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Summer is here! School is out! And the time has finally come to stop trying to rack up AR points and, instead, read the books you want to read for fun.

The one you’ll probably want to start with is DOWN A DARK HALL. Why? Because the film rights have been optioned by Stephanie Meyer, the author of the TWILIGHT books. If you’ve read those books or seen the movies you know that Stephanie Meyer loves scary stories, and I’m thrilled to discover that mine are among her favorites. This story is about a boarding school called Blackwood and its mysterious students. Ensnared in the chilling world is new student Kit Gordy, who must unravel Blackwood’s haunted and tragic history before it’s too late. Its a ghost story, and if its scary enough to give someone like Stephanie Meyer nightmares, youd better plan to sleep with a night light.

BIG NEWS! This past spring, something else exciting happened! The Mystery Writers of America named me a Grand Master. That’s the highest award they present and “honors exceptional achievement in the career of mystery writing.” My husband Don and I flew to New York City for the grand presentation at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Banquet, which happened to take place on my birthday. What a way to celebrate!

The statuette is not pretty--it’s ceramic and supposed to look like the horror writer Edgar Allan Poe. The important thing is what it represents. It’s sitting here right now on the shelf above my desk, glaring down at me as I write this. I’ll try to insert a picture of the statue along with another of Don and me, all dressed up for the reception.

Other books of mine that you might enjoy for relaxed summertime reading:

SUMMER OF FEAR, STRANGER WITH MY FACE and LOCKED IN TIME. All three have a touch of the supernatural, and all three are scary.

I also have a new book out, WRITTEN IN THE STARS. This is very different from my other books, as it’s a collection of the stories I wrote and sold to magazines when I was your age. (That’s how I made my spending money when I was a teenager.) This should be of particular interest to those of you who want to be writers, because at the end of each story I describe the things that were going on in my own life that led me to write that story. You’ll learn about my family life, my school life, my hopes and dreams and crushes—all of which I bet you can relate to because, despite all the changes that have taken place in this new era of technology, the emotions of youth don’t seem to have changed at all. My picture is on the cover of that book --a photo of me in my late teens, dreamily writing a story. (If I look old-fashioned—which I do—it’s because the photo was taken around 1952. That’s how we all looked back then.)

Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer, have fun, enjoy the leisurely days, and READ!!!

Warm wishes,

Lois Duncan


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A Visit with Lois Duncan

Buy Now for this fall!

We are excited to announce the release of a new DVD, created specifically for classroom use:


The name Lois Duncan means different things to different people.


Teachers and librarians know her as the author of over 50 books and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented by the American Library Association for an outstanding contribution to young adult literature. 


Young adult readers know her as the author of scary suspense novels like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin. 


Younger readers know her as the author of humorous books like Hotel for Dogs and News for Dogs.


On this 35 minute DVD, you and your students will meet the “real” Lois Duncan, visit in her home and office, and hear her describe the ups and downs of her career. 


You’ll follow her step by step through her writing process, hear her respond to the questions asked most frequently by readers, and learn what happens behind the scenes when a writer’s novels go to Hollywood. 


You’ll even get to meet some of her children and grandchildren.

Classes who view

“A Visit with Lois Duncan”

can write to Duncan by e-mail, and she will respond, so it can be an interactive experience.

For more information click on the following link:

Duncan DVD