Josh Allen, author of the highly acclaimed new book Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe will visit the Madison Library District on Friday, October 25, at 7:00 P.M. in the library’s community room located at 73 N. Center St. in Rexburg.

Josh has been in high demand around the region for readings from this collection of eerie stories that two time Newberry Honor author Gary Schmidt calls, “Wonderful, and weird, compelling and unsettling.”

He isn’t alone in his praise. Kirkus Reviews asks, “Is normal the real myth in this wondrously eerie world?” and calls it, “Tasty, bite-sized bizarreness for brave preteens.” A starred review from Booklist concludes with, “This haunting anthology will plunge young horror enthusiasts into their darkest dreams . . . Allen expertly weaves intricate, relatable details from the tween experience with elements of the supernatural to present readers with a baker’s dozen of chilling tales.” –And The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books says, “Allen offers up thirteen tales of kids either meeting or escaping their supernaturally designed dooms in a collection ripe for sharing around the campfire or at a sleepover. The most effective tales blend the direct storytelling style of a good folktale with just the right amount of dark humor . . . Grab this and a flashlight, and call up your spookiest voice for a Halloween read aloud.” Madison Librarian Catherine Stanton said, “I will never trust my shadow again! Josh Allen's creepy tales are delightfully eerie and great to read aloud. I had a spell bound audience at home hugging their pillows and scanning the room for anything shaped like an eye. Geared for middle school, but mesmerizing for adults with an inner child as well. Or you might consider reading it to your cat - especially if it's black.” Out to Get You was also chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Holiday House Publisher, a division of Penguin Random House, went all out with the physical preparation of Out to Get You enlisting the talents of award winning artist Sarah J. Coleman who provided delightfully eerie illustrations for each of the tales and a suitably creepy cover (which glows in the dark.)

Allen’s work has appeared in Cricket, Dialogue, Juxtapose, and other literary magazines. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Josh’s author talk and book reading will get the library community ready for Halloween week and its ghoulish festivities. Come for a Friday evening of family fun with treats to follow, and bring your copy of Out to Get You for Josh’s signature to conclude the night. Books will also be available for purchase.

For more information, visit the Madison Library District’s webpage at, their Facebook page, or give them a call at 208-356-3461.



  • Occurred Friday, October 25th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Madison Library District

73 N. Center St.
Rexburg, ID 83440

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