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message 1: by Alan (new)

Alan | 5168 comments Mod
'Tis the season to be spooky!
As we enter every horror fan's favorite time of the year, your fiend-ly neighborhood mods have come up with a Halloween reading challenge.

You can sign up here: https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/...

The challenge will be to read horror stories that meet one of the listed Halloween related subjects, either in title, theme or even book cover. Those topics are:

Bat
Cat
Ghost
Graveyard
Haunted Attraction/House
Jack-o'-lantern/Pumpkin
Monster
Scarecrow
Treats
Tricks
Witch
Zombie


message 2: by Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ (last edited Oct 27, 2020 06:06AM) (new)

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin | 2258 comments Awesome!!!!!!!!! 🎃🍂🍁🤡🐺🧟‍♀️ I’m going to try to do them all or do multiples of a few of them 😳

✅🎃Bat - Bats by William W. Johnstone Cujo by Stephen King 🎃✅
🎃✅Cat - Pet Sematary by Stephen King If It Bleeds by Stephen King 🎃✅
✅🎃Ghost - Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James 🎃✅ The Shining by Stephen King 🎃✅ The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb ✅🎃
🎃✅Graveyard - Graveyard Moon by Carol Gorman Night Shift by Stephen King ✅🎃
🎃✅Haunted Attraction/House - Firelocked Funhouse (Locked House Hauntings Book 4) by Mixi J. Applebottom 🎃✅ Punch by J.R. Park
✅🎃Jack-o'-lantern/Pumpkin - The Legend of Decimus Croome A Halloween Carol by Kevin Purdy
✅🎃Monster - Dweller by Jeff Strand
✅🎃Scarecrow - The Scarecrow (Solom #1) by Scott Nicholson
✅🎃Treats - This is Halloween by James A. Moore
🎃✅Tricks - Walking After Midnight Tales for Halloween by Evan Camby Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones ✅🎃 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ✅🎃
🎃✅Witch - The Malan Witch by Catherine Cavendish Sour by Tony Evans 🎃✅
🎃✅Zombie - Zombie Fallout (Zombie Fallout, #1) by Mark Tufo

🎃🍁🍂🧟‍♀️🐺 - September 16 - October 31


message 3: by Karla (new)

Karla Kay (karlakayjenniges) | 17 comments Whoot!!!🎃❤💀👻👀YAY!!


message 4: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11077 comments Mod
Yay!!


message 5: by Chuck (new)

Chuck Sounds like a perfect chance for Stephen King’s IT


message 6: by Sonja (new)

Sonja | 215 comments How fun!


message 7: by Kasia (new)

Kasia (kasia_s) | 3529 comments Mod
Looking forward to it :)


message 8: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 6158 comments Mod
Love it!


message 9: by Marie (last edited Sep 19, 2020 06:27PM) (new)

Marie | 3661 comments Cool! I was going to do my own personal challenge but I will combine it with this one! You mod "fiends" are awesome! :)

I am only do three and I am reading:

Ghost - The Ghosts of Jasper Bayou by Jeff DeGordick

Graveyard - The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea

Haunted Attraction/House - The Haunting of Shadowlands Manor by Tabatha Cross


message 10: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3173 comments Mod
Can't wait to see what books everyone will read.
It helps me expand my already overloaded tbr! woohoo!


message 11: by Renee (new)

Renee (lilpinkerbelle) | 1 comments I’ll try


message 12: by E.B. (new)

E.B. Lunsford | 6 comments This sounds great! I think I have a zombie book on my reading list already. Can't wait for more book recommendations!


message 13: by Krystal (new)

Krystal (krystallee6363) | 771 comments Yessssss I frikkin love Halloween


message 14: by Norma (new)

Norma | 10 comments I’m not really sure what to do, but I would like to participate


message 15: by Jess (new)

Jess Frias | 2 comments Am I the only one having a hard time accessing the link?


message 16: by Alan (last edited Sep 17, 2020 02:37PM) (new)

Alan | 5168 comments Mod
Norma wrote: "I’m not really sure what to do, but I would like to participate"

The challenge will go live after midnight tonight. You can then go to it by clicking the link at the start of this thread to sign up.
You pick how many books you think you'll read, then create a shelf on your My Books page with 2020 Halloween Season Reading Challenge (or whatever works for you) as the title. Then, when you read a book that matches the criteria, check the box for that shelf under the dropdown menu from the Want to read/ read button.

