Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Spooky Dark-Eyed Kids

When I signed up to be a part of the cover reveal for Death Knocks, I'd never heard the story about the black-eyed kids. But as the date for the cover reveal approached, I decided to do some research.

And wow...what a chilling story.

The legend of the black-eyed kids is a fascinating one, having taken on a life of its own in recent years. It began in the late 1990s, with stories posted online about encounters. Legend had it that these children would appear at your home or business and ask, in monotonous voices, to use your restroom or phone.




People survive the encounter. In fact, they live to post detailed stories of it online. But that doesn't make it any less spooky...

The legend has been certified "false" on Snopes.com for a while, but that doesn't make it any less compelling. In fact, it would make for a great book, wouldn't it?


Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel have turned this urban legend into a fascinating book...and here's the spooky cover.



If you'd like to read a little more about the black-eyed kids, here's a little bit about Death Knocks.


Death Knocks Blurb:
Who knew a knock at the door could rupture your entire world? They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life. 
Maverick is preparing for senior year: he’s no longer stuck in the “friend-zone” with the girl of his dreams, he’s looking forward to choosing the right college and being on his own, and he plans to have a blast along the way.
But a knock on the door changes all of that forever.
Maverick begins a mind-altering, life-changing journey to discover the truth—a truth that certain individuals will do anything to keep hidden.

Death Knocks is a Young Adult paranormal thriller about the strange global phenomenon known as the Black-Eyed Kids. Take a creepy and exciting ride in a world where myth meets reality. Death Knocks is scheduled for publication on September 26, 2014 by Quixotic Publishing.



65 comments:

  1. Makes you wonder when and where the legend began...

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  2. oh yes creepy but it sounds interesting!

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  3. I've been seeing this cover around, but this is the first time I've read the premise. Super creepy! I hope no kids come around selling anything this summer- I'll be thinking twice about opening the door, lol!

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  4. I'm so glad I encountered this post early in the morning instead late at night! How chilling!
    I love the whole idea and can even imagine this story going to the big screen.

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  5. Thank you Stephanie. Jay and I are super excited to finally reveal our project. I'll be posting some stories on BEK's, starting with the first one that was posted online this Friday. There's nothing like a great urban legend to spark creativity.

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  6. Can't wait to read them, Miranda! I LOVE spooky stories.

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  7. Looking at photos of me as a child, I was a spooky, dark-eyed one. I think I even spoke in a monotone. Still do! Well, that explains a lot.

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  8. I've never heard of this tale, but super spooky! It's kind of funny how these rumors get started. We had kids selling magazines about 10 years ago in the summer. I heard multiple rumors that they were everything from runaways to kids who had been kidnapped and forced to sell. Weird!

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  9. These type of legends always make me wonder about how and why they started. You have to think there's a kernel of truth

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  10. 1, That is so stinkin' cool! I had never heard of the concept before. I LOVE the cover, the idea for the book, and I'm in awe of the collaboration behind it. This is a no-brainer for me. I'll totally be reading it.

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  11. can't say that I approve of kids being used in horror stories like this... I'd personally never do it

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  12. A good paranormal story is difficult to find. I can't wait for this one. It sounds great--and different.

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  13. I used to love spooky movies but not so much any more. My curiosity has has diminished somewhat.
    I'm glad you like this sort of movies.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  14. The fact that it's only children who are affected ratchets up the creepy factor. Spooky kids are spookiest, like in The Ring. [Shiver]

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  15. Anything having to do with creepy children makes my skin crawl. I can handle creepy teenagers...but children? Sends me running.

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  16. I wonder if the urban legend came from all the kids trolling neighborhoods selling magazines, as Bijoux mentioned. I think most people would rather see kids being the bad guys than kids being the victims in horror movies/books, right? It's definitely spooky!

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  17. Spooky yes! We had our legendary spooks throughout middle school and high school. The most memorable was bloody Mary! :)

    I recall not being able to go into a bathroom without friends. Maybe this is why we women have this odd propensity? Don't judge! lol

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  18. Beginning today, I need to abandon my current path of personal reading for YA. Everything you post sounds like it is a hundred times more interesting than the dismal stack I brought home.

    Snopes or not, I love a good creepy story, and if it is an urban legend...even better. 'Cause it also happened to a friend of a friend of a friend...

    Thanks, Stef!
    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  19. Wow, that sounds really creepy. I'm surprised I've never heard of this phenomenon. I'll have to check into it!

