by Edgar Cantero
Meddling Kids is a nostalgic, subversive, and adult play on teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, & Scooby-Doo, and it delivers an offbeat, entertaining celebration of horror novels, mystery novels, and TV shows, with some sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft, pop culture & kitsch to round it out.
Meddling Kids begins in the summer of 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (four teenage detectives and their dog) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster who turned out to be just a fortune hunter trying to get the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And “he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids”.
Our story picks then up in 1990, 13 years since The Blyton Summer Detective Club solved their final mystery. The former detectives have grown up and apart, unable to cope with adult life, each is haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. Andrea “Andy” Rodriguez, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers.
The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It’s their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.
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