Favorite Halloween Reads

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Favorite Halloween Reads

Love Halloween. For the spooky, for the terrifying, for the fun, for the candy--well, for everything! Halloween is the zenith of my favorite season (Autumn), and it means I have less than one month to wait until my favorite holiday (Thanksgiving).  

We even have Halloween movie traditions in my house: We watch Monster House, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and one or two of the classic MGM monster movies. (Wolfman and Frankenstein ftw!)

So naturally, I was very excited to share my top 5 Halloween Reads over at the A Knife And A Quill website. I definitely like to 'set the mood' for Halloween with movies and stories, and the 5 I chose run the gamut from very scary to charming.

Here's the first on my list:

1) Cycle of the Werewolf – Stephen King: First horror story I ever read. (Think I was 14…) Lost a lot of sleep over that one, and thinking about it still takes me back to the nervous feeling I’d get around Halloween as a kid.



You can check out the rest of my list over at AKAQ, and if you're a fan of horror, paranormal, and/or speculative fiction, I think you'll enjoy their site.

So what's your favorite Halloween read or movie? Do you go for trick or treat? (You can probably tell by the movies I listed above that my wife doesn't go for REALLY freaky stuff--so I watch those when she goes to sleep. :-)

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and I'll see you on the other side.

~EJW~

24 comments:

  1. Read another entry for your blogfest just this morning.
    I've been selecting horror films on NetFlix but so far haven't found a really good one.

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  2. Personally, I love the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street movies. When I was younger they scared the crap out of me. Now when I watch them, I laugh almost all the way through.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  3. I can't do horror. I get creeped out really easily. Silence of the Lambs and Jaws freaked me out for YEARS.

    Stupid, I know, but for Halloween I prefer stuff more like Beetlejuice or Hocus Pocus.

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  4. I love Stephen King and have missed this one. I can't watch movies like Amityville Horror. Those are too scary for me!

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  5. Yay for Halloween! Heading over to read the rest of your list :) I love watching the Charlie Brown Halloween special, though I always feel bad that Chuck keeps getting rocks. Poor Charlie Brown.

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  6. I'll always love the movie Halloween, and who can pass up Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin.

    The scariest book, at least for me was The Exorcist!

    But if you want to read a few new shorts for Halloween check out the RFW House of Horror challenge. It's not too late to participate. Denise Covey and Donna Hole are the hosts.

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  7. I'm with you on the Charlie Brown movies. I can also handle a few of the cartoonish movies that deal with Halloween. But I've come to realize that as much as I love writing paranormal, I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to movies. Unless it's Constantine with Keanu Reeves then I can handle that. Or maybe something like Craft or Hocus Pocus :-)

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  8. Stephen King's Cell was a particular favorite of mine to read, especially since I believe the start of all the chaos was October 1st. Fun stuff indeed!

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  9. I admit I'm not a King fan, but I did like Cycle of the Werewolf.

    We always watch The Crow on Halloween. Such a powerful film.

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  10. I love watching Halloween/horror related movies during October.

    My favorite Halloween movie is well, Halloween. Favorite horror book is a harder category. I did recently read Gretchen McNeil's TEN and loved it.

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  11. Oh my that chat last night... LOL! Too fun. Fall is my FAVE session. So much in fact that nearly all my books are set in the fall session. Something about cider and the crisp leaves!!!

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  12. Ooh, I haven't read that King yet! I loved The Eyes of the Dragon, though. I think I might reread Coraline for Hallowe'en this year :-)

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  13. I can't read or watch movies about werewolves...if I even see a poster or preview of that one with Jack Nicholson, I have a nightmare. Truth is, I avoid all scary movies.

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  14. I love Halloween, too! Great choice for your favorite read!

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  15. Favorite Halloween reads? Hmmm. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein was good.

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  16. Can't say I have one, since Halloween isn't really celebrated in my country. :-)

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  17. I absolutely love horror, so naturally Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!

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  18. when the kids were little we had some cute halloween books, now its more the specials...this year they want to watch the nightmare before xmas...nothing gross yet!

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  19. ah, but i enjoyed a night of blacker darkness by dan wells, and my fave halloween movie is young frankenstein!

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  20. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and I've just realized I still haven't read that book. So wrong! I love The Shining. It's my favorite scary book. I like to revisit it and read it.

    Thank you for the fun blogfest! Mine was a bit more serious than I'd intended, but I enjoyed taking part. Good luck with your launch and sales.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  21. I'd have to go with Charlie Brown. I'm not much of a horror fan. I prefer the 'awwww' warm fuzzies of a good romance to being scared.

    I'm with you on Thanksgiving, though. And Fall. :)

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  22. I'll tend to listen to music that's oriented to that time of year. Film scores with a spooky element. Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Sleepy Hollow, Sixth Sense, that sort of thing.

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  23. You know, I just can't read Stephen King...ever. I am a cutesie Halloween reader and movie watcher.

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