I hope I explained that right. If not, anyone else feel free to step in and explain it correctly. :D

You can also come back to this thread to talk about the books you're reading or get ideas from other peeps.


message 17: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Dante (emilydeiblerwriter) | 6 comments Sounds like fun!


message 18: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Rose (aroseinmktg) | 5 comments Sounds really fun. Thanks for the hard work as always, mods.


message 19: by Norma (new)

Norma | 10 comments Thank you


message 20: by megs_bookrack (new)

megs_bookrack | 17 comments This sounds like the perfect way to kick off the season!


message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura | 57 comments Yay! Yay! I could not be happier! 😈👻🎃

This is awesome! Made my day!


message 22: by Dawn (last edited Oct 08, 2020 02:06PM) (new)

Dawn (sewergirl71) | 77 comments Sounds great!!
So far mine are:
Bat: Bats by William W. Johnstone
Cat
Ghost: Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James
Graveyard
Haunted Attraction/House: Devil in the Darkness by Archie Roy The House on Abigail Lane by Kealan Patrick Burke
Jack-o'-lantern/Pumpkin
Monster
Scarecrow: Kingdom of Shadows & Sorcerer Novella Double-Shot #3 by Greg F. Gifune
Treats
Tricks: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Witch
Zombie
I added 5 for the challenge, but hope to read more if I can ;)


message 23: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 497 comments Thank you, mods! How fun! 🎃


message 24: by Elke (last edited Oct 31, 2020 04:34AM) (new)

Elke (misspider) | 617 comments Nice! I'm trying 3 books:

Ghost: Das Gespenst Von Canterville by Oscar Wilde Das Gespenst Von Canterville
Graveyard: Ghoul by Brian Keene Ghoul
Monster: Memento Monstrum by Jochen Till Memento Monstrum (vampire, yeti, fishmonster, mummy, werewolf)
Witch: The Malan Witch by Catherine Cavendish The Malan Witch
Zombie: Hollow Kingdom Das Jahr der Krähe by Kira Jane Buxton Hollow Kingdom: Das Jahr der Krähe (I think crow is a nice Halloween subject as well)
Zombie: Zombie Dash by Mark Matthews Zombie Dash


message 25: by Ginger (new)

Ginger | 3419 comments This sounds awesome!! Can’t wait. 🎃👻!!!


message 26: by Jason (new)

Jason | 444 comments Yep, should encourage myself to get to some of those books on my to read shelf


message 27: by Alabama (last edited Oct 31, 2020 02:24AM) (new)

Alabama Vee (alabamavee) | 114 comments Yay best reading time of year, I have signed up for 5

1. Ghost
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
2. Haunted House
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
3. Witch
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
4. Zombie
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
5. Witch
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
6. Trick
In the Tall Grass by Stephen King


message 28: by Valkyrie (new)

Valkyrie Franco (helliecreed) | 2 comments Super excited!!


message 29: by Jakob J. (last edited Sep 16, 2020 03:22AM) (new)

Jakob J. | 4 comments I plan on reading one to meet each criteria. If anyone is looking for recommendations, here are my favorites from each category that I have read previously:

Bat:
The Freakshow by Bryan Smith
Reaching, but there is a bat creature in it at one point.


Cat:
Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Ghost:
Widow's Point by Richard Chizmar

Graveyard:
Ghoul by Brian Keene

Haunted Attraction/House:
Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt
Story: October Film Haunt: Under the House

Jack-o'-lantern/Pumpkin:
October Dreams II by Richard Chizmar
Story: The Black Pumpkin by Dean Koontz

Monster:
The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Scarecrow:
Valley of the Scarecrow by Gord Rollo
(Not highly recommended, but the only scarecrow novel I've read).

Treats:
Death Makes a Holiday A Cultural History of Halloween by David J. Skal
(Non-fiction, if that counts).

