Wednesday, October 24, 2012

All Hallow's Read Treat

It is entitled Got Your Nose and I will be posting a link to PDFs of the story for you to download. It is formatted to be a chapbook (2 pages fit on 1 8.5x11" page and can be printed as a booklet. There is also a PDF of a cover. You can take the files to your local printer and they will make the booklet for you OR you can read it on your computer, OR you can, if you are device savvy, import it into your reader.
It will only be available until Midnight on Halloween, then it will disappear (spooky,huh?)

The seed of the story came from a Creative Writing boot camp I taught this past summer with a group of creative junior high students.Special thanks go out to Haley, Mellissa, Alyssa, Alexah and Allison for sharing their fears, at first hackneyed then slowly dug down deep to the good stuff. Thanks for sharing. 

What is All Hallow’s Read ?

Scary books. Halloween.

This new tradition is the brainchild of macabre author Neil Gaiman and 2012 will be the third year the event will be celebrated. It’s simple! During the week of Halloween, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book. It doesn’t take the place of trick or treating, it’s in addition to all the usual Halloween fun stuff. The book should be age appropriate but scary.

Here’s Neil Gaiman’s initial proposal:

On Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books.

Give children scary books they'll like and can handle.

Give adults scary books they'll enjoy.

I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands -- new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe'en. Make their flesh creep...

Give a scary book.

If you don't know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you're giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don't tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)

That's it.

Scary book.


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