October Links Roundup

October has grown ripe. We’re less than two weeks away from Halloween! I always like to do a collection of my favorite blog posts from October, but I’m doing it a bit early this year so you have time to browse before actual Halloween. Because really, what better way to get into the spirit than reading about others who are doing the same? Enjoy!

Treats from Me

The intro to my giveaway, my hashtag game, and a link to my horror selfie: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” It’s not too late to enter! Comment on any/all posts this month (including this links roundup) up through the 30th. The winners will be announced on Halloween.

3 Amazing Horror Authors and Why You Should Read Them” <– In which I give you the lowdown on why you might want to win this giveaway.

It’s the best time of year for spookin! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my very own creepy stories and poems.

These are all available for free online:
A horror story: “Something You Don’t Want to Find,” Buzzy Mag
An eerie poem: “Dragging the Waters,” Phantom Kangaroo, Issue no. 7
A short poem: “Marionette
A scary sonnet: “Scarcely Caged
Atmospheric free verse: “Shades of Blue,” Hello Horror, June 2013
Gleeful macabre: “Still, It Pulls me,” New Myths, June 2014
Rhyme for kiddos: “The Centipede,” Underneath the Juniper Tree, September 201
Free verse with bite: “The Lurking,” L.M. Stull’s blog
A wee poem for wee ones: “The Skeleton,” Spaceports & Spidersilk, September 2011
A haunting poem: “To Walk Again
Coming soon: “Jack and the Bad Man” audio from Pseudopod!

Tricks and Thrills from Other Bloggers

A good reminder, especially for those with a prejudice against the horror genre. “Writing Horror Without the Blood” by Max Booth III at LitReactor. Sample: “Fear can be a beautiful drug if you take the right amount.”

Think you know what Halloween enthusiasm looks like? Think again. Take notes from a true aficionado with “5 Tips for a Proper Haunting” and “5 *More* Tips for a Proper Haunting” by Carie Juettner.

Also from Carie, “No Tricks, Just Treats.”

Origins of Superstitions” by Kathryn Knight is a fun one.

Have little ones who want in on the fun? “My 10 Favorite Horror Books for Kids” by Carie Juettner.

This post by A.B. Davis makes me so happy! “Why I Love Fall” Who doesn’t!?

Stand-Outs from HWA’s Halloween Haunts

Definitely read this beautifully written post by James Chambers: “Sweets in the Darkness.” This really captures my nostalgic impressions of Halloween.

A pretty interesting look at similar holiday traditions around the world, from the perspective of someone who grew up in Britain: “From Soul Cakes to Bones of the Holy–Halloween European Style” by Catherine Cavendish.

A short and sweet interview with “Bram Stoker nominated poet Stephanie Wytovich.” And definitely read the beautiful Sylvia Plath poem in this post: “The Moon And The Yew Tree.”

I enjoyed this nostalgic post that viewed Halloween through the lens of different life phases: “Halloween Changes Through The (My) Ages” by JG Faherty.

Here’s an interesting take on the significance of Halloween in modern culture: “Why Halloween Is the Best Holiday” by Tony Peak. Snippet: “It, like the stock monsters associated with it, will not die.”

This is a truly thoughtful post about death and horror. Sample: “Because death is the ultimate compass for how to live your life.  Think about it long enough and you realize what’s important. It’s only by looking hard into the darkness that we see, and appreciate, the light.” “The Darkness” by J. Lincoln Fenn.

Andrew Cooper shares the coolest Halloween tradition I’ve ever heard of in “Heady Ritual.” Seriously, I might steal this.

Poetry and Fiction (Free)

The Last Night of October” (poem) by Marge Simon at Halloween Haunts

The Highwayman” (flash fiction) by David B. Riley at Halloween Haunts

Night of the Hunter” (short story) by Brian W. Taylor at Pen & Muse

“Harvest Moon” (poem) and a haiku, both in “Pumpkins and Poetry” by Carie Juettner

Horror Selfie Highlights

I adore these lovable weirdos. So of course I joined them. Click here to see yours truly!

The king himself. Stephen King

My CP Alex Langley

Jonathan Maberry I adore this guy!

My buddy A.B. Davis

Peter Straub

My buddy Carie Juettner

Ramsey Campbell

HWA President Rocky Wood

Joe McKinney

One of my favorite editors Ellen Datlow

Fellow horror poet Bryan Thao Worra

Douglas Draa (Nooo! Not the little one!)

Mike Jones

Usman T Malik (or borrow mine)

Loren Rhoads

Matt R Lohr Mwa-ha-ha!

Tony Sarrecchia

Rena Mason It’s true.

Patrick Freivald

Brian Pinkerton Word.

Martin Livings

Robert L. Fleck I do enjoy hugs.


All the links I found have officially been rounded! If you think I missed something great, feel free to share it below (Halloween/horror/autumn themes, please). Have fun browsing, and don’t forget to comment to be entered to win one of my favorite scary books!

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  • Regina Richards

    Wow! What a treasure trove. Glad you posted this early so I have plenty of time to browse and sample. Thanks!

  • A. B. Davis

    How fun! I love these roundups, especially Halloween ones with all the posts centered around fear and superstition, and reading everyone’s scary stories/poems. Yet another reason I love fall. 🙂 Thanks for the shout-outs too, Annie!

  • Carie Juettner

    Thanks for linking to my October blogs, Annie! And for the plethora of procrastination options. 🙂 I can’t wait to click them all.

    • Of course! It’s been fun seeing someone like-minded and enthusiastic this year. May you wade into a sea of procrastination and make it safely back to shore. 😉

    • Katy

      Oh my gosh, I completely agree! I found ways to procrastinate while procrastinating! 😀

  • Peggy

    This is great!!! I’m going to share it around:)

  • Julia Munroe Martin

    As you know, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror and scary stuff in general (so please exempt me from the giveaway) but I love these roundups — and I absolutely ove the horror selfies (even if some of them spooked me a little, haha). Glad to see Stephen King!

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Wow… This post is a horror gold mine, Annie! I liked the historical pieces about origins of superstitions and the one about holiday traditions. And the selfies! Priceless… Esp the the “braiiiinnnnsss” pic! Love your “spoo’in'” enthusiasm!

    • Thank you! The selfies are a hoot, aren’t they? I’ve had so much fun looking at those. 🙂

  • Thanks for including me in your links, Annie! I’m honored. Have a spooky fun October, and Halloween!

  • Loren Rhoads

    Thanks for including mine. That’s my very first selfie ever!

    • You’re welcome! I really liked the quote you used for yours.

  • Wow! So much here. Love the idea of a horror selfie.