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Once Upon a Scare by Dr. Bon Blossman. Thirteen spooky short stories for teens.

Once Upon a Scare soared to the top 8 of Short Stories on Amazon in December 2022!

  • A peculiar cast of thrill-seekers undergo an unforeseen fight for survival after the cameras begin streaming a live reality show on Halloween.


  • Four children must cope with lifelong regrets after summoning the estranged brother of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.


  • Struggling newlyweds take advantage of a free weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods for Valentine's Day but soon realize they are not alone.

Crack open this mind-bending short story collection and chill your spine with these and seven more grim tales by Dr. Bon Blossman. As the pages turn, the stories unearth the dark side of the holidays throughout the year. Prepare to face bloodthirsty sorcerers, murderous ghosts, and superior invaders of Earth. So, buckle up as you report for duty at a chocolate factory equipped with morgue drawers, escape a dark forest that forbids you to leave, and evade a deadly storm by attending a to-die-for high school bash. But don't fret - if the twists, turns, and psychological thrills aren't enough for you, the werewolves, vampires, dragons, chupacabra's, serial slashers, and other fiends you may encounter will put your goosebumps to good use.


  • Silver Medal for Best Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, IPPY Awards, 2022

  • Distinguished Favorite for Short Stories, NYC Book Awards, 2022

  • Winner of Young Adult Fiction, New England Book Festival, 2022

  • Solo Finalist for Short Stories,  Book Excellence Awards, 2023

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