Tuesday, October 10, 2023

October Frights - Spooky Halloween Reads!

Read something creepy!

 It's that creepy time of year again - OCTOBER FRIGHTS!


First - Be sure to stop by the participating blogs and see what they have going on:

Participant List

Haven't done this for a while but there are sooo many great creepy books out, that I had to make up a few Spooky Reading Lists for Halloween!  Some may be new to you so keep reading! And look out for the giveaways! 

(See more spooky Halloween reads tomorrow 10/12 - Skellie Mysteries!) 

* Friday the 13th: Excerpt: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter


Podcasts - Short stories, Horror

The Creepy Podcast is hosting 31 Days of Horror short audio stories all October. My story, "Sweet Dreams," will be on but I don't know the day yet. Will update when scheduled.

* See the list of stories ahead and sub on Patreon if you want early access.

* Listen to episodes on the Creepy website.

* Listen at other sites: 

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creepy/id1205352558

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/music/listen?t=Creepy&u=0&view=/ps/Irjjcpj7j4e5i5g52j43d6d4vue

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL2NyZWVweXBvZC5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw&fbclid=IwAR0WJ0amJgOZqGxtrg_Y3e8aAWPf9KK1Q4-ql3--FPiWm_2Zswz9-Dr6bso

iHeartRadio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/904-creepy-28544353/



Classic Monsters Unleashed - Thirty blood-curdling stories with the old favorites - Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and more by bestselling authors. Winner of 2023 RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARD FOR BEST CLASSIC HORROR FICTION.

Found: An anthology of found footage horror stories, Eighteen stories of found footage horror.

Midnight Under the Big Top: Tales of Madness, Murder, and Magic - Two acts of 18 stories with poetry intermission by assorted authors. Plus a short novel by Josh Malerman.

Haunted Houses


Haunted House Evil: 12 book set (Limited time sale!) Twelve haunted houses, a liner, seminary and more, 12 times the scares and horror!

The Spite House, Johnny Compton - On the run from a mysterious past, a father and his two daughters find a new home and a job at a house supposedly built for spite. The job, of proving paranormal activity, offers more horror than any of them expected. 

Enjoyed this strange tale of a house and family with a bad history.  ** Someone shared the book with me, so I'm passing it on to someone else. * US shipping only. Ends Oct. 15.

Edgar Allan Poe

A staple of spooky stories, there's plenty to read here.


A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Dawidziak - TV critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer examines the mysteries surrounding Poe's life and death in a dual-timeline of Poe's increasingly desperate last months and his life.

Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems - Tales and poems, 156 works of Poe. Includes 69 of Poe's spellbinding tales.

Nevermore: The Haunted Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Troy Taylor - Paranormal researcher delves into the mysterious life of the inventor of the mystery. What killed him? Why did he disappear and return incoherent, wearing someone else's clothes?

Nevermore Nook Composition Book - Notebook for your own Poe-inspired work. 120 pages



Blind Rage, (Under the Breaking Sky Book 1), Nick Clausen - The carnage unleashed when a strange object in the sky turns people into blind, raging monsters.

(Limited time Halloween sale!)

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy, and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become...zombies?  Follows the Borden trial of 1893. (Print, Kindle and audiobook.)

Lizzie Borden,  Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, C.A. Verstraete - After being acquitted of the brutal axe murders of her family, Lizzie faces a new challenge and a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist - grief-stricken caregivers are hiding away infected friends and family members.  Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again... but can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters... no matter the cost?

Check out these sites also:

October Frights Book Fair: https://afstewart.ca/october-frights-book-fair/

October Frights Giveaway: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/fPAZCcZ

(Spite House: If you can't enter, see link. US shipping only. Ends Oct. 15.) ** Bonus entry: sign up for my sporadic newsletter with book news, deals, giveaways, etc. 

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