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Halloween Horrors

Around this time last year I came to know (through one of the favorite blogs) about Neil Gaiman’s wonderful idea – All Hallow’s Read: giving scary books for Halloween. It was then too late to make the tradition my own. This year, however – I completely forgot about it! So disappointing… While scolding myself for this shameful failure of memory I started thinking how exciting it would be to give books on various occasions of personal importance… Midsummer night, for example – perfect for exploring folk tales crowded with elves, gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, fairies and other creatures of fantasy and magic. Or World Book Day – giving books on books and reading! Or Earth day – what better day for exchanging books like Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior or Eleanor Perényi’s Green Thoughts!…

To get back on the subject of Halloween reading, though… It was a sunny, slightly windy, day today. No rain, no storms, not even a single gray cloud to set the mood for juicy stories. The morning was spooky, with the silver fog still low above the ground. But what is one to do with morning? For a good Halloween reading, one needs strong winds, lightning, and thunders and mist or at least a creepy place: deep woods, an old castle or a house, a graveyard, a forgotten road, Manchac swamp and so on and so forth… Since I had no intention of getting out of my own bed and the night promised to be indigo blue and starry I went with the flow and borrowed Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories from the American Corner library to tuck myself to sleep with the faintest chill possible…

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