Updated: Nov 19, 2020

There are a lot of books I am forever grateful to have in my life. Here’s just three that I wouldn’t be the same without.

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

I had a sixth grade English teacher who read some of this out loud to my class, and it sucked me in faster than anything I’d ever experienced.

It's fully realized characters had thoughts and emotions that I immediately recognized. I checked a copy out of my library that weekend, and I’ve probably read it once a year every year since then.

It makes me think about the stories that everyone has and how absolutely fascinating we all are.

2. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Normally, this book is only to be read during the summer, but 2020 is the exception to all things.

A loosely connected set of stories set in a fictional town in Illinois that describes a world as fantastic as the farthest reaches of time and space. Stories about the magic of youth and the beauty of the unseen.

It’s about taking deep breaths. Breathing is important right now.

3. Hawkeye, Vol 1-4 by Matt Fraction and David Aja and others

It’s about the things that superheroes do on a Thursday when they don’t have to save the world from aliens or something. A comic about human connections with others and with yourself.

These comics were coming out just as my wife and I had our first child, and it was so good for me to read about someone who also makes mistakes, has anxiety and depression, self sabotages, and just can’t seem to get things right sometimes.

Matt Fraction and his outstanding collaborators took a b-level character, a dude with bow and arrow, and created maybe the most interesting comic book series of the last twenty-five years.

Bonus for storytelling and writing nerds: the tricks that this book pulls off will have you stealing from them for the rest of your life.


Tony Gruenwald

Writer | Co-host of Unlocking Matlock | Stay-at-Home Dad

You can read Tony's personal blog at fulltimetony.wordpress.com.

Stay-at-home dad life is nothing like you think it is. Join Tony and his kids for just a regular day at the playground. Nothing weird happens at all! FullTimeTony and the World Song is available for preorder on Kindle and Kindle app.

As we move into this season of gratitude, I want to share a list of books for which I am eternally grateful.

#1 The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

This collection of poetic essays was given to me when I was 16-years old, and I am so glad for it. These poems and the philosophies expressed in them shaped me as a person, and that is no exaggeration.

Since receiving my first copy, I have purchased over 100 copies and have given them as gifts, left them in public places (pre-COVID), and handed the immediately to the cashier upon purchasing.

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

#2 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Someone I dated years ago gave me this book as a way of kind of explaining who they were. What a wonderful gift to be given. This book is about people who live life to the fullest - people who dare to actually live and not just let the time pass.

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page to learn more.

#3 The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

This is another book that I've purchased over and over again for friends, strangers, students and teachers. This is a simple, down-to-earth, practical guide for those seeking to be more mindful in their lives. I read it regularly and continually find benefit.


B.A. Burgess

Writer | Writing Facilitator| Founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press

You can find books, courses, and random blog posts by B.A. Burgess at hellothisisbarbara.com.

Check out A Christmas Rideshare by Lily Dae to get in the holiday spirit!

Pilgrim Fowl Press just released the first-ever volume of holiday-themed short stories tomorrow. This collection highlights Halloween with a trio of tales that will spook you to your core.

For my contribution, I have stepped away from my children’s story genre to give you a tale of dating gone wrong, in XX, Leona. Inspired by the Celtic sluagh (pronounced SLOO-AH) and online dating, this story might have you thinking twice before going on that blind date. The sluagh are evil spirits who collect souls. They often travel by shadows or flocks of ravens. In my story, they team up with another Celtic evildoer, the leannan sidhe, Leona. Leona is an evil muse who preys on creative types. She can magically provide inspiration, but at what cost?

B.A. Burgess shows us that you should always be careful what you wish for in Robocall. We all hate those automated annoyances. But what if you got one that let you make your wildest dreams come true?

Tony Gruenwald’s story follows the characters from his book that released with Pilgrim Fowl Press earlier this year. Tony and the kids have to face off against child-craving hags with magical powers in The Sister Sigil. As with most evil witchy types, they don’t know what they’re in for, especially when you mess with an aspiring sidewalk chalk artist.

This Chills Collection is available starting tomorrow exclusively on Pilgrim Fowl Press’ website. Thank you so much for supporting us and letting us imagine you a story. We team up again next month to bring you some Thanksgiving-inspired tales.

Chills Collection Vol. 1 is available NOW on Amazon Kindle & is a part of KINDLE UNLIMITED!



Annette Williams McCann

Originally posted on: https://imaginemeastory.com/2020/10/22/chilling-tales-haunt-tomorrow/