Every year when October rolls around, I have a visceral urge to read scary stories. I’m currently in the middle of a book whose review claimed that the last 30-pages of the book are some of the scariest every written.
And with the Halloween sleepover tonight, I thought it would be a good time to remind you all of one of the most classic scary books.
I know full-grown adults who still have nightmares over these stories.
Have you heard about All Hallow’s Read? It’s Neil Gaiman’s idea…and let’s be honest, that in and of itself makes it a fantastic idea. Basically, for Halloween, Mr. Gaiman is encouraging everyone to give someone you love a scary book to read. So, this week, I’ll be focusing on some seasonally appropriate books–some scary, some silly with just a hint of scary.
Let’s start with the man himself – Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is one of the most delightfully creepy books I have ever read. After Coraline’s family moves to a new place, she discovers a door that leads to a parallel world where her other mother and her other father have much more time for and are more interested in her than her real parents. It seems great until the other mother wants to sew buttons over Coraline’s eyes. This is also a great book to listen to on audio. Gaiman reads it himself and the mouseband has to be the creepiest thing ever. You will never look at buttons the same way after reading this book.
One of my latest favorite books is Croak by Gina Damico. Lex is constantly getting into trouble, mostly because she just wants to punch pretty much everyone who crosses her path. In a last ditch effort to keep her from being expelled from her high school, her parents send her away to spend the summer with an uncle she barely remembers. Turns out, crazy uncle is a Grim Reaper and Lex seems to have “the touch” as well. As she starts to fit in, feel less angry, and make new friends, someone else is killing Reapers. So Lex and her group try to solve the mystery. Here’s the author’s own book trailer.
If you want to see Neil Gaiman talking about All Hallow’s Read, check out his video.
Happy scary reading!