Which spooky house influenced My Dead Bunny?

dead-bunny-final-pg16-vignette My Dead Bunny is my latest book. It’s a tongue-in-cheek picture book about a zombie pet rabbit. My illustrations took a lot of inspiration from scary movies.

The book features a spooky house. If it looks familiar, that’s because it is – most American films about ghosts and ghouls take place in a house that looks pretty much like this. But which house is it inspired by?

Readers suggest it’s the house from Psycho, or the house from The Conjuring, or the house from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or The Amityville Horror or Carrie or Night Of The Living Dead or Signs or The Addams Family or The Haunted Mansion or Scooby Doo or Monster House

 

… but my original sketches were modeled after the farmhouse from season 2 of The Walking Dead TV series, a real location outside Atlanta, Georgia.

Courtesy walkingdead wikia

We changed it to make it more unique while still retaining some of the stereotypical haunted house features: high windows, wood panels and peeling paint (plus a putrid dead-bunny-green glow).

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Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016) and Dungzilla (2017) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. The third in the series, Gastronauts, will be published in late 2018. James’ earlier books My Dead Bunny (2015) In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. James comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

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