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Creepy, Spooky, Scary Reads. Are you Ready for Halloween?

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.

Sizzlin’ Summer Reading List

Summer is officially here, and with it brings a heat wave. Ever felt like you’re just too hot to even move, let alone write a novel? So what better way to deal with the heat then by finding a shady spot and reading your favorite books about heat waves?

Here are some recommendations I have. They tend to be a bit on the scarier side of things, but that’s to keep your mind off this terrifying heat:

Cujo by Stephen King: A mother and son get trapped inside a Ford Pinto during the hottest summer in 30 years. A rabid dog waits to pounce if they attempt to leave. Uplifting reading, best done on a sweaty subway car surrounded by almost-rabid commuters.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Our precocious narrator Scout describes that fateful summer,  “Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square; Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning; Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.