I’m so excited by the support of the DCP Facebook group during the launch of the Dead Children’s Playground Novel. I received great comments and even a photo on Christmas morning showing each family member holding a copy of the book they received as a present!
Most of you know exactly where the Dead Children’s Playground is located. Many of you have been there. You have your own memories and stories.
While I was inspired by the Urban Legend to write the novel, the story is inhabited by characters that I imagine would have lived in Rocket City in 1963. The scenes and events were born from my experiences in the city.
As I told someone who commented on the book… I’ve lived in Huntsville three separate times in my life. I have visited the playground many times, both alone and with my children. I always loved to visit the park because it’s a great place to picnic and the temp always seems cooler there even in the summer. A place to think. A place to play. The novel focuses on the playground as special and magical, where the boundary between the seen and unseen world becomes fuzzy and blurred.
I have never personally seen any paranormal activity but I have spoken with those who have visited at night. They claim to have experienced the orbs of light and moving playground equipment. When I think of Huntsville, I also know other areas of the city that are just as mysterious and fascinating!
The Natural Well. https://travelinspiredliving.com/natural-well-never-ending-pit/
The Three Caves near Blossomwood. https://www.huntsville.org/blog/list/post/huntsvilles-historic-three-caves/
I’ve packed as much of vintage Huntsville in the book as possible. The chapters are titled after neighborhoods and landmarks of the city, even some places that don’t even exist anymore like the Woolworth diner in the old Heart of Huntsville Mall and the Tastee Freez in Five Points.
Many Thanks for patiently waiting and following the Facebook page! Many Thanks for visiting the website and participating in the launch of the novel.