- All Hallows Read Posters 2017 – This year’s posters are available for free download, including the GIF above, which will take you to the All Hallows Read main page for more info.
- 10 of the Best Gothic Poems for Halloween
- The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – Read by Christopher Walken – I think this might be the creepiest recital of “The Raven” I’ve ever heard. If you’ve got one that somehow tops it, please leave a link in the comments!
- 5 Hours of Edgar Allan Poe Stories Read by Vincent Price & Basil Rathbone – If Walken’s recital of “The Raven” isn’t enough, here’s 5 hours worth of Poe stories. It includes favorites such as “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Cask of Amantillado”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and my very 1st story by Poe, “The Gold-Bug”.
- 10 Chilling Audiobooks To Get You In The Halloween Mood – This list doesn’t include any Poe, but if you need a few more audio recommendations, here they are. I’ve added Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt to my wish list.
- 20 of the Creepiest Haunted Houses, Castles, and Mansions in Literature
- 40 Scariest Books of the Last 200 Years – I’ve read a lot of the earlier novels, since I’m very much into Gothic literature, but several of the newer ones are now on my wish list.
- Podcasts to Scare You Silly This Halloween – I’m definitely going to try out “The Black Tapes” and I highly recommend “Lore”.
- Halloween Ambient Mixer – If you’ve been reading my “Thursday’s Things” posts for a while, you’ll have seen me mention all the wonderful ambient sounds from AmbientMixer.com. Now you can scare yourself even sillier by adding some Werewolves, Haunted House, or other Halloween-related sounds to your reading.
- For Fans Of ‘American Horror Story’: 12 Spooky Reads To Get You In The Mood For Halloween – This is from last year after “Roanoke” aired; however, this looks like a very good collection of books, so I couldn’t pass up sharing it.
As promised, here’s the second “Thursday’s Things” post for this month. All of the links are related to Halloween, Horror, or Gothic literature in some way.
- Terrifying Children’s Books – I don’t know if I would consider these books to be terrifying, but they are creepy.
- 49 Halloween Costumes All Book Lovers Will Appreciate
- Gothic Cabarets from 19th Century Paris – The 19th century is my favorite, not because life was great (it wasn’t), but because people were obsessed with the supernatural and the macabre.
- Let’s Talk About It: Why Do We Love Being Scared? – Shaina enjoys a good scare, but she doesn’t know why.
- Gourd Girl: A Seasonal Creep Book List – I try not to double up on blogs, but even though this one doesn’t have anything to do with Halloween or Horror, it’s funny and quick to read.
- The Stephen King Challenge – This is the perfect time of year to get started on the Stephen King perpetual reading challenge, join the Salem’s Lot read-along, or just read the blog. Also, there’s a list at the bottom of the site containing all of King’s published work.
- The Humble Goosebumps Audiobook Bundle – Pay what you want to get your fave spooky stories from your childhood in audiobook format while also donating to charity!
- Ten Children’s Movies that Scared Us Silly – I’ve included this one because many of the movies on the list are based on books.
- 15 Things to Do With Pumpkins (Besides Carve Them)
- 23 Underrated Horror Books You Have To Read ASAP – Not all of these are underrated, IMO, but Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is this weekend, and those of us also participating in RIP X might want or need some scary books to keep us awake through the night.
I’ve decided to start this new feature called “Tuesday’s Tunes and Things”. It will be a collection of literary links I’ve come across and a playlist of music I listen to while reading. I’m thinking it will be a bimonthly or monthly post, instead of weekly. Since it’s Horror October Fortnight, this one is Halloween themed.
While I’ve been reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes for the read-along, I’ve been listening to this playlist. Be warned: this book and music combo might keep you awake for fear of nightmares about Mr. Dark and the Dust Witch. For whatever idiotic reason, the album “Carnival of Lost Souls” by Nox Arcana isn’t on Spotify, so it’s not on my playlist, but you can find it here.
The 50 Scariest Short Stories of All Time (Flavorwire) – I’ve read several of these, and judging from that, I can say this is a great list. What I love about it is the links to the stories so you have quick access to scaring yourself silly.
Literary Witches Quiz – Test your knowledge of witches in literature.
9 Creepy Books to Read Just in Time for Halloween – Unfortunately I won’t have time to read any of these this October, since I’m trying to finish the three books I’m already reading by Halloween. I’m adding a few of these to my list of books to read next October though.
5 Great Halloween Reads for Kids (Nerdist) – These are also great for those who prefer to keep their Halloween more fun than freaky.
21 Literary-Inspired Pumpkins Every Bookworm will Adore and 18 Literary Pumpkins for a Bookish Halloween – Sadly, I don’t have any artistic ability when it comes to carving pumpkins. Otherwise, I would definitely make several of these.
3 Ghostly Good Reads – Kim, over at Bookmark to Blog, has convinced me to add Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and The Diviners by Libba Bray to my TBR for next year.