Tag: Halloween

Haunted Hallways, Gothic Galleries

Haunted Hallways, Gothic Galleries

The concept of the haunted house comes up again and again. After all, houses hold histories—and those histories aren’t always kind. When we are at home, we are often our most unguarded and vulnerable . . . but are we safe? These six stories (intended for both adults and young adults) suggest otherwise. House of […]

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Six Literary Scares This Spooky Season

Six Literary Scares This Spooky Season

‘Tis the season for some of the most fun genre fiction. Stalwarts like Stephen King will always be around for reliable scares, but some novels that sit on the boundary of literary fiction and genre horror also serve well-deserved creeps. Whether you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit or just enjoy the crisp weather […]

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Which Edward Gorey Archetype Are You? Take Our Dreary Quiz!
By October 31, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Which Edward Gorey Archetype Are You? Take Our Dreary Quiz!

It is once again Halloween, a day for the high-spirited of the world to dabble in the dark and peculiar. But you, lonely soul, of little means and littler purpose, in furtive moustache or eccentric dress, find yourself facing yet another day of banal horror. To get yourself in the holiday spirit, you may perhaps […]

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New York Times Bestseller List-Inspired Halloween Costumes

New York Times Bestseller List-Inspired Halloween Costumes

It’s been well-nigh impossible to escape this adorable collection of book-inspired Halloween costumes for parents and kids. (And who would want to?) The photographs—of Oompa Loompas, hungry caterpillars, and paper-bag princesses—were so adorable that it motivated me to create some costumes inspired by this week’s New York Times bestseller list. Although these costumes would work for […]

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Halloween Picture Books: Scary or Not-So-Scary?

Halloween Picture Books: Scary or Not-So-Scary?

Lynn and Cindy: Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to round up of some new picture books for trick-or-treat season. Kids vary, of course, in the degree of scariness they are comfortable with, so here are some of this year’s Halloween books in ascending order of shriek level.     […]

Poetry and Picture Books for Little Ghosts and Goblins

Poetry and Picture Books for Little Ghosts and Goblins

Lynn and Cindy: Are you looking for some Halloween fun for pre-schoolers and early elementary-school students? Look no further! Here are some new books for little ghosts and goblins. Start your story time with Boo! Haiku (2016), Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea’s follow-up to Guess Who, Haiku (2016). A haiku riddle and a small, circular picture […]

Happy Halloween from the Black Cats of Booklist!
By October 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Happy Halloween from the Black Cats of Booklist!

Evidently, black cats have the lowest adoption rate and highest euthanasia rate in shelters. One possible reason is because they’re kind of hard to see, so they’re harder to make a connection with at, say, a poorly-lit kennel. If these photos are any indication, yes, they’re kind of hard to see. Unless flooded in natural […]

Scarred for Life: Scary Books from My Childhood
By October 22, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

Scarred for Life: Scary Books from My Childhood

I’m in the midst of packing up my apartment to move, and by far the biggest undertaking has been boxing up my books. It is a fun chance to look through everything—I’ve even convinced myself to donate at least a few of the books I’d forgotten about entirely. But one book that surfaced is one that […]

Evil Corn: A Literary Subgenre Worthy of Serious Study

Evil Corn: A Literary Subgenre Worthy of Serious Study

I know what you’re thinking: There’s a book about evil corn? Oh, you sad, ignorant human. How do you get up each morning, with all that sadness and ignorance? Here, let me help. We are all aware of evil corn movies. The ur-text, of course, is Children of the Corn, though things don’t really get swinging on the […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo
By November 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo

I’ll admit it, this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Drew Weing’s delightfully eerie The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, is about a week late. Lurking monsters in haunted, abandoned buildings is perfect Halloween fare, after all, but in my book, as long as there’s trick-or-treat candy in my desk drawer (there is, and there’s a lot of it), spooky stories are […]