Anyone Lose an Eyeball?

Summer is over.  The kids are back to school and there’s a bit of a chill in the air.  That means that Fall is here and Halloween is on its way.  An Eyeball in My Garden: And Other Spine-Tingling Poems is the perfect book to get in the spirit (pun intended) of the season.

Now is a great time to introduce yourself to some ghoulish delights like the monster in Winking Wot Warning, or to try a dish off the Mummy’s Menu, or to really find out Where Nightmares Dwell,if you dare.

An Eyeball in My Garden: And Other Spine-Tingling Poems is a collection of forty four spookalicious poems written by fourteen terrifyingly talented poets. Containing everything from the humorous, to the creepy, to the absolutely sinister, this collection is designed to tickle your funny bone and then perhaps, gnaw right through it.

Please visit An Eyeball In My Garden website for Halloween craft ideas, fun and spooky interviews, and cats wrapped in tin foil.

What Others are Saying

Horn Book (Spring 2011): "This compilation of new poems covers scary as well as silly Halloween territory. For every truly chilling ghost train, there's a witch's shopping list or a monster that turns out to be the speaker's own reflection. Easily flowing meter in most of the pieces makes for smooth read-alouds. Black-and-white ink illustrations are appropriately spooky."

Publishers Weekly August 9, 2010- Gr 4-7— Readers should be prepared to shiver and shake through these 44 poems about ghosts, gargoyles, and more. Olander adorns each page with ominous ink images of spiders, monsters, and other terrors, while the verses temper horror (Craig W. Steele’s “Where Nightmares Dwell”: “I know too well/ What creatures lurk/ Where nightmares live and grow.../ The shadows found me years ago!”) with humor (Stella Michel’s “Mummy’s Menu” includes “Blackened pudding filled with flies,/ Crispy scarab beetle pies”). Whether it’s Halloween or not, this creepy collection will please readers with a taste for the supernatural.

This book is available from Marshall Cavendish,, Barnes & Noble, or ask your local book store. 

Be sure to check out my poems, Our Neighborhood and The Gargoyle

Kevin McNamee is a writer and poet living in Yonkers, N.Y.  He is the author of several children’s books and is a contributing author to this poetry collection.

To find out more about Kevin, please visit his website at or his blog at


  1. Kevin,sounds like a super spooky collection. Thanks for posting.

  2. It sounds like a fun book. LOL, what's up with the kitten?

  3. Just in time for Halloween! It sounds like a kid-perfect series for this time of year.

  4. This looks like so much fun Kevin, and I love your deviled cat. It's a great way to encourage kids to try their own spooky poems too.

  5. Thank you all for the kind words. Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the cat pic. That was originally posted by one of my fellow poets. No cat that I have ever had would sit still for that. :-)


  6. Wonderful for Halloween. Looks like lots of fun.


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