After her Halloween story for kids got no response from an e-book publisher, Roxanne Hilburn of Angeleno Heights decided she might as well publish the story herself. But it was already Oct. 10 and Hilburn was quickly running out of time to publish a book in time for Halloween. Undaunted, Hilburn immersed herself in self-publishing, flushed out the story line into a series and drew illustrations. One week later, Hilburn’s kids book – Halloween on Carroll Avenue: The Hauntings Of Angeleno Heights – went up for sale on Amazon.
“I basically went on a creative binge doing only this project and nothing else. Lots of coffee helped,” said Hilburn, who works as an online administrative assistant. “The whole experience was a crazed zombie like haze that I scarcely remember at this point.”
The book, which is also on sale at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park, features the story of a girl named Little Larissa as she enters a Victorian mansion while she trick-or-treats down the Carroll Avenue in Angeleno Heights.
“The storyline is inspired by my feelings of awe for this historic beautiful neighborhood,” said Hilburn, who has lived in Angeleno Heights since 2009. “The first time I walked Carroll Avenue on Halloween was an emotional experience because it brought back that magical feeling of Halloween that we experience as kids. Some where along the way that magic disappears, and I miss it.”
Hilburn has long admired the the traditional depictions of Halloween, like Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. “That’s the Halloween I want to experience, and I think Angeleno Heights comes very close to bringing that back. Living here I’m surrounded by it.”