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Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow

Skary Childrin and the Carousel of SorrowTWELVE YEARS AGO, for 12 days straight, the town of Widowsbury suffered a terrible storm, which tore open a gate through which escaped all sorts of foul, rotten things. Strange things and strange people were no longer welcomed in Widowsbury, for one could never be sure of what secrets waited under the surface...

Adelaide Foss, Maggie Borland, and Beatrice Alfred are known by their classmates at Widowsbury's Madame Gertrude's School for Girls as "scary children." Unfairly targeted because of their peculiarities—Adelaide has an uncanny resemblance to a werewolf, Maggie is abnormally strong, and Beatrice claims to be able to see ghosts—the girls spend a good deal of time isolated in the school's inhospitable library facing detention. But when a number of people mysteriously begin to disappear in Widowsbury, the girls work together, along with Steffen Weller, son of the cook at Rudyard School for Boys, to find out who is behind the abductions. Will they be able to save Widowsbury from a 12-year-old curse?

"Towell tucks violent tempests, maggoty slime, hideous transformations, nightmares, sudden terrors and like atmosphere-building elements into a rousingly melodramatic literary debut." - Kirkus Reviews

"A splendidly odd little tale..." - Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"If a studio hasn't already snapped up the rights to a feature film, they would be fools not to do it." - Edge

Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow is written and illustrated by Katy Towell, published by Knopf, and is available everywhere books are sold. More about the book at



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Katy Towell
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Artist, published author, designer, carnivorous plant enthusiast. Does that whole Skary Childrin thing.
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HopelessDayDreams Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Miss Towell, I made you a little fanart for death and Elsie, my favorite story of yours mind you, I almost died at the end, I hope you like it. :)hopelessdaydreams.deviantart.c…
ticklishnatasha Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your skary videos! Two of my favorites are Never woke up and Agony
KazeGirl21 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
It's so cool that you're a writer and you have a deviant art account! So cool! :D I read your books too, they're really great!
FlowerWoman13 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OH MY GOSH I'M ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS!!!! :D I read your book constantly!!!! :D 
Rootofalllight Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Ms. Towell, (is it pronounced towel or toe-well?) I know people have been probably pestering you a long time about something like an audiobook, a sequel, or a movie of Carousel. I will say this. There's only one thing I'd think might be interesting to hear as a part of the soundtrack for it (if you ever crave to it, which I doubt, which is also good). Or at least two parts of it. The first is Carnival of Souls by Verne Langdon as the theme song for Nathan Wick and the carousel. (… (… The second would have to be the main theme for Carousel in general, which is Queen Mary II's Funeral March by Henry Purcell; better known as the theme song for the Stanley Kubrick movie adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel, A Clockwork Orange.… Why a funeral march? Do I even have to ask that?
RandomAxeOfKindness Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I think the idea to make Skary Children and The Carousel of Sorrow into a movie is a really good idea!! 
Rootofalllight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Do you agree with my choices of music?
RandomAxeOfKindness Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Yeah! I love the Carnival of Souls music. 
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Cuppycake32 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I have to ask can you turn carousel of sorrow in to a play? Iv always wanted to see it as one ever since I finished the book but iv been to scared to
foxyanth92 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Death & Elsie short story was absolutely wonderful, and your work in general is fantastic and dark. Thank you for creating such marvelous literary art works.
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