JB Whirtley’s Dr. Scaryington Takes Over Christmas is the first book that he’s ever written; he never intended in getting the poem published.
When JB Whirtley was eleven-years old, at school, he was in an art class and actually drew a gruesome, funny-looking character; which turned into the book’s main character, Dr. Scaryington. He got the idea of the story from old horror movies and other books, such as: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and mostly from Tim Burton’s film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
JB Whirtley was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida; a world in which the artistic, JB, was not in step with the bright, happy people surrounding him. The author is also a member of the Manatee Art Center. Like any normal thirteen-year-old, JB, enjoys playing tennis, soccer, skateboard, and sometimes basketball. He also loves to write poems, paint, and draw. He loves to watch horror movies and is a huge fan of Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, and Batman).