Dead Scared

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Speaking Volumes - Fiction

Winner of Eric Hoffer and Readers' Favorite Awards

Who knew the dead have more to fear from the living than the living have to fear from the dead? Certainly not seventeen-year-old Chris Chandler, not before his family moved to Bemishstock, Maine in the autumn of 1985. His father’s job is to close plants for Allied Paper Products of Wisconsin. Bemishstock is his fourth crumbling town in six years, and each one has resented and harassed the Chandlers more hatefully than the previous. Even Chris will admit that his family’s odyssey across America has turned him into a lonely, brooding nutcase, and he has only survived the soul-sucking experience by remaining virtually invisible. Then suddenly one day, after a couple of totally stupid mistakes, Chris finds himself trapped between two nightmarish forces—a defrocked chiropractor turned grave robber, and the cruelest and most beautiful girl in his class. Like the cemetery guardians of old, he must defeat both or end up a corpse himself and cursed for all eternity.

Praise for Ivan Blake

Winner of Eric Hoffer and Readers’ Favorite Awards

Dead Scared

“In this gloriously macabre novel—the first installment of a series—Blake channels Stephen King and 1980s cult films like Re-Animator…Fans should claw at Blake’s windows for more graveyard tales after this delightful series opener.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An intense and brooding tale that delivers…plot had me instantly hooked…writing is often lyrically lovely, but this never gets in the way of the action and horror that this book is steeped in…eagerly anticipating the next book in Blake’s The Mortsafeman Trilogy…” —Readers’ Favorite


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Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Eight
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
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Ivan Blake was born in Britain, next door to his grandfather’s pub and three miles from Stonehenge. His family emigrated to Canada when he was a youngster and then moved frequently between various Canadian Naval bases for more than a decade. Ivan did his undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and his graduate studies in History at the University of Chicago. He taught in universities for fifteen years before joining the Federal Public Service as a senior executive. Ivan served the Government of Canada for nearly twenty years, and then, on his retirement, he consulted and spoke on governance and accountability around the world. Now Ivan enjoys his family, paints, travels, and writes solely for pleasure. Over the years Ivan has written for radio, television and the stage but today he focuses on writing fiction. Ivan's books have received Eric Hoffer and Readers Favorite awards and five star ratings exclusively from Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review and Readers Favorite. Since childhood Ivan has enjoyed reading and writing works of horror and the fantastical—probably because of the Druids' blood that flows in his veins.

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