Title: Meddling Kids
Author: Edgar Cantero
Genre: Gothic, Horror, Novella
Page Count: 108
Publication Date: 1872
Themes: Vampires, LGBTQ+
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the Scooby-Doo gang were all grown up and battled real monsters? Well, here is your chance.
In 1977 the Blyton Summer Detective Club closed their final and fated case. 13 years later the teen are all grown up. Andy, Kerri, Nate, and Kerri’s dog Tim must get back together to return to Blyton Hills. Nate was in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts, where his only friend is Peter, previous member of the detective club and movie star. The only problem is Peter has been dead for years. The remainders of the Detective Club need to reopen their final case, and discovered why it changed their lives and discover if the culprit was really just a man in a mask or something far scarier.
I’m going to start with what drew me to this book. SCOOBY-DOO ALL GROWN UP! I mean, I grew up on Scooby-Doo. I absolutely loved Scooby-Doo growing up. Then putting the Scooby-Doo gang, or at least some people vaguely resembling the gang, into some real horror scenarios.
I really loved the nostalgic 90’s vibes of this book. It was so fun and really did feel like a fresh take on Scooby-Doo. The cover gives away the vibe of this book. It is definitely a fun and light hearted book in a lot of ways. I loved the 90s nostalgic vibe of the book that really made it feel fun and remincent of all the 90s shows I grew up watching.
I have very few critiques of this book. One critique is that I had a was that I guessed what the big bad secret monster was in the first few chapters of the book. Even having guessed the plot twist didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book at all, and I think people who aren’t necessarily familiar with that particular twist may miss it.
My second critique was that I didn’t find this book specifically scary. This isn’t a critique of the book because I haven’t been finding a lot of horror scary lately. Though I didn’t find the book scary it was exciting and fast-paced. It was interesting and there were some twists I didn’t expect to happen.
Overall, if you enjoy horror and Scooby-Doo vibes I highly recommend this book.