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Undying love... the scary kind.

A lovelorn ghost has one Halloween night to find the girl he abandoned at the altar and get her to love him again.


Hugh and Lily.
Truly, down deep, they’re in love. So what’s the problem? She won’t forgive him for abandoning her at the altar so she’s moving on and marrying a new guy. That and Hugh’s been dead for three years. But this is true
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Paperback, 259 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by Nate Gubin (first published October 19th 2011)
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Nate Gubin
Oct 24, 2011 Nate Gubin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Am I allowed to love my own book? Well I do, but it's a complicated love.
Nikki Frankel
This was a spooky, but emotional ride. There was a combination between supernatural elements and real human emotions. I felt a strong connection to the main character, which made me care about the story and truly wonder what would happen next. This is a fun book that might just get you thinking about the differences between the dead and the living. It also might scare you about what happens after you die, but that's normal right? I would recommend this book to just about anyone- but be warned th ...more
Dany
Although the story was quite slow at first, once you get into it you don't want to stop reading.

This is a story about Hugh, a guy that had the inconvenience of dying the day he was going to get married (originally, he was running away, but then decided to go back) and now has to spend eternity in the utmost misery in the Kingdom of death. However, all that changes when he is told by his friend Ana that maybe, MAYBE, there's a chance for him to see his bride again, and -if she really loves him-
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Needlefingers
I'll admit, in the first few pages in, I thought, "What is this?" Then I got into the groove. And it was fantastic.

I want to see Tim Burton make it into a movie.
Debbie
Wow, I loved this crazy book.
It's how I imagine the love child of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Tim Burton, Matt Groening and a Harlequin romance novelist with a psychedelic drug addiction would be.
How else can I describe a book that has Hallowe'en, Life, Death, Love, Loss, hatred, happiness, alcoholic vagrants, narcissistic psychotic madmen, jealous bridesmaids, weddings, the horrible vents of hell, cowboy reapers, and pegasi all within its pages??
Bravo, Mr. Gubin, bravo.

p.s. Don't skip the prolog
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Kira
Hugh has been dead for three years. He is unhappy with his undead state and wants to be alive again. He discovers that there is a chance for that to happen if he can go back to the world of the living for one night on Halloween and see if his fiancé, Lily, whom he ditched at the alter the day he died, still loves him. If she does then he will once again return to life and love. In his way are the leader of the underworld, Crain, some grim reapers, a firey pit of doom and Lily's new fiancé.

I real
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Marti
Hugh never had a whole lot going for him but now that he's dead he has even less. He got cold feet the day of his wedding, drove the way out of town, came to his senses and turned back. But then in his haste to get back in time, he collided with another vehicle in a fatal crash. After having been dead 3 years, he discovers that the dead may petition to return for one night and there is the slightest chance that he could get his life and love back. This had a nice swiftly moving plot, great chara ...more
Patricia
I loved it! When I began reading it I thought it began on a weird note. The more I read the more it pulled me in. It had a different pull than any other book I read. Very cute and it makes you believe in true love and a happily ever after. I recommend this book to anyone who would like something new and fun to read. I notice I'm suppose to disclose I won this book here on goodreads. To be honest this does not change my review in the slightest. I'm honest in my opinion and free or not if it sucke ...more
Corey
Basically this whole book is one entire WTF. Sure, there are good bits. There's some funny humor, it deals with Halloween and I really did like two of the main characters (Morton and Hugh) but other than that, bah. Even free... I just can't recommend it. There are three different essential narrators and only one of them makes sense, the first two... I'm still a bit lost on. The story is disjointed and bumbling. I like some aspects of the story and I DID finish it so I suppose that is worth somet ...more
Kat Lebo
Halloween is for Lovers
by Nate Gubin

I picked this book based on the title, having never read any other works by the author and having never heard anything about the book other than the Amazon.com write-up. It was an easy and quick read. Now I just have to decide whether I like it or not!

It certainly was quirky, as the title suggested. It was fitting for the season, as I read it Halloween week, there were only a couple of grammar or proofreading slips (1 used 4 times), the characters were nicely
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Penelope
While completely silly and deliberately farcical and over-the-top at times, I enjoyed the witty humor of this book about true sacrificial love. It was written with tongue firmly in cheek and if you can willingly suspend disbelief and enter this world of hell, zombies, and Halloween, you'll apprecite this cute, whimsical love story.
Trudi Jorda
It starts off very very odd- and then gets weirder! It's a love story and a horror story combined and would no doubt make a fantastic movie! Even the hardest of hearts will cry at the end and turn to mush-- but it is an amazing story of love gone right! :) Read it with a hankie!
Ali
perfect for a quick Halloween read. The way the describe the kingdom of the dead seriously makes u feel depressed....excellent book for putting ur emotions threw the paces.... :) cant say to much becuase i dont want to give away the ending. :)
Vicki Krivak
I downloaded this book so I'd have something to read over
Halloween. It was a cute story, fun to read. A very quick read.
I did find it to start out slow and it lagged in some parts but
overall it was a pretty good read. Good for Halloween.
Christine Skowera smith


