If you ask your local librarian for reading recommendations (which you definitely should, whether in person or online), chances are at some point he or she will hand you a book by Neil Gaiman. There are many reasons for this. Gaiman’s got an engaging writing style. His books are fun to read and appeal to a wide range of readers, with exciting stories rooted in mythology and fantasy.
But moving beyond his writing, there are other reasons librarians just can’t help but like this guy. For one thing, he is a tireless and eloquent advocate for libraries and reading. For another thing, he comes up with cool ideas like All Hallow’s Read, his push over the past few years to create a new tradition of book-giving at Halloween. The idea is not meant to replace trick-or-treating, but to spread the joy of reading by providing an excuse for us to give each other scary books. What a great way to celebrate the holiday! Here are some spooky books you might consider giving your friends (or yourself!) this year for All Hallow’s Read:
Some old favorites:
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
John Dies at the End by David Wong
For younger readers:
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Half-Minute Horrors, edited by Susan Rich
Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Don't forget The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs! An oldey but a goody! For Tweens and older.
I plan on being scared silly with a spooky historical read about the Bush administration.
I would add Joe Hill's newish book NOS4A2 to the list--who thought a place called Christmasland would be so creepy!