There is no dark
like the Newfoundland dark
Reimagined from family stories told across Newfoundland and passed down over generations, these 10 spine-tingling tales traverse centuries and introduce readers to the Rock’s nooks and crannies.
From a ghostly blueberry-picker on the barrens to a visit from the notorious Old Hag, from a mysterious ballet troupe in a St. John’s mansion to a haunted house in an outport community on the cusp of resettlement, these stories bring the island of Newfoundland to vibrant new life (and death) as the thread of these years-old yarns is unravelled for a whole new generation.
Charis Cotter walks on the spooky side
— Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
Featuring ghostly black-and-white illustrations from Newfoundland artist Genevieve Simms, as well as an overview of the Newfoundland storytelling tradition, and a Story Behind the Story for each tale including context on the story’s history, its original teller, its featured ghost, and setting, along with tips for spooky storytelling and a Glossary of Newfoundland terms, Screech! is equal parts eerie and educational, making it a riveting read as well as a great resource for budding historians and storytellers.
IInterview on podcast
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Tales which will keep you on the edge of your seat
— Ann Ketcheson, CM Reviews
*CBC Best Canadian YA and Middle Grade Books of 2020
*Recommended on Holiday Children's Book Panel 2020
CBC’s “The Next Chapter” with Shelagh Rogers
*13 Canadian books for kids and young adults to read this Halloween, CBC, 2020