(sorry in advance for my english)
My son Joachim (10 years old) was intrigued on my drawings for the contest. I explained to him what the contest was, and who wrote the tales. He knows perfectly who Neil Gaiman is, he saw Coraline and I should be damned if I hadn't read "The Wolves in the Walls" a thousand times to him when he was a little younger. "The wolves" is one of our absolute favourites books ever (it's funny because the french version of the book is published by one of MY publishers, Delcourt ^^). When a situation is bad or desperate, we took the habit to say "tout est fini, les loups sont sortis des murs" (if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over), like in the book. ^^
So I explained briefly what each tale was about. About May, I even shown him 2 different videos made by other participants (very impressive). I translated the monologue for him. I don't know why, but the May tale TERRIFIED him at first.
He thought it was impossible and awful that things appear like that in a house. I answered him: but I told you about the October tale too, the one with the genie. It's impossible as well, however this one didn't scare you? Besides, these are only letters and notes, even if they appear, they don't do any harm. But, he said, it's SO WEIRD!! It was very hard to make him understand he doesn't have to be afraid, I think it was because the story has no explanation (which is one of the main interests!), while the genie in the October tale is a FACT. ^^
The next day his father decided to make a joke and put in his bedroom's wall a paper where it was written "things will be back to normal soon" in french (see photo here: cinabre.tumblr.com/day/2013/03…). Jo was surprised when he go back to his room, but he also have a sense of humor and laughed and laughed.
Since then we found several strange notes in the apartment, (written in french with a child writing) and also 3 books in a box. Yesterday evening I found next to my bed a note in an envelope with an alarming message about the situation of my uncle. I have salad in the fridge, but where can I find a pink flower please? ...