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All Hallow's Read

This year, I'll be doing something I've done once before, which is giving a scary book to someone for Halloween. Of course, when I did it, it wasn't exactly a scary book, since I've given copies of Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman to Angela's younger son and to the Horace Mann Elementary School library. (Long-time readers know how much I LOOOOOOOVE Big Pumpkin.)

However, the wise, witty, wonderful Neil Gaiman has put forth A Modest Proposal that involves the giving of scary books on Halloween. Here's the crux of his post:

I propose that, on Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they'll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they'll enjoy.

I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands -- new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe'en. Make their flesh creep...

Give a scary book.

If you don't know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you're giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don't tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)

I'm in. And you?

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Oct. 27th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
hey, that's a really neat idea! i don't know many little kiddies here but i do know some adults who could stand to read a little stephen king... ;)
neato, kelly!
Oct. 28th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
I am actually pretty excited about picking out books for my kids!
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
I've been looking for scary books. I've got several 7th graders this year who love scary stories. I recently got a collection of Edgar Allen Poe that one of the boys is working through. I need to find something for my girls that like scary. She just read Skeleton Man and enjoyed it, but said it wasn't scary enough.
Oct. 28th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm going to post a few ideas for teens tomorrow, but offhand, Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is great for teens and tweens. Monica Edinger has posted a list for kids and teens. So has Joe Hill, horror writer and son of Stephen & Tabitha King.

I posted a list of picture books and middle-grade books for kids earlier this evening, and both of the Gaiman middle grades (The Graveyard Book and Coraline are good for tweens and possibly teens.
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