Book News: Halloween Reads, Amazon Turns a Profit, Literary Costume Ideas & More!


Literary Halloween Costumes
Halloween is real close now and you may still be at a loss for a costume, well here are 9 lazy literary ideas.

Scary Books
Here are ten perfect Halloween books guaranteed to keep you up at night.

Horror Reads
If you’re a fan of certain horror movies, who are some horror recommended reads.

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Some Free Halloween Audio Tales

It’s been some time since I’ve talked at all about the awesomeness that is LibriVox. Essentially it is an organization of volunteers who record and produce audiobooks of works that are in the public domain and not under copyright. I’ve actually recorded a few myself. I’ve also recently been enjoying some great readings of some of Dickens’ works.

And then I recently thought with Halloween nigh upon us, why not . . . and have since enjoyed some great Halloween-related audio titles that are a blast.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is of course a well-known Halloween classic. And this particular reading is a joyful one to listen to.

What Halloween reading isn’t complete without some tales by the one and only Edgar Allan Poe. This collection, Twelve Creepy Tales, features all the “big ones” from Poe with a great variety of readers and is worth the listen.

And if you’re looking for something else in the horror vein, you can browse through the Horror and Supernatural Fiction Section.

Halloween Recommended Reads

We’re coming up on Halloween once again when everything goes spooky and dark, and we like to get scared by things.. Well, here’s a Halloween story I wrote and a list of recommended reads for kids and adults of books that will really give you some shivers . . .

Click on the image below to read the free Halloween Story

A Halloween Story


And now some recommended Halloween reads to chill your bones and make your blood freeze . . .


Among the Ghosts Coraline The Graveyard Book

Halloween Tree Rot and Ruin


Neverland I am Not a Serial Killer Feed Horns
Death Troopers
The Strain The Terror The Living Dead
Living Dead 2
World War Z Full Dark No Stars Handling the Undead
Illustrated Man Handling the Undead Handling the Undead Handling the Undead

A Halloween Post with Some Recommended Halloween Reads

It’s that time of year again — Hallowe’en — and this year I continue a tradition I started in 2007 where I read my personal favorite Halloween book: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.  Since ’07 I have built on the Halloween reading, adding some Edgar Allan Poe and whatever else I think my be fun and enjoyable and Halloweeny during the week leading up to the fated night.

This year I enjoyed:

“October in the Chair” by Neil Gaiman

“The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

And it seems like Neil Gaiman himself wants to do something similar with his modest proposal to have more days during the year where we give books as gifts, and proposes for Halloween to give scary books to people — kids or adults — as well as to read scary stories.  He even put up a quick website that will grow and build over the coming year in time for next Halloween.  On the site there’s a page of recommended articles with suggested Halloween reading from the Washington Post, Joe Hill’s blog, The Huffington Post, and How Stuff Works.

And here are some recommended reviews for books you might to read yourself or to each other this Halloween:


Among the Ghosts Coraline The Graveyard Book

Halloween Tree



Neverland I am Not a Serial Killer Feed Horns Death Troopers The Strain The Terror The Living DeadWorld War Z