A splendid idea from my favorite author, Neil Gaiman. Last Saturday on his blog, he proposed starting a new tradition involving books.
From his post: "I propose that, 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."
What scary book would you give?
For people of all ages, I would give Mr. Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, a wonderful, fantastic story that I think resonates with everyone who has felt different or alone or both at some time or another. The magical depth of the characters will stay with you long after the last page is turned. It is a book that I didn't want to end, which may be the hallmark of the best books of all.
For older readers (teens and adults) you can't go wrong with Stephen King. In particular, try some of his older books: Skeleton Crew is one of my favorite for short stories that are sure to give you chills; Salem's Lot and The Shining are top-notch creepy page-turners that make you stay up way past your bedtime and way past the time you won't freak yourself out by hearing strange noises or a fleeting shadow in the hall; and of course there is It, CLOWNS need I say more???
For some Halloween reminesces and thought from Mr. Gaiman see this article from a few years back.