I used to love Halloween, but then it became an overlooked gateway to the winter holidays and just doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves. Nevertheless, I still try to make the most of the season, even though it's well past acceptable for me to don a costume and go trick-or-treating (which is rubbish, because who doesn't like getting dressed up and going around to gather candy?). I've since swapped the neighborhood trick-or-treating for Halloween parties with friends, and scouting out the best block for candy gathering has turned into buying Halloween candy on clearance the day after and hunkering down with a bag of Twix and Captain America. I'm not really complaining.
But in the past couple of years I've begun a new tradition: All Hallows Read. I'm all for reading, and if one of my favorite holidays can help promote reading, literacy, discovery of new books, and just plain ol' kindness, I'm on board. (It may come as no surprise that this is a movement headed by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman, but even if it weren't, I'd still be all over this idea.)
The premise is simple: Give someone a scary book on Halloween.
I'll let Neil elaborate...
And in the spirit, I've got a book to give one of you!
The lovely folks over at Oxford University Press have been sharing a scary story all month in installments on their blog. The story itself is from Darryl Jones' latest compilation of classic horror tales, largely from the Victorian era. Featuring some of my favorite authors like Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, and Arthur Conan Doyle (just to name a few), this book is a such a lovely (lovely? Creepy? Terror-inducing?) collection of tales perfect for Halloween.
What scary story are you planning on giving this All Hallows Read and to whom?