“Fright Friends Adventures” are geared toward late elementary school and middle school readers, ages 10-14. They contain elements of horror, sci-fi, and the paranormal, which some younger readers may find scary. The first book of the series, The House on Creep Street, features a cast of three twelve-year-old protagonists – The Fright Friends – so every effort is made to keep the horror elements to an appropriate level. Think R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” series, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. Think E.T., Super 8, The Monster Squad, The Goonies, nearly every film ever directed by Joe Dante, and the early ’90s Nickelodeon show, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
The Blood Brothers’ aim with every “Fright Friends Adventure” is to provide a good scare for its readers while also addressing very real-world problems that children face everyday. The authors believe it’s important that their audience be entertained, yet not be talked down to. It’s because of this that there are themes of emotional development present in every book dealing with issues pertaining to family, friendship, society, and more.
The Blood Brothers’ motto: Every book should contain the makings of one good (and harmless) nightmare and one long-lasting moral.