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Scary Stories We Love

October 31st, 2016 (06:55 pm)
artistic

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: Stuck in a Glass Elevator by The Myriad

In the days leading up to Halloween, during conversations about costumes, candy, and celebrations for the coming spooky holiday, I asked authors, friends, and teen readers alike:

What was your favorite scary book as a kid?

Here are some of their responses.

"Well, I was always a fan of Where the Wild Things Are...that was one of my favorites year round. As I got older, I sorta skipped kids' books and went right into the old Doc Savage pulp reprints. After my pulp phase, I discovered Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and there was no going back. I found my love in horror and there was no looking back. That book scared the crap out of me. From there I discovered Stephen King, devouring Carrie and Salem's Lot, but it was The Shining that again reduced me to a quivering mass...but I loved every second!" - Tom Sniegoski

"I LOVED Baby-sitters Beware, The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #2 by Ann M. Martin. The girls were stalked by a creepy dude. So unsettling for a BSC book!!!" - Courtney Summers

"As a kid: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. As a teen, I read memoirs about tragedy, which scared me plenty!" - Courtney Sheinmel

"Ghost Cat by Beverly Butler changed how I felt about ghosts, cats, and Wisconsin farms. Spooky and a little quirky, which is my favorite flavor of spooky. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn was suggested to me by my bookish friend in grade school. What I remember most about this book are the fires, the liars, and the skeletons. I'm sure I'm making it sound less chilling than it was for me at the time. It scared me. Also, Carrie was scary. I was the first Stephen King book I ever read. I was in high school and I think it's the only frightening novel I read at that age. I metabolize horror very slowly and read it sparingly. My husband is the scary writer. I'm the funny one." - Kristen Tracy

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. It gave me nightmares." - 15-year-old reader

"There was this book about a kid who was visited by monsters every night and the monsters broke his toys. Every night. Until one night when he asked them not to do it anymore, and then they fixed his toys. I can't remember the title." - another 15-year-old reader (If anyone is familiar with this book and knows the title/author, please share the info in the comments below!)

"By far, the scariest book I remember as a young reader was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. After all, what could be more horrifying than rolling around the countryside embedded deep in the dark, cloying, moist tunnels of an enormous piece of fruit while surrounded by huge insects? If you don't suffocate in there, you run the risk of a tunnel collapse or that the enormous spider might decide to sting you and wrap you in its web. And even if all else goes well, what if the peach stops rolling with the opening facing down? Buried alive. I still shudder at the thought of that book... I was also frightened by Shel Silverstein's foot." - Eric Luper

How about you, gentle reader? What was your favorite scary book as a kid? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Want to check out some of my favorite scary stories? Looking for more books to pick up this Halloween? Here are some booklists I created that you might enjoy:

Go Gothic
Monster Mash
Vamping It Up
Mind Readers and Ghostly Visitors
Teen Mystery and Horror Books

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Best Books of October 2016

October 31st, 2016 (08:23 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Reckless Heart by Morgan St. Jean

October 2016: 6 books and scripts read

It's been a busy month! Many of my friends had book releases and new endeavors to celebrate, so I updated many author websites, including those for Christopher Golden, Kristen Tracy, Eric Luper, Courtney Sheinmel, Thomas E. Sniegoski, and Toni Gallagher. I also helped launch the website for River City Writers, a company offering book-and-writing-related events, writing retreats, and editorial and consultation services.

We also held the 9th annual Teen Book Drop, an international, interactive event encouraging people to "drop" books in public spaces for other lucky readers to find and enjoy. TBD was created by readergirlz and utilizes the hashtag #rockthedrop

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My river runs to thee by Emily Dickinson

October 28th, 2016 (06:00 am)
grateful

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: From Loving You by Mandy Moore

My river runs to thee:
Blue sea, wilt welcome me?

My river waits reply.
Oh sea, look graciously!

I'll fetch thee brooks
From spotted nooks,-

Say, sea,
Take me!

- Emily Dickinson

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A charm invests a face by Emily Dickinson

October 21st, 2016 (06:00 am)
grateful

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: Echo by VÉRITÉ

A charm invests a face
Imperfectly beheld,-
The lady dare not lift her veil
For fear it be dispelled.

But peers beyond her mesh,
And wishes, and denies,-
Lest interview annul a want
That image satisfies.

- Emily Dickinson

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Let me not mar that perfect dream by Emily Dickinson

October 14th, 2016 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Spring Forward (Fall Back) by Service Unicorn

Let me not mar that perfect dream
By an auroral stain,
But so adjust my daily night
That it will come again.

- Emily Dickinson

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We outgrow love by Emily Dickinson

October 7th, 2016 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: 17 by Mandy Moore

We outgrow love like other things
And put it in the drawer,
Till it an antique fashion shows
Like costumes grandsires wore.

- Emily Dickinson

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#rockthedrop October 14th!

October 6th, 2016 (07:56 am)

Are you ready to #RocktheDrop on October 14th, 2016 in support of Teen Read Week? We are collectively leaving our books in the wild for eager readers to find, devour, and share!

Want to join in the fun? Here's how you can get involved:

* Follow @readergirlz on Twitter and tweet #rockthedrop
* Print a bookmark (see the images below) and put it into a book (or 10!) On Friday, October 14th, drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) Lucky finders will see that the book is part of the drop!
* Post about it! Save one of square images below and post it on your blog and social networks.
* Snap a photo of your drop and post it at the readergirlz Facebook page and/or tweet the drop @readergirlz with the hashtag #rockthedrop

Visit our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter for more news and pictures before, during, and after the event!

Right-click on the images below to save them, print them, and share them!



Print the bookmarks below, place them in your books, and be ready to leave the books someplace special for a happy reader to find.





Learn more about #rockthedrop aka Operation Teen Book Drop.

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Best Books of September 2016

September 30th, 2016 (09:32 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure by The Weakerthans

September 2016: 10 books and scripts read

As summer turned to fall, I often had my nose in a script. A wide variety of genres were represented this month, from laugh-out-loud comedies and musicals to thrillers and mysteries and dramas based on historical events. I have always liked reading different types of stories - different formats, different themes, different styles. This holds true for what I watch and what I listen to - There are so many different forms of stories available on film and TV, in theatre, music, and books. So many voices, all with stories to tell.

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Poetry Friday: Falltime by Carl Sandburg

September 30th, 2016 (06:00 am)
optimistic

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Song: Sweet Dreams by Joseph

What is there for you in the birds, the birds, the birds, crying down on the north wind in September, acres of birds spotting the air going south?
Is there something finished? And some new beginning on the way?

- from Falltime by Carl Sandburg

Read the poem in its entirety.

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Poetry Friday: Baby Face by Carl Sandburg

September 23rd, 2016 (06:00 am)
peaceful

Current Mood: peaceful
Current Song: White Flag by Joseph

White moon comes in on a baby face.
The shafts across her bed are flimmering.

Out on the land White Moon shines,
Shines and glimmers against gnarled shadows,
All silver to slow twisted shadows
Falling across the long road that runs from the house.

Keep a little of your beauty
And some of your flimmering silver
For her by the window to-night
Where you come in, White Moon.

- Baby Face by Carl Sandburg

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