Halloween, 2009



Greetings boys and ghouls, the Monster Librarian here to help you ring in a frightfully fun Halloween.  To start off we have teamed up with our friends at Spook House Dave! to bring you a little message- Share a Scare this Halloween!



This message is brought to you by the wonderful folks at Spook House Dave! .and MonsterLibrarian.com.

For those looking for ways to share a scare might we suggest:


Share a horror anthology with some friends, with each person reading a story and sharing it with the others.  Stop by our Horror Anthologies page for some titles you might enjoy.

Read a scary story to a child, check our Halloween list for kids for some ideas


Tell some stories around the campfire or see if your local storytelling organization is holding an event.


Check out your local library to find a scary storyhour.


Listen to a podcast or CD with your family or students.


Try a book discussion. If you're feeling brave, try discussing it with your mom.


Go to a nursing home or assisted living facility and share a scary story with some of the residents- they may have a few tales to tell you, too!





Halloween Horrors!


We here at MonsterLibrarian.com are pleased to announce the third annual “Halloween Horrors!” horror book review event. Starting on October 1, 2009, outstanding horror fiction review sites will come together to create a virtual guide to titles that will keep readers up at night.    


“Halloween Horrors!” is an excellent way for librarians to get acquainted with horror genre titles both mainstream and small press.  The event provides a tool to help librarians with reader’s advisory and collection development as well as become familiar with online review resources for what can be a challenging genre.  


Each participating review site will have a project page dedicated to reviews of horror genre books that links to the other participating sites’ review pages. We will also be including a list of book recommendations that can be paired with horror movies to promote reading horror.


Participating sites in this year’s project include MonsterLibrarian.com, Horrorworld, Hellnotes, Fearzone, Horror Fiction Review, Dark Scribe Magazine, Black Glove, and Dread Central. 


The Horror Fiction Review's Halloween Horrors! page.


Dark Scribe Magazine's Halloween Horrors! page.


Hellnotes's Halloween Horrors! page.


Horrorworld's Review page for Halloween Horrors!


  Dread Central's Halloween Horrors! page.


Fear Zone's Halloween Horrors! page.


Black Glove's Halloween Horrors! page.


For our part of the Halloween Horrors! project we offer the following reviews.

In the adult Human Horror/Slasher section
Rhonda Wilson and Erik Smith both review The 13th by John Everson
Erik Smith reviews Hacks by Brian Knight
Rhonda Wilson adds her take on Personal Demons by Gregory Lamberson

In the adult Zombie section
Rhonda Wilson reviews Don of the Dead by Nick Cato

In the adult Horror Adventure/Urban Fantasy section
Rhonda Wilson reviews Charlaine Harris' Dead and Gone
David Agranoff reviews John Shirley's Bleak History

In the adult Horror Graphic Novel section
The Monster Librarian reviews High Moon by David Gallaher and Trick'r Treat by Marc Andreyko.
Bob Freeman reviews North 40 by Aaron Williams

In the adult Horror Anthologies section
The Monster Librarian reviews Hellbound Hearts edited by Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan
Rhonda Wilson takes a second look at Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O'Neill

In the young adult Supernatural section
Kirsten Kowalewski reviews Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Rhonda Wilson reviews The Dare by Brett Williams

In the young adult Werewolf section
Kakari reviews Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

In our Scary Books for Kids section Kirsten Kowalewski reviews
A Practical Guide to Vampires by Treval Vorgard
Dhegdeer: A Scary Somali Folktale retold by Marian A. Hassan
Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray
Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell
Sarah’s Little Ghosts by Thierry Robberecht



Horror movies can lead to great horror reads...

Watching a few scary movies, it is a tradition for many at Halloween, when the various TV shows are running marathons of movies that make us go eek!   This Halloween we encourage you to check out a book or two after you watch your favorite movie and share it with a friend.

If you liked the zombie movie Night of the Living Dead

   then try reading  World War Z by Max Brooks,   Dead Sea by Brian Keene,

  The Plague of the Dead by Z A Recht , or Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne

Click here for more horror book recommendations based on horror movies.

Halloween titles for children

We have been collecting a growing list of Halloween themed books for kids, take a look here




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