For the Love of Spooks: Poems, Free Books, and All Hallow’s Read

It’s almost October! I had to erase like six exclamation points from that! As many of you know, it’s my favorite time of year. Last year I did a book giveaway to celebrate All Hallow’s Read, and I liked it so much I’m going to do it again. The idea of this “tradition,” started last year by Neil Gaiman, is to give the gift of scary books. What better books for me to give away than the two I raved about the most this year?


Yep, you guessed it! I’m giving away one free copy each of It by Stephen King and Bird Box by Josh Malerman. As a bonus, if I get over forty comments this month (not including my own), I’ll also give away a copy of Ghost Story by Peter Straub! The details of the contest are below.

When thinking about what I would post this month, I realized that I’m way behind on reprinting my published poems here for you to read. (I try to make as much of my work as possible free or cheap and easy to get your hands on!) Do I have enough scary/eerie/spooky poems published to warrant a month’s worth? You betcha. 😀 So stay tuned for “The Hadal Zone,” “The Lurking,” and “Light and Liquor.” Just in case poetry really isn’t your thing, also thrown into the mix will be my guest post for the Horror Writers Association blog series Halloween Haunts. I’ll be sharing my 10 tips for creating a wicked Halloween costume.

The Rules
You must comment on one of my blog posts during the month of October to be entered to win. You can be entered once per post, so if you comment on every post that month you’ll have the best chances. To be valid, comments must be made before Halloween day: 11:59pm CST, 10/30/2015. Winners will be selected through a random drawing generator and announced on Halloween. Winners will be able to choose their book preference in the order they were drawn. To receive your book, you’ll need to email me your address for shipping. I’m reserving the right to only ship within the US just in case shipping to Timbuktu costs $200, but I’ll ship anywhere that I can within reason. If you’re too far away to ship to, I will gladly gift you an ebook version if you win. That’s it! Pretty simple; I just want to share the joy of spooky books.

[Note: If you would like to comment but don’t want to be entered in the giveaway, just drop me a note and I’ll take you out of the drawing.]

In the meantime, you can browse the Halloween category of all my old blogs. ‘Tis the season!

Best of luck and happy hauntings to you all. Love,

Your Friendly Neighborhood Mistress of the Macabre ♥

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  • Regina Richards

    Can’t wait to read your Poetry posts. Definitely puts me in an October mood. 🙂

  • Peggy

    I love this one & especially posting the poems!

  • Julia Munroe Martin

    I love this tradition and I wish you a happy favorite time of year!!!!!! (YES I will use six exclamation points) Looking forward to your poetry but you may exclude me from the contest as I would be too scared to read IT.

    • Thanks Julia!!!!!! =)~ I know you don’t like the scary stuff. If you change your mind, or decide to try Ghost Story, just let me know!

  • I’m crazy about Halloween season too! I’m looking forward to reading your horror poetry. Very cool! 🙂

  • Cy Campbell

    Booooooo said in my best ghost voice lol

  • ‘Tis the season, finally! Just put a hold request on a haunted house novel to kick off the festivities. Here’s hoping it’s nice and spooky!

    • How fun! Which one are you getting? And did you ever try The Woman in Black? I feel like we talked about that a long time ago but can’t remember what you decided. Thanks, Lura. I hope you have a great season!

      • I requested The Good House by Tananarive Due. I did read The Woman in Black and thought it was pretty good! More of a gothic feel than outright horror, I thought, but it definitely creates a good atmosphere for this time of year.

        • I haven’t heard of that one. I’d love to hear about it later if you like it! And yes, I think I do remember us talking about TWiB now. I agree about the gothic feel — very atmospheric.

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  • Carie Juettner

    Oooo! Looking forward to the poems. 🙂 And I’m happy you’re hosting another spooky giveaway!

  • jclementwall

    YAY! I love October at Annie’s place! (Practicing my commenting, so I make sure I’m in the running.)

    • Aw! Haha, I love calling my blog “Annie’s place.” Thanks, j!

  • I love this new tradition of All Hallows Read! Looking forward to reading your work this month 😉

  • A. B. Davis

    Yay! So excited about October, your poems, and the giveaway!

    • <3 <3 <3 (That's one for you and one for each baby! I'm so happy to see your smiling avatar 'round these parts. 🙂 I hope everything is going well!)

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