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HDP BLOG

A blog featuring author and illustrator stories on the popular Hazy Dell Press children's books including Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 4

Kyle Sullivan

We’re nearing the end of our list of the top 10 creepy movies for kids, which seems like a good time to reiterate that although our board books involve monsters and mythologies that are traditionally presented in a spookier context, they are not at all creepy. Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch! are our way to introduce monsters to children in a fun context that demonstrates the power we have over imaginary and fictitious creations. They can be as fun and harmless as we want them to be.

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Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 3

Kyle Sullivan

Movies 5, 6 and 7 in our list all find a certain amount of uncanny delight in complicated protagonist/antagonist hybrids that you really want to cheer for, but can never quite get behind. In all three movies, there are only two supporting protagonists that the audience can cheer on with a clear conscience: Lydia in Beetlejuice and Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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HDP Newsletter: May 2017

Kyle Sullivan

Our new book, Get Dressed, Sasquatch! is sooo close to being available. To celebrate, we're giving away the full set of Hazy Dell Press titles—Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch!—to a lucky winner. Entering the giveaway contest is easy: 

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University District Street Fair 2017: A Hazy Dell Press Recap

Kyle Sullivan

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of selling our wares and interacting with a lovely swath of Seattleites at the 48th Annual University District Street Fair. Weather makes or breaks street fair events, and this year the weather couldn’t have been more cooperative. The only thing that would have made it more of a success is if our new book, Get Dressed, Sasquatch!, had arrived early and made its debut.

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Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 2

Kyle Sullivan

Next up in our journey through children-targeted creepiness are two movies that provide the creeps through tactile expertise. Respectively, the films we touch on today come from the stop-motion prowess of Laika and the puppeteering mastery of Jim Henson Company. If representatives of either company are reading this, the answer is “yes”: we will gladly partner with you on an adaptation of Get Dressed, Sasquatch! Just shoot us an email.

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Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 1

Kyle Sullivan

We at Hazy Dell Press have always been drawn to creepy things. Although our first three books (Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch!) aren’t creepy at all, our stories include elements and characters that can be and have been repurposed in scarier formats. As we’ve mentioned before, our goal isn’t to scare anyone—it’s to playfully recast the monsters of our youth in humorous, friendly contexts.

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Monster ABC: C is for Chupacabra

Kyle Sullivan

Perhaps due to millennial paranoia, the 1990s of our youth were a heyday for paranormal speculation and our 9-to-12-year-old selves were caught up to our eyeballs in it. The X-Files was the best (drama) show on TV, alien abductions seemed to be a legitimate national concern (particularly thanks to popular and terrifying shows like Unsolved Mysteries and Sightings), crop circles and cattle mutilations were a legitimate thing-in-the-news, and all the while black helicopters churned threateningly and allegedly overhead.

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Christmas is Hardcore

Kyle Sullivan

As you may know, we recently released our 2016 children’s board book Goodnight Krampus as a Kindle e-book. This means for $3.99 you can access a whimsical dosage of offbeat Christmas fun whenever you want on your iPhone, iPad, Android device or Kindle. Some of you may be thinking that April is an inappropriate time of year for a whimsical dosage of offbeat Christmas fun.

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HDP Newsletter: March 2017

Kyle Sullivan

We’re beside ourselves in excitement as we type the following words: The third official book in the Hazy Dell Press canon is available for pre-order! Get, Dressed Sasquatch! is a quintessentially Pacific Northwest story of one proudly au naturale Sasquatch, his slow-but-well-meaning bear friend, and a timid ranger who’d like our favorite big-footed lug to follow the park rules and put some clothes on.

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Emerald City Comicon 2017: A Hazy Dell Press recap

Kyle Sullivan

When 100,000 passionate, enthusiastic fans of comics, books, movies and TV shows gather in one place, it’s bound to be a memorable event. And when such an event is held in Seattle, the goodwill and pleasantness percolating through the crowd becomes almost visibly tangible. The 15th annual Emerald City Comicon (Mar 2-5) lived up to its reputation as being one of the happiest and most energetic events on the Hazy Dell Press events calendar.

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Monster ABC: X is for Xing Tian

Kyle Sullivan

The next time the universe decapitates your dreams, you’d do well to adopt the Chinese deity Xing Tian as your role model. His literal decapitation at the hands of his foe, The Yellow Emperor, didn’t slow him down one bit. He calmly assessed the situation, grew eyeballs out of his nipples, a mouth out of his belly button, and kept on fighting. Although your specific approach might vary from Xing Tian’s, the lesson remains: never give up. Keep fighting your ass off even when you lose your head.

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Monster ABC: Q is for Quetzalcoatl

Kyle Sullivan

As everyone knows, Q and X are the most difficult letters in the English language. The path of human progress is littered with defeated alphabet book authors who, having sped their way innocently from A through P, slammed headfirst into a Q-shaped wall. Luckily for us, Mesoamerican culture presented us with an excellent Q option so that we didn’t have to abandon our Monster ABC children's book disgracefully half-finished. So, thank you, Mesoamerica. And thank you, Quetzalcoatl.

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