IT’S TOM FLETCHER!
AUTHOR Tom Fletcher talks to First News about strange creaks, monsters, and what’s lurking under his bed!
Hey Tom! Tell us about your new book, The Creakers.
Okay, so The Creakers is about the strange noises you hear in the middle of the night. You know when you’re lying in bed and you hear your house make a weird noise? It turns out it’s these weird creatures called the Creakers that live in a world below your bed! The story starts with a girl called Lucy and she wakes up one day and her mum’s not there – she’s gone missing. Then she goes outside and there’s another kid that’s come out of their house looking for their parents and another kid, and another one – all the kids realise that all of the grownups have disappeared! Could it be linked to these strange creatures living under the bed?
What did you stash under your bed when you were younger? Don’t be afraid to embarrass yourself here.
I mean, a lot of stuff! Even still now, it’s where all the unwanted stuff goes. I’ve got a lot of shoes under there at the moment, actually. It’s out of sight, out of mind, isn’t it? That’s what Creakers love – they love a mess.
Did you ever think there was a monster hiding under your bed when you were little?
I still do think that! I’ve been afraid of the dark my entire life. I’m afraid of not just monsters, but aliens, ghosts etc. I literally have had sleepless nights where I’m so scared I can’t even move – I just hide under the covers. That’s where my imagination goes at bedtime, which is probably why I’ve written a creepy, spooky book.
Halloween’s coming up! Will you be decking out your house Halloween style?
We’ll definitely do pumpkins! We have a couple that the kids have, so that they can draw on them and paint them, and then we have one that’s a traditional one with a standard face. Then I try to be really creative with another pumpkin – I’ve done characters from my books before. They do go really wrong sometimes. I might try and do a Creaker one this year.
Do you have a fave Halloween costume that you’ve worn?
I did do Batman once, but that’s not very cool, is it? I’m not very cool in tights.
The Creakers by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries is out now (Puffin)