The temperature is dropping and golden leaves are beginning to litter the street, cobwebs are being strewn across porches and Jack O’Lanterns are being carved. Halloween is almost upon us.
Scary stories have always been a central part of my reading experience. From R.L. Stine to Edgar Allen Poe, readers are attracted to things that spook us out. I remember reading Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories underneath my blankets when I was little, scared of even the sounds of trees in the wind.
As writers, we use suspense in almost everything we write. We like getting readers itching to get to that next page, to get to that reveal. For horror story writers, their craft is creating the drive for each reader to finish the book, even as they fight sleep.
So to get into the mood for this most haunted of holidays, here’s a reading list of spooky titles written by Lulu authors.
The Book of Halloween: For an introduction to the holiday itself, check out The Book of Halloween by Ruth Edna Kelly. Featuring the origins of the holiday, from a pagan celebration to an all-American tradition, it makes for some pretty great trivia while devouring your candy.
Games for Halloween: For the Halloween party host, this eBook will definitely help you prepare a most ghoulishly fun party. It’s a little bit of a throwback (first published in 1912 — old things are scary!), but Games for Halloween is still filled with fun ideas.
True Horror Stories: For late at night, when everyone’s getting ready for bed, maybe if you’re into getting a little freaked out, it’s a good idea to read True Horror Stories by Sean Mosley. True or not, these stories could still make the biggest skeptic lie awake at night.
So what goes into a great horror story? Have you written one? Either way, happy Halloween from Lulu, home of Eeeeeee!Books.
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