Three VERY important things…

One: Princess Prep: Fashion & Words Contest. Ends October 10th. (

Two: Guys Read Thriller Contest. Ends October 13th.

Three: October Issue of Underneath The Juniper Tree!

This is such a fun time of the year, get into the spirit of the season by dressing up princess dolls, writing thrilling tales, and reading spooktacular stories!

D.M. Cunningham has gone MISSING! Or, in my opinion has been kidnapped–Halloween Tree Chapter 19

I’ve received a very important and seemingingly dire email from The Creepings of Creeping Hills. D.M. Cunningham has gone missing. (Although I’m not too sure how much I trust the Creepings of Creeping Hills. They are a diabolical bunch.) However, they have found the last known footage of D.M.:

I’ve been asked by the Creepings to post he Halloween Tree animated series, which I think is a brilliant idea. In this animated video, you will see a more cohesive version of what we have been reading over the last 19 days. I hope you take some time this lovely Halloween and enjoy this classic book by the legendary dreamer, Ray Bradbury.

Happy Halloween!

I hope you have enjoyed our crazy Halloween Tree readings, as well as’s month long Halloween extravaganza! It’s been a blast for all of us to bring this story to life in a somewhat unconventional form.

Go be deliciously evil and spontaneous tonight!

I love you all! Thank you for participating in this very special month!

CRAP. My clients are creative. Chapter Eleven…

5 seconds in, I’m snorting laughter. 30 seconds in, I’m honking laughter (not a pretty sound). A minute in, I can’t breathe.

Please welcome D.M. Cunningham and his ummm friend.

The Halloween Tree Chapter Eleven:

The Zombified Writing Winner Is…

Special guest judge D.M. Cunningham and I unanimously agreed! The winner is…


Here is the winning entry:


I ate another one today – alone without the others. My body now unleashes hell upon the pure while I, a spectator in my own body, watch in repulsion. I wait for my savior, a lone girl child who roams our streets with her companion of sorts – a sawed-off appropriately named… “Sweet Release”.

We also wanted to give special mention to Michaele Stoughton

Whose entry was absolutely hilarious and clever!

Soft music and candle light set the mood as they gazed into each others eyes. “You’ve stolen my heart,” he whispered.
“Sorry, do you want it back?” she replied, lowering her eyes bashfully and holding it out for him to take.

Arequimis…if you could please email me your address, I will get your prize in the mail ASAP! Congratulations!


Okay, Holy Crap. Halloween Tree Chapter Six.

Guys. I almost couldn’t watch this whole thing. It scared me. Seriously. I’m going to have nightmares. Thanks, D.M.

(The whole “heeelp” thing is the creepiest!)

Drumroll, Please: The Halloween Tree-Chapter One

A few months ago, while reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to my nieces and nephews, I thought about children’s imaginations and the creativity, power, and fresh intelligence of it all. I believe middle grade fiction is one of the most important genres. It has the ability to mold the mind of a child in a way nothing else can. This thought combined with my love of horror and Halloween, led me to think about one of the most imaginative and powerful middle grade books ever written. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.

I decided to recruit a few clients in order to bring The Halloween Tree to life this year with the added creativity of video readings. None of us have collaborated on any of our chapters. Each chapter will be read at the discretion of each reader. Starting today, going every day up until All Hallows’ Eve, myself and my readers will attempt to do right by Mr. Bradbury and hopefully give you a little something extra to look forward to each day.

Reading Chapter One of The Halloween Tree is D.M. Cunningham:

“There are not many books, or many authors, or many people that I would build cardboard sets for and smear greasepaint across my cheeks for to make a fool of myself with such childish delight. Yet, Bree Ogden, Ray Bradbury, and The Halloween Tree reached into my cobwebbed noodle and unleashed a monster. I hope everyone enjoys the videos as much as I did making them. I hope you can laugh at them, get pulled in by them, and share them with your friends. After all, it’s all about celebrating one of the best holidays around. Halloween.”  – D.M. Cunningham