The Maker-Man of Merryville

by Pete Mesling

Middle-grade fantasy, 269 pages

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Young Gilbert Sullivan, hoping that a new toy store will bring joy to the dreary town of Merryville, finds instead that it leads him to another world, where a fearsome queen named Mixie is hard at work sealing the shared fate of both worlds.

The owner of the toy store—known to the people of Merryville only as the Maker-Man—convinces Gilbert to purchase a magical substance, which he uses to open a portal to a place called Skaaten Dowe. He and his friend Sarah step through and quickly find that the portal, on the Skaaten Dowe side, is inaccessible for an immediate return trip. They have no choice but to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Only with the help of many strange and wonderful new friends can they hope to make it back to Merryville and restore happiness there.

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About Pete Mesling

Pete Mesling has published poetry and fiction widely, including a horror collection, a book of poetry, a collection of crime stories, an assassination novel, and a children’s fantasy novel. Other publishing highlights include having stories in All-American Horror of the 21st Century, the First Decade: 2000 – 2010 (Independent Legions Publishing) and Shallow Waters, Vol. 3 (Crystal Lake Publishing). Mesling also had the pleasure of working directly with the late Richard Matheson on an online retrospective of his career in film and television and is the official Clive Barker proofreader for Gauntlet Press. Learn more at

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