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Setting the Scene for My Next “Scary Tales”: The Importance of Place

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 Posted in Scary Tales, the writing process | No Comments »


I've had a semi-solid idea for the next "Scary Tales" book (number 6, untitled), for a while. But nothing real specific. I've been fleshing out characters, still debating the introduction of a third character, wondering if she's necessary or not. Definitely going ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #177: Second-Grader Turns Into Reading Monster

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Posted in Fan Mail, Scary Tales | No Comments »


Okay, gather round, people, nice and tight. Here's one from a proud mother in Indiana . . . Mr Preller, Oh boy, you have created a Monster at my home! My 2nd grader 8 yr old is hooked and In love with ...

Sneak Peak: Cover for SCARY TALES #5, “The One-Eyed Doll”

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Posted in Scary Tales, Uncategorized | No Comments »


When I think of the five books I've written so far for the "Scary Tales" Series -- currently working on #6 now -- I sometimes consider their relative "fear factor." I have been open about my debt to Rod Serling's "The ...

The Story Behind This Illustration: Art Inspiring Art

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 Posted in Scary Tales, School Visits, the writing process | No Comments »


When I first saw this illustration, I thought to myself, "Yes! That's exactly what I hoped for -- but better." Drawn by Iacopo Bruno, the image will appear in SCARY TALES: NIGHTMARELAND (June, 2014). For years, on school visits, I heard the ...

Look, See: The New Cover for “SCARY TALES: NIGHTMARELAND”

Monday, January 6th, 2014 Posted in Bystander, Scary Tales | 1 Comment »


Yes I do, yes I do love getting that first look at a new book cover. This title, number four in my Scary Tales Series, is due out in June (I think). More on this another time. I'm currently knocking myself out on ...

FAN MAIL WEDNESDAY #172: Leal Writes from Istanbul!

Monday, December 16th, 2013 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, Scary Tales | No Comments »


Dear James Preller, My name is Leal. I'm 10 years old and I go to ______ School in Istanbul in Turkey. This year for our semester project, I read one of your books. It was "The Case of the Disappearing ...

FAN MAIL WEDNESDAY #170: Seth from Iowa Is Scared & Happy About It

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 Posted in Fan Mail, Scary Tales, the writing process | 2 Comments »


Here we go, folks. It's time for Fan Mail Wednesday -- and it's actually Wednesday, a first for the entire staff here at Jamespreller.com! I'm reaching into the big box of letters . . . ah, here's one from Seth in ...

Two Images I Love, and Why I Love Them

Friday, November 8th, 2013 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Scary Tales | No Comments »


For starters, apologies to the artists, Iacopo Bruno (SCARY TALES #3: Good Night, Zombie) and Greg Ruth (A Pirate's Guide to Recess). The art represented below might make them sick to the heart; I can only guess. The shots below were ...

One Nice Thing About Being an Author . . . Deserves Another

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 Posted in Scary Tales, the writing process | No Comments »


There are so many great things about being an author. What a life, truly. Blessed, blessed, blessed. I first published in 1986, and I've been involved in a lot of books over those years. Some of them good ones, too! One ...

COMINGS & GOINGS: The Rochester Children’s Book Festival, November 16th

Monday, November 4th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Current Events, Family, Jigsaw Jones, Scary Tales, Uncategorized | No Comments »


I've always heard great things about the Rochester Children's Book Festival, but never got invited. I tried to weasel an invitation a few years back (clever Cynthia DeFelice reference), but that went nowhere. Finally, at last, I wore 'em down. ...