Halloween is approaching! I hope you all have your costumes lined up. Are you going as a spooky literary character, like Mrs. Havisham or Dracula or Claudia Kishi’s accessory drawer? I hope so!
Have you heard about All Hallow’s Read? Probably you have because Neil Gaiman started it and Neil Gaiman is directly plugged in to the hive mind of the internet. Seriously. Neil Gaiman is reading your thoughts right now. And he’s tweeting about them.
Anyway, the gist of All Hallow’s Read is that you should give someone a scary book for Halloween! Oooo! I am trying to think of scary books I like. In general, I am not a big fan of scary books. I am what you might call “high-strung” and I don’t need to be reading about ghosts or vampires or whatever to raise my blood pressure. Anyway, if I want to be terrified, I’ll just watch Fox News. (Zing!!) Still, in the spirit of Halloween, I tried to come up with some of my favorite scary reads.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Eek! Environmental destruction! Totalitarian theocracy! Forced illiteracy! What could be scarier?
- Sandman #6: 24 Hours by Neil Gaiman. This is collected in Preludes and Nocturnes. If you haven’t read Sandman yet, you are probably tired of people telling you to read Sandman. But seriously though, you should read Sandman. And read “24 Hours” if you want to be scared!
- The Witches by Roald Dahl. This book is why I don’t trust anyone who wears pointy-toed shoes.
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I promise I will only buy eggs if I personally know the chickens!! I promise!! No stop telling me about where eggs come from! Noooo!
What are your favorite scary books? Tell me!! But if they are too scary you have to come over and hold my hand while I read them.