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It’s baaaack: Horror Week on Goodreads: October 16 - 22

Posted by Cynthia on August 28, 2017
We’re not afraid to say it: we love a good horror story. There’s something exhilarating about reading a ghost story knowing you’re safe and sound whenever you put the book down (or in the freezer).
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Here are five things authors can do to participate in Horror Week on Goodreads, which we’re celebrating October 16 – 22, 2017.

1. Take questions from readers. Like the monster under your bed, Ask the Author questions are only visible to you. Once you choose to answer the questions they become visible to your followers, and show up in your updates feed and the update feed of the person who asked the question. If you skip a question, it’s like it never existed (because nobody gets notified).

Find Ask the Author on your Goodreads Author Dashboard when you’re signed into your account. Find inspiration by reading Best Practices here.

2. Tell us a two-sentence horror story. Any author – horror writer or not – can respond to this question on Goodreads (we’re looking forward to the creative replies!).

We’re sending out an official question via Ask the Author on October 16, but start thinking about your favorite one now (find some inspiration here). Be sure to share a link to your answer on Twitter on you post it on Ask the Author to increase engagement.



3. Browse our list of top horror novels and shelve your favorites. Which books make your blood run cold? Connect with other readers over a shared passion for the macabre. Review the books you loved—just be wary of spoilers.

4. Trick or treat? Choose to treat your readers to some original content. We’re sharing five writing prompts that authors can respond to in the comment sections, on Twitter, the Goodreads blog, or in the writing section. You might also consider sharing an excerpt of your upcoming book or the cover – whatever you think will make readers scream (with delight of course)!

5. Tag social activity with #Horrorweek. This allows readers to discover your content across social channels, and gives you the chance to amplify your message to all those participating.

These five things are just a few way to get you going. There are many ways to engage with readers on Goodreads and you can find the activity that’s right for you. Horror Week is just an excuse to have a ghoulishly good time!

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message 1: by Dean (new)

Dean Kutzler Can't wait for the 2-Sentence Horror Story to begin!


message 2: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander I'm hoping to continue my exploration into the best horror novels of the 21st century.


message 3: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker I'm in an anthology due out on Sept 30th so will be using this feature! Also looking forward to the 2-sentence horror stories.
http://geni.us/EQNrj


message 4: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara I hear this year the horror stories are only going to be one sentence, but they'll be published on the front page of the Washington Post and New York Times...


message 5: by Dean (new)

Dean Kutzler 2 sentences.. ;)


message 6: by Jen (new)

Jen Frankel Two sentences is tons of space, especially if one of them is for life and they're served consecutively!


message 7: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Jen wrote: "Two sentences is tons of space, especially if one of them is for life and they're served consecutively!"

Ha! I see what you did there... :)


message 8: by C.A. (new)

C.A. Pack Nice, Jen.


message 9: by V.A. (new)

V.A. Trafton I'm not a horror writer but, I will see what twisted 2-liner I can come up with.


message 10: by T.L. (new)

T.L. Merrybard I've written one horror novel, as long as there can be a genre known as Cosy Horror. :)


message 11: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Pierre *COUGH* I think I'll be SICK that week. *COUGH*

...lol.


message 12: by Mark (new)

Mark Zeiger T.L. wrote: "I've written one horror novel, as long as there can be a genre known as Cosy Horror. :)"

T.L., "Cosy Horror" sounds intriguing! Which of your titles fall(s) under this category? I think I need to read it (them)!


message 13: by John (new)

John Pye Got my true kindle vampire story out free from today (6th until 10th Sept) but will be posting sentences come the time.


message 14: by Tim (new)

Tim Postcards from London
Launching on 10th September - so new it hasn't been reviewed yet! Can you help? Please take advantage of the first two days FREE download from Amazon, read, laugh and review... Thanks!
PS There IS a halloween story in there - Blood Moon Rising...


message 15: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Johnson This year's Horror Week will be my first - looking forward to the 2-sentence Horror Story!


message 16: by Mark (new)

Mark Dysan Looking forward to my first Horror Week! Ready to face the fears ;)


message 17: by JAKe (new)

JAKe Hatmacher I've got my "two cent"ences ready!