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  20. How have I never heard about this? I love reading about legends (except Bloody Mary, I'll cry) but damn that's creepy.

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  21. Oh that does sound creepy; I will be looking out for a copy come September.

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  22. Yikes, super creepy!! Those pictures are scary. I would also love to know how that legend got started...

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  23. Sounds a (very) little like "The Midwich Cuckoos" which was turned into a film called "Village of the Damned."

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  24. Oh wow that's all kinds of creepy. I like it!!

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  25. I hadn't heard of this legion of the dark eyed kids, but it would be spooky indeed! Sounds like a book maybe I shouldn't read, I can imagine my imagination taking me everywhere with it especially at night if I was home alone :)

    betty

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  26. I've not heard of this before, but yikes...this post scared me. Now I want to read the book to find out what happened.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  27. I didn't know Village of the Damned was a book originally, Silver Fox. I'll have to check that book out!

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  28. Awesome indeed, seen on her feed. I wonder who makes up this legend stuff.

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  29. I had never heard of this urban legend before. What a great premise for a book! Best of luck, Miranda and Jay!

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  30. Those kids are creepy! I won't let any in if I see them!

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  31. The juxtaposition of innocence and evil is always powerful isn't it? And I am glad that it is morning when I read about the BEK - and wish it was light.

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  32. That books is totally up my alley! I will be reading that one!

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  33. Kids like that creep me out. This reminds me of the film "Village of the Dammed"-a great film you should check out-I have the shivers now

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  34. Sounds really spooky! *shivers*
    Congrats Miranda & Jay!

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  35. Now, Snopes was really just addressing that "mockumentary" on the BEKs. Just to clarify!!!

    And I've learned firsthand that you don't want to Google "black eyed kid" just before bed.

    Thanks so much Stephanie!!!

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  36. So the Black-Eyed Kids are true, Jay? Never mind...I'll have to read your book to find out, right? Will do! It's interesting so many people mention The Village of the Damned...didn't that book/movie come out around the time the legend began?

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  37. I'd never heard of them before. And I'm a bit dubious of internet legends. Too prone to hoaxes (and hoaxes have been around for centuries). But yes, the concept does make for a great story.

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  38. Death knocks on my door and wants to use the bathroom? Nothing wrong with that.

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  39. That picture of those black eyes kids looks creepy. Sounds like an interesting story though. First time I've heard of this.

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  40. I love a good creepy book and what a great idea!

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  41. What a fantastic trailer. It's chilling, thrilling, and goosebump inducing. Looks like Miranda and Jay did a great job. I'm scared.

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  42. I'll bookmark this title for my husband. Things like that give me the heebie-jeebies :)

    Hope you're having a great week!!

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  43. Wow, not that is creepy. And that cover is effing scary, but I love it.

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  44. Wow....this is eerie...yet, fascinating.

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  45. Brilliant idea for a book! More urban legends should me made into stories :D

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  46. Oh so spooky! Midwich Cuckoos :Oo!

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  47. False it may be, but what a cool, cool story to write, huh?

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  48. Ooo creeptastic and perfect for fall. I love Urban legends retold

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  49. Thanks for introducing me to this new-to-me author, and that trailer is super creepy! I like!

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  50. Congrats to Miranda and Jay!

    Is that still from The Twilight Zone? Very cool.

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  51. Ack! I think you just freaked me out. So glad I didn't read this at night...:P

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  52. I didn't know about the legend or Jay's book. How sad is that? I am a bad blogger friend, but I will catch up next week.

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  53. The original "Village of the Damned" came out in 1960, so it pre-dated the black-eyed kid legend by several years.

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  54. Oh, dear. I'd not heard of this. I guess it's Noir fiction for teens, huh?

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  55. This does sound ominous! I may not answer the door for a while.

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  56. I had not heard of this... it does sound creepy to say the least...

    Who wouldn't answer the door for a child... now this makes me think...

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  57. Hi Stephanie,

    The collaboration between Miranda and Jay has worked amazingly well.

    I have watched that video. Dark and creepy. I like dark and creepy.

    Wishing them much fulfilment with it all. Thanks for the further awareness, Stephanie.

    Gary

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  58. I saw this on Miranda's blog and jokingly commented that I was glad that the kids had left the room when I watched the trailer. Well done. Legends like that can be a magnet for interest.

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  59. I'm going to check out the links. I wasn't familiar with this urban legend.

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  60. A very chilling cover and interesting legend....

    I've seen this around the blogosphere today and the haunting eyes are still unnerving...

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