Wednesday, October 12, 2011

All Hallow's Read

by Meghan B

Neil "Scary Trousers" Gaiman has come up with a new October tradition. It's called All Hallow's Read and it is an awesome idea. Come and let Mr Gaiman himself explain it to you.

Sounds easy enough! This October, share the love of reading with your friends and family by scaring the pants off of them! What holiday isn't improved by the exchange of books? Find a scary book for all the special people in your life and just remember to be there for them at 3am when they can't sleep and they're CERTAIN there is something in their closet.

All Hallow's Read even has a website with suggestions for (age appropriate) scary books for kids, as well as some suggestions for adults.

I think the scariest book I ever read as a child was certainly those creep-tastic Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark books. They were a series of short and terrifying stories, coupled with horrific artwork I STILL can't look at without having nightmares. I think I may even have nightmares just from having to Google for the cover image. That's what makes a book truly scary though. It stays with you. Even if you don't want it to...

What stands the test of time as being the scariest book you've ever had the (dis)pleasure of reading? What made it scary? Name some of the best scary books for other's to try out for All Hallow's Read!
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  1. I remember that book! I devoured every ghost story compilation I could find as a kid (and went through the Time-Life series on ghosts and the occult). I still remember reading The Halloween Tree and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Bradbury and loving the creepiness.

    Need to think on which books to give for the All Hallows Read...

  2. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark may have been one of the creepiest series I read as a kid. The illustrations were ghastly. There were a couple other ghost-story anthologies that were on about the same level of scary, but I can't think of titles. I also loved my collection of supernatural books by Mary Downing Hahn. I love the idea of All Hallow's Read. Everyone likes a scary story, right?