Monday, April 12, 2010

Blog Tour - "Morpheus Road: The Light" by D.J. MacHale

Morpheus Road: The Light is the first book in a new young adult trilogy by author D.J. MacHale. which releases on April 20th. SciFiGuy is the first of several stops on the blog tour for the book release. D.J. has prepared a guest post about ghosts which is the theme of the series.The next tour stop will be at Karin's Book Nook on Wednesday April 14 with an interview of D.J MacHale.

Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it’s clear whatever this isit’s huge.

Marshall has no idea what’s happening to him, but he’s soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who’s been missing for over a week. Together with Coop’s sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined


I do. I grew up in a haunted house. No kidding. It wasn’t like Poltergeist or anything, but after my family moved out and the house was torn down, we all started sharing stories of strange things that had happened to us over the years…and were too afraid to talk about at the time. Apparently an elderly woman had passed away in the house before we moved in (in my bedroom, no less) so the prevailing theory is that it was her ghost. We even knew her name. Agnes. What a great name for a ghost! All the strange stories of the house were centered around the second floor hallway, which was just off of Agnes’, and my , bedroom.

Personally, I had two strange experiences. One I suppose can be explained away as a dream, but it sure felt real at the time. I was very young, maybe two or three. I woke up in the middle of the night, scared for some reason, and got into bed between my parents. I distinctly remember waking up a little later, and feeling compelled to look out into the hallway. What I saw was a black apparition floating by the door. I jammed my head back into the pillow and forced myself to go back to sleep. The next morning I mentioned it, but everybody thought it was just a dream. And maybe it was. Or the lights of a car driving by outside. Or Agnes.

The second experience wasn’t so easily explainable. I was 16 and home alone one night, trying to learn a Jimi Hendrix song on my guitar. This was a long time ago so I had a record playing. As I played along, I thought I heard a strange sound. I lifted the needle off of the record, but there was nothing else to hear so I put the needle back on and continued to play. This happened two more times. I kept thinking I was hearing “something” and kept lifting the needle. But each time there was nothing else to be heard . . . until the final time. I heard something again, lifted the needle, and heard as plain as day the sound of somebody out in the hallway. It was as if they were sitting on the floor with their back against my bedroom door. They stood up, rubbing their back against the door, and walked away with a distinct sigh.

I freaked and did exactly what you never want the guy in horror movies to do: I grabbed something heavy and searched the house. I looked into every nook and cranny, but found nothing. Nobody else was in the house. And that was no dream. My theory is that it was old Agnes…and she didn’t appreciate Jimi Hendrix music. Or maybe it was my playing. Who knows?

- - D.J. MacHale

Watch the book trailer...

D.J. MacHale is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendragon series. He has written, directed and produced many television series and movies for young people that have been seen on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, HBO, Showtime, PBS, Discovery Kids and the broadcast networks. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.
 Watch the video of D.J MacHale where he talks about the inspiration for the Morpheus Road trilogy.


  1. Maybe she actually liked the music and was humming along. and the sigh and walking away part was because you stopped the music.

    The book sounds interesting!

  2. Hi, D.J. and Doug!

    I have lived in the same house for over 30 years. My mother and I owned the house together. She passed away several years ago. I have had many paranormal experiences in my home, both before and after my mother passed away. The first experience was to glance over at a living room window late one night and see the "Scream" face looking in! I rushed to the door and turned on the front porch light, and not a "soul" was about! Another time, on Halloween night, I heard distinct footsteps on the wooden floor of the upstairs hallway. My mother and I were both downstairs and no other "human" was in the house. One night, I went upstairs to my room without turning on the stairway light. When I got to the doorway of my room, a large misty shape moved from the area of the doorway and went across the room and out the window. One bright Sunday morning, I had overslept, which is a rare occurrence. A voice from the doorway of my room said: "Are you getting up?". I looked over through sleep-filled eyes and saw the blurred image of a large friendly blonde woman dressed in red and royal blue. I answered, and then realized it wasn't my mother! The "woman" was twice the size of my mother (who was actually downstairs in the kitchen). Since my mother passed away, I have noticed unusual scents in the house. I have smelled my grandfather's pipe tobacco, my grandmother's lily of the valley, and my mother's fingernail polish remover. All of these people are deceased, and none of those items are in the house! The time that I was the most afraid was when I came home to find my house almost in a vacuum state. There seemed to be no air, no sound, and no smell of any kind in the house. My cats were in hiding. I don't know what had been in the house, but it had some kind of mojo!

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  3. Great post. I enjoy hearing ghost stories. I get that chill you get when you hear them, but I am always curious what others have seen or heard. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Loved your post. I do believe in ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
    I think Morpheus Road is going to be a terrific book and I really want to read.

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