Dan Poblocki

Dan Poblocki - Editor

Saugerties, NY, USA

Best-selling author. Editor. All around enthusiast of literature for young people.

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Overview

I'm an award-winning, New York Times Bestselling author of many novels for young people. I write mysteries, fantasy, and scary stories. Much of my recent experience has been working with publishers to develop and write IP for series books, audio-dramas, and multi-platform publishing projects. Under the pseudonym Alec Azam, I have co-authored the popular Magic Misfits series with with Neil Patrick Harris. As a freelance editor, I've worked with emerging authors to help shape manuscripts into the books the authors want them to be. I adore working with people whose voices appeal to young readers, as I'm still a twelve-year old at heart!
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult

Awards

  • Iowa Children's Choice Award
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults List
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Sunshine State Young Readers Award List

Work experience

Author

Self
January, 2007 – Present (about 13 years)

I have been writing books for young people for over 12 years. I have worked with several publishers such as Random House, Scholastic Press, & Little, Brown, developing and selling over 16 published projects.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1)

Dan Poblocki

Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.... read more

Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.... read more

The Ghost of Graylock: (a Hauntings novel)

Dan Poblocki

An abandoned asylum holds the key to a frightful haunting.Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall.It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building aband... read more

An abandoned asylum holds the key to a frightful haunting.Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall.It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building aband... read more

The Stone Child

Dan Poblocki

What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real?Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That's why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even better, Eddie finds a hand... read more

What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real?Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That's why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even better, Eddie finds a hand... read more

The Nightmarys

Dan Poblocki

Timothy July has a secret. And it's giving him nightmares. Abigail Tremens has a problem. Her nightmares are haunting her . . . while she is awake. When they team up for a school project, they don't realize that Abigail's past and Timothy's present are making them the target of a terrible curse. A curse that turns their worst fears to reality. But their fears are just the beginning. The curse ... read more

Timothy July has a secret. And it's giving him nightmares. Abigail Tremens has a problem. Her nightmares are haunting her . . . while she is awake. When they team up for a school project, they don't realize that Abigail's past and Timothy's present are making them the target of a terrible curse. A curse that turns their worst fears to reality. But their fears are just the beginning. The curse ... read more

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe (Hauntings)

Dan Poblocki

Has Gabriel created a monster?Something sinister lurks in the woods outside of Slade.Gabe has seen it, or he thinks he has - a shadow standing at the tree line, watching Gabe's house with faintly glowing eyes.Despite Gabe's misgivings, his new friend, Seth, relishes the creepy atmosphere of the forest. It's the perfect setting for his imaginary struggle against the Hunter, a deformed child-eat... read more

Has Gabriel created a monster?Something sinister lurks in the woods outside of Slade.Gabe has seen it, or he thinks he has - a shadow standing at the tree line, watching Gabe's house with faintly glowing eyes.Despite Gabe's misgivings, his new friend, Seth, relishes the creepy atmosphere of the forest. It's the perfect setting for his imaginary struggle against the Hunter, a deformed child-eat... read more

Ghost Hunter's Daughter

Dan Poblocki

A spooky stand-alone middle-grade novel from Dan Poblocki, perfect for fans of John Bellairs and Mary Downing Hahn."They say if you see him, it's already too late."Claire doesn't believe in ghosts, even though her dad is a ghost hunter on TV. But then her dad disappears. And a strange boy in her class, Lucas, knows something about ghosts. One of them has a message for her: Her dad has been tak... read more

A spooky stand-alone middle-grade novel from Dan Poblocki, perfect for fans of John Bellairs and Mary Downing Hahn."They say if you see him, it's already too late."Claire doesn't believe in ghosts, even though her dad is a ghost hunter on TV. But then her dad disappears. And a strange boy in her class, Lucas, knows something about ghosts. One of them has a message for her: Her dad has been tak... read more

Camp Red Moon

R. L. Stine

Creepy fun for ages 9-12! Camp nights or camp frights? Every sleepaway camp promises memories that last a lifetime. But the memories from Camp Red Moon might give you nightmares! The campfire appears to dim when the moon turns blood red and strange creatures prowl the forest. Do you find a total lookalike at camp? Is it coincidence or is he a shapeshifter trying to take over your life? Why don... read more

Creepy fun for ages 9-12! Camp nights or camp frights? Every sleepaway camp promises memories that last a lifetime. But the memories from Camp Red Moon might give you nightmares! The campfire appears to dim when the moon turns blood red and strange creatures prowl the forest. Do you find a total lookalike at camp? Is it coincidence or is he a shapeshifter trying to take over your life? Why don... read more

