Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Reader's #998- James Howe: Nighty-Nightmare
That's not an indictment. Despite the title and supernatural subjects (vampires, werewolves, ghosts), James Howe doesn't set out to make the Bunnicula series actually scary. As I've said before, it's more of a comedy series that simply aims to introduce children to the rich literary world of classic horror. In Nighty-Nightmare, despite Bunnicula himself not being present, Howe delves deeper into the story of Dracula, using that legend as part of Chester the cat's theory of how Bunnicula came to be, why there was a haunted looking mansion in the middle of the woods, and the identity of strangers who seemed to fall somewhere between sinister and stupid.
Nighty-Nightmare was the last of the series that I'd read as a child. The next in the series came out in 92, when I'd already moved on to more mature books. But horror books. And that interest was certainly sparked by Howe.