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

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message 19: by B.L. (new)

B.L. Norris I am looking forward to every event! The challenge of two sentence horror writing is mouth-watering.

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message 20: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Tyler I'm in for the 2 sentence horror story. I'm so wordy that this has got to be good for me.


message 21: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Gideon Perfect timing for the Oct 23 release of my next shapeshifter paranormal PRINCE OF FOOLS. What a great event!


message 22: by Janice (new)

Janice Bolick I skip Horror, but like this photo. I don't do scary and/or gruesome.


message 23: by Randi (new)

Randi Samuelson-Brown Now this sounds fun!!


message 24: by Sudha (new)

Sudha Kuruganti Looking forward to this - it's going to my first time participating in Horror Week. Sounds like a lot of fun! Especially the two sentence horror stories! :)


message 25: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon The Ask the Author question should show up on your Author Dashboard today, and we also crafted some writing prompts for some spooky inspiration. Looking forward to reading some great stories this week!


message 26: by JAKe (new)

JAKe Hatmacher Cynthia wrote: "The Ask the Author question should show up on your Author Dashboard today, and we also crafted some writing prompts for some spooky inspiration. Looking forward to reading some great stories this w..."

thanks for posting this. I looked for it this morning but it wasn't there!


message 27: by Christopher (last edited Oct 17, 2017 03:08AM) (new)

Christopher Percy For #HorrorWeek I have created a short book trailer on YouTube for my book.
It can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3hS...


message 28: by Magnus (new)

Magnus Stanke Cynthia wrote: "The Ask the Author question should show up on your Author Dashboard today, and we also crafted some writing prompts for some spooky inspiration. Looking forward to reading some great stories this w..."

aarrggghhh - Cynthia, is there a way to return to the question once I've skipped it? I foolishly thought I'd have a look at the next question first, and then went ahead and had an idea for a two-sentence mini story, but I can't seem to get back to the question. Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks


message 29: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Magnus wrote: "Is there a way to return to the question once I've skipped it? "

I'm afraid not! :(

You can use your blog though to share the story - your followers will still see it, plus they can engage with it just as they can with an ATA answer.


message 30: by Magnus (new)

Magnus Stanke Cynthia wrote: "Magnus wrote: "Is there a way to return to the question once I've skipped it? "

I'm afraid not! :(

You can use your blog though to share the story - your followers will still see it, plus they c..."


thanks for getting back, but buhuhuh. Okay, what a shame... I'll know better next time, I suppose. thanks again


message 31: by L.S. (new)

L.S. Wagen I wrote a story for Horror Week. "The Nonexistent Ghost"

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/...


message 32: by Bairapagajohn (new)

Bairapagajohn nice


message 33: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker Hey folks, that anthology I spoke about back near the top of the thread? It's #1 in horror anthologies on Amazon right now. Thanks for checking nit out. myBook.to/Scarystories


message 34: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker My two sentence story is good for "Drive slower day" here in Ireland today. https://www.goodreads.com/author/7834...


message 35: by Magnus (new)

Magnus Stanke L.S. wrote: "I wrote a story for Horror Week. "The Nonexistent Ghost"

https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/..."


Thanks, L.S. for the inspiration - I've done likewise...
Find my horror story here https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/...


message 36: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Potocar I finished and posted my first two-sentence horror story. WHEW! I'm like you, Melinda--a little wordy--so it took me some time to pare down. But what fun!!!!


message 37: by Owen (new)

Owen Banner Okay, I'm late, but I've decided to post one two-sentence horror story every day til Halloween on my Twitter feed. Hope to see you al there! https://twitter.com/OwenBanner


message 38: by Sudha (new)

Sudha Kuruganti Answered with my own two sentence horror story - it was fun! Link here: https://www.goodreads.com/questions/1... I welcome feedback. :)

Looking forward to reading all the lovely long (and short) fiction posted here. :)


message 39: by Janice (new)

Janice Bolick I...skipped...


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