The House on Stone's Throw Island

Dan Poblocki

Dan Poblocki is back with a new spooky ghost story perfect for fans of Mary Downing Hahn and John Bellairs.There is an island, far off the coast of Maine, where the ghosts of the past are restless.Josie Sandoval and Eli Barker are strangers when they board the ferry to Stone's Throw, traveling to the isolated island for a wedding. Then an immense storm blows in, and the wedding party is left s... read more

Dan Poblocki is back with a new spooky ghost story perfect for fans of Mary Downing Hahn and John Bellairs.There is an island, far off the coast of Maine, where the ghosts of the past are restless.Josie Sandoval and Eli Barker are strangers when they board the ferry to Stone's Throw, traveling to the isolated island for a wedding. Then an immense storm blows in, and the wedding party is left s... read more

The Book of Bad Things

Dan Poblocki

One kid's trash is another kid's terror in this spooky supernatural mystery.When Cassidy Bean leaves New York to spend the summer upstate, she's disappointed to find that Whitechapel is not the quiet, pleasant suburb she remembers. Ursula Chambers, the strange old hermit at the end of the cul-de-sac, has passed away under mysterious circumstances. And the townspeople are shocked to discover th... read more

One kid's trash is another kid's terror in this spooky supernatural mystery.When Cassidy Bean leaves New York to spend the summer upstate, she's disappointed to find that Whitechapel is not the quiet, pleasant suburb she remembers. Ursula Chambers, the strange old hermit at the end of the cul-de-sac, has passed away under mysterious circumstances. And the townspeople are shocked to discover th... read more

You Can't Hide (Shadow House, Book 2)

Dan Poblocki

Shadow House will find you . . . Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal. They're going to have to come fac... read more

Shadow House will find you . . . Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal. They're going to have to come fac... read more

No Way Out (Shadow House, Book 3)

Dan Poblocki

Shadow House always wins . . .Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan may have made it out of Shadow House--but the grounds are a whole new nightmare. Someone they thought was a friend is hunting them, and there's no place that's safe now that they've woken the shadow creature.If they want to survive, they'll have to figure out once and for all what the house wants from them, and what-or who-they'll nee... read more

Shadow House always wins . . .Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan may have made it out of Shadow House--but the grounds are a whole new nightmare. Someone they thought was a friend is hunting them, and there's no place that's safe now that they've woken the shadow creature.If they want to survive, they'll have to figure out once and for all what the house wants from them, and what-or who-they'll nee... read more

The Missing (Shadow House, Book 4)

Dan Poblocki

Shadow House never sleeps . . .Five children have been lured into Shadow House, all for different reasons. None of them knows the others. And none of them knows what to do when they can't find a way back out.But something is different inside the house. Someone -- or something -- is there with them, and seems to know more than they do. Only how are the kids supposed to decide if that someone is... read more

Shadow House never sleeps . . .Five children have been lured into Shadow House, all for different reasons. None of them knows the others. And none of them knows what to do when they can't find a way back out.But something is different inside the house. Someone -- or something -- is there with them, and seems to know more than they do. Only how are the kids supposed to decide if that someone is... read more

The Mysterious Four #1: Hauntings and Heists

Dan Poblocki

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?Welcome to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner--and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles big and small.Whether they're debunking sea monsters, thwarting bullies, or revealing who threw out mom's asparagus, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow will figure out the truth in six clues or less. And readers are invite... read more

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?Welcome to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner--and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles big and small.Whether they're debunking sea monsters, thwarting bullies, or revealing who threw out mom's asparagus, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow will figure out the truth in six clues or less. And readers are invite... read more

The Mysterious Four #3: Monsters and Mischief

Dan Poblocki

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?Welcome back to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner--and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles big and small.When a monster is sighted in the woods surrounding Moon Hollow, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow know they're in for their creepiest case yet. But it's just one of fourteen mysteries competing for thei... read more

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?Welcome back to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner--and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles big and small.When a monster is sighted in the woods surrounding Moon Hollow, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow know they're in for their creepiest case yet. But it's just one of fourteen mysteries competing for thei... read more

The Mysterious Four #2: Clocks and Robbers

Dan Poblocki

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?Moon Hollow's town library is a favorite spot for the Mysterious Four. But when the strange, masonic glyphs that decorate the building prove to be a secret code, they discover there's more than books hidden away inside.Embarking on a treasure hunt, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow must run a gauntlet of mysteries and puzzles--and readers are in... read more

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?Moon Hollow's town library is a favorite spot for the Mysterious Four. But when the strange, masonic glyphs that decorate the building prove to be a secret code, they discover there's more than books hidden away inside.Embarking on a treasure hunt, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow must run a gauntlet of mysteries and puzzles--and readers are in... read more

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