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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The End for Now

I found this gem in the scrap paper bin we keep next to the reference desk. (What a sad place for it to be!) Now, I'm no Sherlock Holmes, but this appears to be the ominous cliffhanger ending to a story written by a kid. There were no other pages to be found, so I will let you use your imaginations as to what horrors came before these lines.

Dun dun DUNNNNN!
In a way, this mysterious ending reminds me of one of my favorite books from childhood, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg in which a man named Pete Wenders is visited by a mysterious writer (the fictional Harris Burdick), who drops off a series of mysterious illustrations, each with a mysteriously vague caption attached to it. Burdick promises to return the next day with the finished stories and more illustrations, but, mysteriously, he is never heard from again. SO MUCH MYSTERIOUS. Like many other kids who have read this book, I had great fun making up my own Burdick-based stories when I was a young, budding writer.

It's hard to choose a favorite illustration, but I always loved this one titled "Mr Linden's Library." (You can probably guess why.)

Caption: "He had warned her about the book. Now it was too late."

In case you weren't aware, there's a recently published "sequel," The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, with stories written by renowned authors such as Lois Lowry, Jules Feiffer, and Linda Sue Park. My mother, remembering how much I loved the first Harris Burdick book, gave me Chronicles for Christmas. I haven't read it yet, possibly because I'm afraid that the stories written by these fabulous authors will clash with the visions I had in my head as a kid. (I'm sure I'll get over it.)

Here's to choosing your own adventure, friends.


  1. Ooh I love this! My brother used to write the creepiest stories when we were kids, now I'm the one who writes the weird tales. I wonder who wrote this, and if they will look back on it in years to come.