Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Scary Stories, Costumes, Halloween by Morgan Mandel

I wonder if any of you have written a scary story that's already out or coming out in time for Halloween. Or, maybe you've read one that you enjoyed in a gruesome sort of way. (g)

If so, please tell us something about it here in the comment section to get us in the proper frame of mind for celebrating the holiday.

Or, maybe you're going to a Halloween party, and you'd like to describe your costume. You're welcome to do that as well.

Morgan Mandel - http://morganmandel.blogspot.com/
PS - Here's Rascal in her not-that-great pirate costume from last year. We're hoping to think up a better one for her for the Halloween party at Bentley's Corner Barkery next Thursday, but the DH (Good Paul) and I are very lacking in the creative department where costumes are concerned.


CA Verstraete said...

Aww poor dog! My friend at Haunt Jaunts was showing how you can get dog costumes to match yours; fun idea!

The Killer Valentine Ball is a creepy tale about a party that never ends - a "ghoul's" just gotta have fun. haa!

Now hosting 12 Days of Halloween in Miniature at my blog. Stop by and say boo!

Chris Verstraete

Unknown said...

I'm a great big scaredy-cat.No horror movies or stories for me! I don't write them and don't read them. But our kids--who are grown now--and now our grandsons--make a big deal out of Halloween. When our son--who is now in his forties--was five, he and his little girlfriend/playmate went trick-or-treating in July. Those were the days when kids wandered up and down the block playing in the yards--very safe. I didn't know what they were doing, but they came in and asked for two grocery sacks-and out the front door they went. About thirty minutes later, they came back with the bottom of their sacks filled with candy, cookies, and apples. We laugh about that every Halloween. Celia

Athanasia said...

Family Favorites...

The W-Files by Jay Rath (Wisconsin
version of the X-files)

Wisconsin Ghosts 2009 by Sherry Strub

The WI Road Guide to Haunted Locations 2004 by Chad Lewis

Scary Stories (3 book set) 2001 by Alvin Schwartz

We're kind of scaredy cats so our favorite movies are pretty mild...we always watch The Wizard of Oz...Bell, Book and Candle...and
E.T. and the Harry Potter movies during October.

Our downtown has had 2 Zombiewalks now...quite entertaining.

Jan Kozlowski said...

If you like a little heat with your Halloween horror, my short story First Love Never Dies just came out in the HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE: An Anthology of Zombie Romance, edited by Lori Perkins and published by St. Martin's. Just a few of my fabulously talented co-authors include: Francesca Lia Block, John Skipp (writing as Gina McQueen), Brian Keene, Lois Gresh, Stacey Graham, Isabel Roman, Jeanine McAdam, Kilt Kilpatrick, Dana Fredsti and Vanessa Vaugh.

For a more traditional, seasonal horror type read, I LOVE Jonathan Maberry's Pine Deep Trilogy-GHOST ROAD BLLUES, DEAD MAN'S SONG & BAD MOON RISING.

As for movies, my favorites are the really bad ones from the 70's that I first saw during my drive in dating days, triple feature horror flicks like Don't Look in the Basement, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or Motel Hell.

Debra St. John said...

I'm with Celia, I don't do horror or scary. I go for more of the cutesy side of Halloween. My decs are pumpkins and ghosts with smiles, stuffed Frenkensteins, etc.

As some of you well know, however, I do love a good vampire story...although not the gory ones. "True Blood" - my guilty pleasure - is about the max I can take in the blood, guts, and gore category.

Cheryl said...

Burnt Offerings and The Sentinel have to be two of the scariest movies I've ever seen. I didn't like Child's Play or Pet Semetary, and It would make you swear off the circus for years.

I don't raed a lot of horror, despite being a Stephen King fan. His novel Gerald's Game was scary because I could really see that happening. Misery was another scary one. I never liked Carrie or Cujo.

Right about now, Scooby Doo is as scary as I like to get.


Deb Larson said...

I like the light-side of Halloween. We're hosting a pajama party at the library for Kindergarten through 3rd grade, this Friday, after hours. It will be a mix-match of fun and a "little" scary. We'll finish the evening with a ghoulish feast of ogre scabs, witches brains and giant buggers and spider goo with swamp mud icing, and a bunch of other silly named treats.
DL Larson

Denise Dietz said...

If you like the fun (cutesy) side of Halloween, try my first "diet club" mystery, THROW DARTS AT A CHEESECAKE. That's the book where dieters are getting killed off at goal weight, and the climax is a Halloween party (beware of the Cookie Monster - hee!) Cheesecake is available in Trade paperback and e venues, including Kindle.

N. R. Williams said...

Tomorrow, Friday, Oct 22 is my blog Halloween party. I will be posting about my costume, my trick and my treat. You're welcome to stop on by and read it.

Next week I entered the Boo-fest and will be writing a blog post about a true ghost story. Should be a lot of fun. That is Oct. 28.

N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Anonymous said...

Reading Robert Burns' Tam O'Shanter is a traditional part of Halloween my father started when I was a child. It is a pleasant tradition to continue. I loved P.J. Bracegirdle's "Unearthly Asylum" in his Joy of Spooking series when I was just introduced to it this year. I couldn't put it down. I also appreciate learning about the Halloween novels some of you have mentioned and the great list the writers' group I am in shared!

My husband makes a cool looking Sherlock Holmes when I can talk him into dressing up for Halloween.


Rev. Dr. Anthony Burton said...


I have an ebook collection of scary stories--paranormal crime stories, if you will--titled The Other Side. It's available on Amazon as a Kindle title, on Apple's iBookstore as an ePub, and on The Digital Bookshop in a couple of different formats.

Amazon http://tinyurl.com/294q493
Digital Bookshop http://tinyurl.com/25amjzd