF(Noble YA Publishers LLC,) which has garnered tons of praise from both young and old. His mystery novelette THE PLAN (Naked Snake Press) and his horror novella LOCKDOWN(Included in Hannibal's Manor, Wicked East Press) which received an endorsement from four-time Bram Stoker award wining author, Lisa Morton, is also available.

He's also edited his first anthology TALES OF TERROR & MAYHEM FROM DEEP WITHIN THE BOX (Evil Jester Press, August 2012) compiled with 23 terrifying stories by amazingly talented authors, including four-time Bram Stoker nominated author Jeremy C. Shipp. Includes the debut, never before told story of just how his alter ego, the evil little jester became so damn evil, titled THE GIFT, by Charles Day, edited by Hollie Snider & Jessica Weiss.

He is the founder/owner of Hidden Thoughts Press- Non fiction collections where the primary focus involves mental wellness and recovery.

He is also the owner of Evil Jester Press and Evil Jester Comics & Graphic Novels.
He's proud to mention that owes much of his success to the little guy in the Jester's box, his alter ego, his muse, his best friend. Welcome to his twisted world. You can visit them at or on facebook.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing LLC (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605923990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605923994
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,218,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charles Day is the Horror Writer Association's Mentor Program Chairperson, Co-Chair for the NY/LI Chapter, and a member of the HWA Library committee. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association.

He is also the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF and has recently had two horror novels published, DEEP WITHIN & REDEMPTION
He's also written a YA horror/heroic western, the first book in his Adventures of Kyle McGerrt trilogy,THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER.

His forthcoming projects in development for 2014 include a comic book series based on the ADVENTURES OF KYLE McGERRT trilogy, THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF graphic novel, and his first middle-grade series, THE UNDERDWELLERS, and his third YA novel, IMMORTAL FAMILY.

He's also an artist and illustrator who is passionate about creating the many characters he's brought to life in his published or soon to be published works. You can find out more about his upcoming writing projects, check out his illustrations and art, or find out what he's cooking up next with that evil dude-in-the-box, the evil Jester, by visiting his Facebook page or blog:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mercuryval on September 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has been on my to-be-read list for a while now, but I wanted to wait until Halloween season and review it as part of my nine weeks of spookiness (though my spooky-book pile is much longer than nine weeks!).

A young adult horror novel, The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief follows a student named Nick as he navigates his way past the school's most violent bullies, using his developing detective skills to determine why the neighborhood's pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns are being stolen. At first he suspects an older woman who lives with her dog, but as Nick digs deeper into the mystery, he learns that the answer is not as simple as it seemed--especially as time ticks closer to Halloween.

This is a great read for young teens. It contains elements a middle- or high-schooler would enjoy: battling bullies, vying for the attention of a crush, and defending an annoying sibling from strangers. Best of all, the pace is compelling for a young reader, with short chapters and a plot that builds in intensity as the story progresses. It gets quite scary toward the end. As an adult reader, I would have preferred a bit more decadence with the imagery, but for a younger reader the descriptions were just right--enough to create a picture of the scene without bogging down the plot with details. I will note, however, a few instances of profanity. Definitely used sparingly and only in appropriate situations, but something for a cautious parent to consider depending on age.

What I enjoyed most was the nostalgic quality of the Halloween portrayed in the novel. The kids in the book are not obsessed with their cell phones or their video games. Rather, they're knee-deep in trick-or-treat pranks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kimmel-Freeman on September 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'd just like to start up front by saying I like the story. Here was beginning grump about the book. The cover. The big honking publisher logo and "YA HORROR" on the top completely take away from the cover itself. And then the "of the" screams ROMANCE NOVEL... which this isn't. So from the moment I looked at the book I felt like someone should slap the cover designer! As for the story itself, I love it. It's a good young teen read. I don't think it fits the title of YA because it feels like it is more of a middle grade book. I talked to the author and he said Nick was originally 14 in the book but the publisher suggested the age bump... Bad call, Noble YA, bad call. The book is written in a tone that suggests the original age of the protagonist. Knowing this, I came to realize that even though the cover takes away from the story and the main character's age was tampered with in a way that screws with the feel of the story- the story is still really good. It's creepy in a good way. The kind of way that makes you wonder if this legend really exists and if he does, will he be jacking your pumpkins? Overactive imagination here! Believe me, when I stopped reading, the light was on and I was seriously considering waking up my husband because there had to be something outside or under the bed or even in the closet (we won't mention that I can see almost my entire interior of my closet from my bed). It is a great Halloween read, which is right around the corner. Nick is a great character (did I mention I hate the fact that the age was changed, yet? I do.). I love how he thinks and his goals for the future. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE his little sister. Having been the little sister, I think Charles Day nailed it!Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The following is my daughter's first review. Please be kind.

I really liked this book. The characters were great. The Pumpkin Thief was my favorite character. I really liked his description, a tall, thin man with a bright orange pumpkin for a head. I would describe this book as funny, scary, and amazing. I will tell my friends to read this book. I hope they enjoy it.I recomend it to everyone!!!
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By LAS Reviewer on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Take two parts scary, one part mystery, and add a dash of delight, and there you have `The Legend of the Pumkin Thief. This YA novel is an unexpectedly fresh take on Halloween, and is sure to both intrigue and thrill readers (and although it says Young Adult, teens on up will find this a good read.)

That Nick, the main character, is himself a dedicated reader immediately helps the reader identify with him. He likes mysteries and when a minor one falls in his lap (who took the family's carved-out pumpkin?) I was delighted that his immediate inclination was to solve it, just like a mystery in a novel. His suspicions quickly connect the old legend of the town's pumpkin thief to their own missing pumpkin. And why would anyone steal pumpkins? Well, it turns out they provide an important, if almost unknown service...and everyone's safety is involved.

The approaching Halloween and familiar activities like costume parties contrast with an actual danger. The horror, unleashed in an orange mist, is something teenage Nick must somehow stop... and mystery fans especially will love that what started as a light-hearted investigation proves both important and dangerous!

Throughout, characters are strong and believable: Nick's interaction with his family (bratty sister, "unfair" parents) are things we can all identify with, as well. Who doesn't remember impatience, feeling frustrated or unfairly treated? Who didn't want to keep reading, rather than show up at the dinner table? Other characters, like the teacher who ran homeroom in military-discipline style, were equally interesting and believable.
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