I picked this book for my Halloween read. It was different, but I liked it. It had some gore, but not bad. Fun to have a love story between the dead and the living.
Terry
I liked this story. Pretty twisted. Made me giggle and even tear up a couple times.
Angie
I thought this book was a riot! I love the off-the-wall elaborations and snarky humor.
Hasien
This was very funny. I loved the quirky characters.
Zuzana
Christopher Moore style Halloween romp.
Angie
I absolutely loved the premise for Halloween is for Lovers. Hugh has been dead for a little while, but he can't let go of his love for Lily. Then there's a posting for a haunting audition: whoever is selected, gets to return to the land of the living for one night. Hugh isn't very scary, but he's desperate to get back to Lily and explain why he left and tell her how much he still loves her. Well, his audition goes abysmally, but the judges overhear him talking about true love. They decide to sen ...more
Jennifer
Also posted to Jen in Bookland

This book was fun to read. I wasn't sure what to make of it at the start, but then it turned into this ridiculous fun over the top silly book. It starts off kind of dark and creepy and I loved it. Very Wes Anderson like. I really enjoyed the description of the underground land of the dead, even though it is sad to think that everyone goes to this sad no hope no happiness just drudge through the afterlife place once you die. It was an interesting world and I liked th
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Rachel
Love really does conquer all

Hugh and Lily, torn apart by a freak car accident, are given one more chance at a life together. But will Hugh have the fortitude to literally keep himself together for one night? Or will the Reapers win and drag him to a death worse than death? Will Lily go through with marrying Steve? Will Morton ever find happiness again? And will the little boy in the Boba Fett costume have a complex about scary screams he hears every Halloween?
D.S. Williams
I love anything supernatural or involving ghosts and ghoulies, but unfortunately, Nate Gubin's book just didn't grab me. The premise started off well enough, with the protagonist caught in the world of death, having been killed whilst making his way back to his fiancee, whom he'd ditched at the altar earlier in the day. It was an interesting premise, but I found the story dragged on for too long and whilst I enjoy 'weird', there was ultimately too much weirdness in this story. The story regardin ...more
Julia
Oct 10, 2014 Julia added it
I didn't finish this book, and I really hate not finishing books. This started out super intriguing, but it lost its way when the crux of the plot began. The description is great but he gets too caught up in the details of minor characters. Sometimes that ruined the flow of the story and I just couldn't take it anymore. I may come back to it later, though.
CateyLeo
This book was a bit Christopher Moore, a bit Tim Burton and a bit of uniqueness all the author's own. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started, but found myself amused by the plot (which was sillier than I expected).

A few inconsistencies- there's a gloomy sort of feel for the first part of this book, before Hugh heads back to the land of the living to find Lily. Once he is back in the real world, the plot turns very silly and humorous, which threw me a bit. I liked the humor, but felt
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Rachel
I won a free copy of this book through first reads. Thanks!

The thing I loved most about this book was the description of the Kingdom of the Dead. In my mind, it looked like something that could have come out of a Tim Burton film, which is awesome.

A book like this, about love continuing after death, could be serious and depressing. But with a bumbling dead fiance, an insane (and I do mean insane) new fiance, an alcoholic sidekick, a bitchy maid of honor, and an opera-loving gatekeeper, it was any
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Helena
When I first downloaded this book I was so excited to read it that it was hard for me to wait until it was closer to Halloween. Now that I've read it I wish I had never spent the time on it.

The descriptions were great, the idea behind to story was cute, and it really had its moments, but overall this book was just too slow to get into. It kind of reminded me of when I bought Titanic on VHS. Id always slop to the second tape where the action is and skip all the fluffy stuff in the front. Sure it
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Xondra Day
May 25, 2014 Xondra Day marked it as to-read
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Jo-Ann Murphy
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways. I was not sure what to expect.

The introduction was hilarious so I had a lot of hope. the beginning of the book was a bit slow but I was very glad that I hung with it.

It is definitely different and not in the least predictable. There were lots of surprises and quite a bit of humor. By the end of the book, I was really enjoying bot the stories and the characters.
Squibart
So if you want a tale that requires great suspension of disbelief with a vastly different approach to romance you may enjoy this not so profound book. This is a truly absurd story, but one with charm. Well as much charm as a zombie, suicidal drunk, and crazy millionaire can ooze. I gave it an extra star for originality. After all I kept on reading just to see what ludicrous plot twist came next.
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Nate Gubin is a writer, comedian and handyman living in Boston. He’s performed improv in Los Angeles and Boston and his remodeling skills have been featured in FineHomebuilding Magazine. He’s written several screenplays and has a dark comedy in development. When he's not busy writing, goofin’ or hammering he likes to go on long bike rides and then drink craft beers.Halloween For Lovers is his debu ...more
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