The temperature is dropping and golden leaves are beginning to litter the street, cobwebs are being strewn across porches and Jack O’Lanterns are being carved. Halloween is almost upon us.
Scary stories have always been a central part of my reading experience. From R.L. Stine to Edgar Allen Poe, readers are attracted to things that spook us out. I remember reading Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories underneath my blankets when I was little, scared of even the sounds of trees in the wind.
As writers, we use suspense in almost everything we write. We like getting readers itching to get to that next page, to get to that reveal. For horror story writers, their craft is creating the drive for each reader to finish the book, even as they fight sleep.
So to get into the mood for this most haunted of holidays, here’s a reading list of spooky titles written by Lulu authors.
The Book of Halloween by Ruth Edna Kelly
For an introduction to the holiday itself, check out The Book of Halloween. Featuring the origins of the holiday, from a pagan celebration to an all-American tradition, it makes for some pretty great trivia while devouring your candy.
My Mommy Hates Halloween by Jason Hardy
For younger kids, check out My Mommy Hates Halloween. Featuring poems and short rhymes about Halloween, it’ll definitely get kids into the spooky vibe.
Games for Halloween By Mary F. Blain
For the Halloween party host, this eBook will definitely help you prepare a most ghoulishly fun party. It’s a little bit of a throwback (first published in 1912 — old things are scary!), but Games for Halloween is still filled with fun ideas.
True Horror Stories by Sean Mosley
For late at night, when everyone’s getting ready for bed, maybe if you’re into getting a little freaked out, it’s a good idea to read True Horror Stories. True or not, these stories could still make the biggest skeptic lie awake at night.
Max Rivlin-Nadler writes for the Lulu Blog – Archived