Currumbin children?s writer Robert Young displays his E-book Alec the Aeroplane and the cover of Shock, Horror, Gasp.
Currumbin children?s writer Robert Young displays his E-book Alec the Aeroplane and the cover of Shock, Horror, Gasp.

Local tales of horror in time for Halloween



ROBERT Young has been obsessed with writing since he was young. So it is no wonder the Currumbin Waters resident is a writer, with style and flare for the eyes of youngsters.

Together with fellow Currumbin Waters resident Anna Boucaut and eight other budding writers from the Gold Coast Writers Association Children's Writing Group, Mr Young has produced a book of short stories and poems called Shock, Horror, Gasp.

Dubbed the Ten Penners, the group is preparing to launch the book tomorrow at the monthly Gold Coast Writers Association meeting at Pacific Fair.

"The book is for eight to 12 year olds and deals with the horror genre because kids love blood and spooks," Mr Young laughed.

Mr Young admitted dabbling in the horror genre was something new to him, after creating an E-book called Alec the Aeroplane about a "gorgeous" character who travels around talking other aeroplanes, animals and people.

"It was quite a stretch and was the opposite to what I normally write but I enjoyed it," he said.

Mr Young has also taken out first prize in the Gold Coast Writers Association competition's screenplay/stage play section for two consecutive years.

Ms Boucaut being part of the Ten Penners catalysed her development as a writer.

"We bounce styles and ideas off each other, and offer support and constructive criticism when needed," Ms Boucaut said.

"We decided to really stretch our skills and stamina and self publish an anthology of stories and thus, the Ten Penners was formed."

Twenty per cent of the net profits from Shock, Horror, Gasp, to retail at $14.95, will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Australia. For more information, call 07 5562 2007.



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