The flipchart comedian is reveling in his second career as a scary children’s author

The comedian became the author of the Bec Hill series of children’s books horror heights is all about the weird and scary, but she describes herself as a skeptic.

“Personally, I have never experienced anything that I would call paranormal. I think there is always a rational explanation for things,” she explains. “But I like to hear other people’s experiences. It’s fascinating when people can’t explain something that happened.

Comedian-turned-author Bec Hill has written her second book in her Horror Heights children’s book series. Credit:Steve Ullathorne

Hill is best known for her bubbly comedy, which features delightfully silly puns and her signature flipcharts and has found a large audience during lockdowns.

For the first book in this new series, Hill focused on a girl whose slime creation takes on a life of its own. In the upcoming second episode, a boy switches places with his favorite online influencer, only to find himself stuck in the virtual world.

Hill, born in Australia and now based in London, was inspired by the Goose bumps series, which she read voraciously as a child, begging her mother to take her to a local Dymocks to research new titles. Like many Australians of her generation, she was obsessed with short stories about Paul Jennings and around the twist series.

Now Jennings has given his stamp of approval to the first horror heights book. “It was really exciting,” Hill says. “He gave a very nice quote (for the text of the book). I didn’t memorize it because I try not to be arrogant, but it was a career highlight.

Hill’s interest in horror predates the handmade pop-up book routines the comedian uses to take her audience into antics through misheard lyrics, food, and video games.

Flip charts have had a second life online, racking up millions of views on YouTube during the pandemic. Their feel-good vibe and Hill’s contagious vertigo while performing made them welcome serotonin delivery vehicles on dull days.

Hill is something of an accidental online star, having initially used YouTube to simply archive old flipchart routines and odds and ends sketches. Then she found that people were increasingly discovering her work through the platform.

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