CEMETERY BELLS is a new MG project, and the second story set in THEM CLACKITY’s Blight Harbor.
Twelve-year-old Wyatt Shane is supposed to be home alone for less than an hour. But after his parents leave for an overnight trip, his older cousin Kara doesn’t show up when she’s supposed to. Wyatt’s not afraid, not exactly, but the new house is actually a very old house, and if he’s being totally honest it sort of gives him the creeps.
It doesn’t help that weird things are happening at the decrepit family plot at the edge of their property. It really doesn’t help that Wyatt might have brought something – or someone – back home with him from the strange little cemetery.
On the hottest day of summer, the sun goes down too early. When night falls before it should, and Kara still doesn’t arrive, Wyatt decides to get on his bike and go to her instead.
Opening the front door, Wyatt finds fresh snow instead of a bright July sun, and the neighboring farmhouses have disappeared. Worse, someone’s been walking around the front yard. Five sets of footprints lead almost to the front door. But the thing is, they stop there – no tracks in the snow leading away. There’s no one in the yard, but it sure looks like they haven’t left, either.
Back inside the house, Wyatt meets the dead girl who has been there for a very long time. He doesn’t know if he can trust her or not – she is a ghost, after all. When she tells him, “Don’t let them in,” he decides he’s better off with the ghost he can see than the things outside he can’t.
It’s the beginning of a long, strange night for Wyatt. His new town, Blight Harbor, has a reputation. It would have been nice if someone had bothered to tell Wyatt.