Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Stories for Your All Hallow's Read

I wrote a bit about past Halloweens I have loved here, so rather than cover them again, I figured I'd do something a little different.  As I'm writing this, we don't have any plans for tonight, but I think it would be nice to tuck into some pumpkin soup (I love this recipe) and a good old scary story or two.  Here are my top candidates if you want to help me celebrate All Hallow's Read.  (We never get any trick-or-treaters, but if we did, I would certainly be handing out books.  I think it's a glorious idea.)


Ghosts in the Machine by Neil Gaiman: This isn't a horror story at all, but I read it on the day it came out while I was cold in Oxford and maybe a little culture shocked from the way they celebrate over there.  The piece comes from the exact opposite perspective, but it felt as if everything my heart needed to say was in that one little article.  Like Gaiman's poem "Locks," I've come back to this one again and again.  It haunts me.

1408 by Stephen King: Everything's Eventual is one of my favorite books by Stephen King, behind The Shining, which is incredible but too long to read on one Halloween evening.  1408 was certainly the most terrifying story in the whole book, though the title story was also pretty creepy from what I remember.  In fact, at this writing, I actually can't say for certain how good and scary this story is because Roger isn't home and I'm too afraid to read it while home alone.  So, take this as a recommendation from 16-year-old Kristin: it is very scary.

The Girl with the Green Ribbon: This is maybe the most horrifying story on the list, and it's definitely the shortest.  It is so scary that I stopped talking after I first read it in kindergarten.  Proceed with caution.  And if this isn't terrifying enough for you, you should also read Schwartz's masterwork, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  All I can say is, shit's about to get real.

And, if you're not much of a reader (if you're not much of a reader, what are you doing here?), I'll just say that my favorite horror movies are The Sixth Sense, The Others and Silence of the Lambs.  I'm also a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and tonight would be a good time to start on it if you've never watched it before. Popcorn feels almost as festive as pumpkin soup.

Happy Halloween! Do you have any fun plans for tonight?

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