Mark Milbrath



A lifelong pumpkin fan and ghost enthusiast, Mark Milbrath is thrilled to finally be using his overly active imagination through words and stories. Milbrath has already had plenty of experience using his imagination through numbers; he has worked for many years as a TV meteorologist and commercial real estate appraiser. Other than writing, he enjoys playing the guitar, tennis, stargazing, walking in the woods, frequenting pumpkin patches, and the occasional late-October haunted house.



10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
It was a Dark and Stormy Night: Spooky Middle Grade Stories

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Pumpkin Room

There is a mansion somewhere in the middle of a dark and dense forest...and there is a light on, as if your visit is expected. Inside is the Seed Reader, he can talk to spirits, even spirits of jack-o'-lanterns. He collects their stories of dread and sorrow and stores them in his library of pumpkin seeds.

He has carved out another 13 tales of woe...just for you.

Inside, you'll hear of a gravedigger out in the middle of the night, but you'll never guess what he is digging for. There is a town with a Halloween curfew where everyone must be home before the bells ring. What happens if you disobey? Have you heard the rumors of a mysterious vampire living up in the hills biting off more than he can chew...two children plan to investigate. You'll learn that there is something on the internet you should never, ever click on. Oh, and be careful of that haunted hayride. You never really know who is under that hood. Plus, you'll get to visit a secret island where dark magic reigns and perhaps learn a simple storybook curse with very real consequences.

So, come in, have a seat, and listen...if you dare...


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