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
This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Hallowe’en, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the year,—such as May Day, Midsummer, and Christmas. The context is illustrated by selections from ancient and modern poetry and prose, related to Hallowe’en ideas. Those who wish suggestions for readings, recitations, plays, and parties, will find the lists in the appendix useful, in addition to the books on entertainments and games to be found in any public library. Special acknowledgment is made to Messrs. E. P. Dutton & Company for permission to use the poem entitled “Hallowe’en” from “The Spires of Oxford and Other Poems,” by W. M. Letts; to Messrs. Longmans, Green & Company for the poem “Pomona,” by William Morris; and to the Editors of The Independent for the use of five poems.
My Mommy Hates Halloween!
A horribly scary bagful of tasty rhyming treats for kids who love Halloween and adults who love kidding about Halloween. Silly, scary and always fun these spooky rhymes will make you want to trick or treat all year long!
Games for Hallow-e’en
Hallow-e’en or Hallow-Even is the last night of October, being the eve or vigil of All-Hallow’s or All Saint’s Day, and no holiday in all the year is so informal or so marked by fun both for grown-ups as well as children as this one. On this night there should be nothing but laughter, fun and mystery. It is the night when Fairies dance, Ghosts, Witches, Devils and mischief-making Elves wander around. It is the night when all sorts of charms and spells are invoked for prying into the future by all young folks and sometimes by folks who are not young… — From the Introduction First published in 1912, this vintage holiday classic is packed with ideas and activities guaranteed to make your Victorian-themed Halloween gathering the most authentic, impressive and talked about party of the year! Includes instructions for more than 60 traditional Halloween games, plus dozens of riddles, party game “forfeits” and more!
True Horror Stories: (Horror Stories to Tell In the Dark)
Enjoy a collection of thirty chilling true ghost stories from around America. “True Horror Stories” are perfect stories for a camping trip in the dark woods. Tell these stories at bedtime for the ghost lover in your family. Or test the stories on the biggest skeptic. It is all up to you!