First Day on Earth ARC Contest + Weird Space Tales Radio Theater

Hello my lovely friends!

I’ve got five (5) ARCs of my brand new novel First Day on Earth (Scholastic, Nov 2011) to give away.

First Day on Earth is the story of Mal, a boy who may or may not have been abducted by aliens and who meets a guy Hooper who may or may not be from outer space.

So I am having a contest. A “Tales of Alien Abduction” contest.

That’s right. Send me your short (300 words) tale imagined or real of your encounter with a UFO or your alien abduction. The five most vivid, thrilling and weird tales will win an advanced copy of First Day On Earth signed by me. But wait! That’s not all! These five tales will then be crafted into a Weird Space Tales Radio Theater drama that I will record and podcast with the help of special guests! (like Grant Baccicio! Creator of the Doctor Floyd Radio Show! ) (in either all in one episode or five minisodes depending on what I can pull off).

Fun for all of us to enjoy! Radio Theater! Awesome!


Submit a microstory (no more than 300 words, please!) of your alien abduction / encounter with a UFO (real or imagined!) post in comments or email to by July 31st

Winners will be announced mid-August.

There will be two (2)ARCs reserved for someone under 18 years old. Please make sure to state if you are under 18 / over 18. (under 18 winners will have to get permission from their parents to give me an address to receive the book)

All are welcome to enter. Yes, that means anywhere in the entire world. UFOs land everywhere!

The winners give me, Cecil Castellucci, permission to adapt their thrilling tale into a radio play that will be performed and reenacted and available to all on a fun podcast of complete radio theater delight! Winners names will be credited.

Have fun!

Also, remember, you can Pre-order First Day on Earth right now!


Barnes & Noble

Skylight Books (FYI any of my books ordered from Skylight Books are most likely signed) *

*currently the book is not listed on Indiebound or Powells, but you should totally support your local indie bookstores.

From Scholastic’s jacket copy:

A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings.

“I know what I am.”

Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world — or, at least, an idea of the world.

Then he meets Hooper. Who says he’s from another planet. And may be going home very soon.


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