I started to read The Empty Lot Next Door afraid that the ghost story would get the best of me, and I would not be able to continue. The story I found was so powerful that I could not put the book down, even if that meant leaving a night light on!
Susan Violante - Author
Arthur's story of his haunted childhood combines unrelenting suspense with the poignant story of a young boy's struggle to survive in a hostile world. It is a tale so compelling readers will remember it long after the last page is read and the cover closed.
Shirley Kennedy - Author
I read the book in the span of two days, and was very impressed with the story. At its heart, this is a story of a child traumatized by an unstable, and at times abusive, home life. The manifestation of the trauma is Candle Face, a very frigtening ghost on par with the girl from The Ring.
Richard Fox - Screenwriter/Author
A truly amazing story written from the heart of an extremely talented and bravely honest man. I have nothing but respect for Arthur and hope he will produce more great works. He obviously has both the talent and the necessary understanding of the human condition to do so brilliantly.
Maureen Gill - Author
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More than a Ghost Story
The Empty Lot Next Door is much more than a ghost story. It’s also a story of the desperation, the pain and the helplessness experienced by children whose parents work long hours away from home, necessarily leaving them to fend for themselves against both real and imagined evils.
Based on a True Haunting
Winner of the Reader Views’ Literary Book Contest in the Teen/Young Adult Category, Best Teen Book Category, and in the Regional South Category. Arthur M. Mills, Jr.’s The Empty Lot Next Door is the story of a true haunting and the bullying he experienced as a child growing up in Austin, Texas.
Winner of Numerous Awards
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the true-
The Empty Lot Next Door
After years of questioning whether the boyhood terror he experienced had really happened, Arthur M. Mills, Jr. went back to research the empty lot next door. His conclusions were that the ghost was indeed very real.
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Reviewers Choice Awards
- Kids Award for Best Teen / Young Adult Book of the Year
- Teen (12-
16) - First Place
- Regional (South) -
- Parenting, Family, and Relationships -
Ray (Arthur's childhood name) and his family have just moved into a small house beside a strange, vacant lot where another house once stood, and where a huge wide hole mysteriously awaits the brave or foolhardy. Ray and his friends consider the empty lot just an exciting playground until Ray hears tales of how the lot’s house burned down years ago, leaving a girl to die in the fire. According to the neighborhood kids, the little girl will come out at night to haunt anyone who dares to jump into the empty lot’s hole.
Both frightened and intrigued, Ray decides to test the validity of the tale. When he jumps into the hole to challenge the ghost, nothing happens. But in the night, Ray sees a figure emerge from the hole who makes eye contact with him. Soon, Ray is haunted by Candle Face. She visits his dreams and leaves handprints and other terrifying signs for him even when he is awake. In a recent interview, Arthur Mills recalled his bone-
The Empty Lot Next Door is much more than a ghost story. It’s also a story of the desperation, the pain and the helplessness experienced by children whose parents work long hours away from home, necessarily leaving them to fend for themselves against both real and imagined evils. It's about sibling abuse, and the scars that such abuse leaves on the victim as well as the abuser. And this is the story of the intense struggle of a child to make sense of the world without communicating his fears and thoughts to the adults in his life since he doesn't want to add to the family's problems.
Artwork by the world-
renowned artist Seshadri Roy
The Empty Lot Next Door
winning memoir based on true events of a haunting in Austin, TX
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