It’s Halloween, and I know that none of you geeks are going out because you know better than to go out on the most haunted night of the year while dressed as a sexy Strawberry Shortcake. Ghosts love Strawberry Shortcake. Instead, you can stay up all night reading one of these 50 best horror novels from Flavorwire, or take a shortcut and settle for Nerdist’s 10 best horror novels. In the event that your roommate drags you to a Halloween party and you are struggling for clever things to say, here is a list of horror books that are better than their movie adaptations. People at parties love it when you say the book was better than the movie.
If your are not interested in trashy American traditions, try Neil Gaiman’s Halloween crusade, and give scary books instead of sweet, sweet candy. Also check out the live-feed of Gaiman reading at the New York Public Library for Halloween.
From Electric Literature, here are 12 haunting American short stories. Furthermore, here are 10 of the best Australian Horror Authors from This Is Horror UK. For general news on Australian Horror and to prepare to submit short horror stories and flash fiction in the new year, stay turned to the Australian Horror Writers Association.
Can you hear the ghosts Fernando?
Oldies but goodies. For skeptics who still like to be creeped out, here are some ghost stories with a bit of science from Radiolab. The show includes vintage views on the afterlife, famous death masks, haunted lucid dreams and a holy automaton.
RTE Radio 1 Book Show discussed the enduring appeal of the ghost story late last year. Authors John Boyne and Kate Mosse wonder if and why the British and Irish are so good at scaring us with words on paper. Now available on Soundcloud.
Nothing is spookier than bones. You are literally filled with them. Tune into BBC World Book Club from The World Service to hear Kathy Reichs discuss her 1997 debut novel, Deja Dead, which began her successful series of forensic anthropology crime novels.
NPR’s storytelling series, Snap Judgment, has once again put together a Halloween special that will keep me and possibly you awake for days.
The Rest In Peace
For writers of horror, here is Horror Tree’s list of online outlets looking for submissions.
‘Death Becomes Her’, the latest exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is currently displaying examples of mourning clothes from a century ago. Take note if you aren’t sure what that wandering Victorian widow-ghost hell-beast in your novel should be wearing.
Would you like to learn how to manipulate your way to more candy? Trick or treat, smell my feet, and embrace your expert uncertainty over at io9.
It's now a month until submissions close for Viva la novella. So get you entries polished and start sending them in. Or do the nanowrimo thing and get it all done this month. Sleep is for the weak and the dead. Submission details here.
Do you want to know real fear?!
Time to watch Hocus Pocus. Farewell.