Tricks:
The Samhanach by Lisa Morton

Witch:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Zombie:
The Rising (The Rising #1) by Brian Keene

I'll update which ones I pick this year, if anyone is interested. Look forward to seeing what you all have in store.


message 30: by Jason (new)

Jason | 444 comments My List;

Ghostland by Duncan Ralston - Ghost & Haunted Attraction
Sour by Tony Evans - Witch
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson - Witch
The Bell Witch An American Haunting by Brent Monahan
An Uncertain Place (Commissaire Adamsberg, #8) by Fred Vargas - graveyard on cover


message 31: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Motbey | 4 comments Awesome House of Leaves here I came


message 32: by Karen (last edited Oct 29, 2020 06:20PM) (new)

Karen (hmssparky) | 178 comments Awesome! Not sure if I can actually read 5, as October brings both some needed company and a trip, but I'll try!
- Scarecrow
- Monster
- Treats/Tricks
This is Halloween by James A. Moore This is Halloween by James A. Moore I just started this, and so far, it has satisfied both the Scarecrow and the Treats/Tricks! (Hmmm, are they 2 separate items?) (Finished!)

-Jack O'Lantern / Pumpkin
The Orangefield Cycle Omnibus by Al Sarrantonio Hallows Eve by Al Sarrantonio will be my 2nd and possibly 3rd book. I've read the first book (last Halloween), so I've started on "Hallow's Eve," the second book in the omnibus. (And I've finished the 2nd book!)

- Ghost
- Graveyard
- Haunted Attraction/House
- Witch
The House by the Cemetery by John Everson The House by the Cemetery by John Everson will satisfy those 4 categories! (Finished!)

- Cats
The Cats by Nick Sharman The Cats by Nick Sharman fulfills the "Cats" category! (Finished!)

-Monster
Project Nemesis (Nemesis Saga, #1) by Jeremy Robinson Project Nemesis by Jeremy Robinson will probably be my last book, fulfilling the "Monster" category. I doubt I'll get to the Bats, but oh well, I can't do everything & take a trip down south! (Finished!)

Although I've read the 5 books I pledged, I'll continue to read this book, because I've still got 1 category unread:
- Bats!!!
Bats by William W. Johnstone Bats by William W. Johnstone.

Yahoo!!! I conquered the Halloween Challenge!!!


message 33: by Kit (new)

Kit (kitgower) | 40 comments Yes! This is awesome - thanks to the ghastly fiends who put this together 😈🤡


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin | 2258 comments I might reread This Is Halloween for mine, Karen. I loved it back in 2017. We shall see


message 35: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11077 comments Mod
Jason wrote: "My List;

Ghostland by Duncan Ralston - Ghost & Haunted Attraction
Sour by Tony Evans - Witch
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson - Witch
[bookcover:The Bell Witch: An American ..."


Jason, i’d Be willing to buddy read Sour and The Year of Witching if your interested.


message 36: by Jason (new)

Jason | 444 comments Yeah deffo on the buddy read Latasha....


message 37: by Jason (new)

Jason | 444 comments Oops bit keen


message 38: by Jason (new)

Jason | 444 comments Should finish kin today, and I've git sour comming from Amazon should get it next week. So could start the year of witching first


message 39: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3173 comments Mod
For a scarecrow book, I recommend Kingdom of Shadows by Greg F. Gifune


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin | 2258 comments Latasha wrote: "Jason wrote: "My List;

Ghostland by Duncan Ralston - Ghost & Haunted Attraction
Sour by Tony Evans - Witch
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson - Witch
[bookcover:The Bell Witch..."


Add me to the Sour buddy read! I’ve been meaning to read that!!


message 41: by Jason (new)

Jason | 444 comments Cool


[on hiatus] The rockabilly werewolf from Mars | 484 comments I'll probably try this. I recently found a copy of Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber , so I guess I have the witch category down.


message 43: by Brandon (new)

Brandon | 2 comments Does a Shark count as a Monster?


message 44: by Scott (new)

Scott  Neumann (scottneumann) | 429 comments Karen wrote: "Awesome! Not sure if I can actually read 5, as October brings both some needed company and a trip, but I'll try!
This is Halloween by James A. MooreThis is Halloween by [author:J..."


'This is Halloween' is a great set of short stories. I highly recommend everything by James A. Moore. Hope you enjoy it.


message 45: by Scott (last edited Sep 16, 2020 10:44AM) (new)

Scott  Neumann (scottneumann) | 429 comments I picked 3 for the challenge...

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix , by Grady Hendrix for ghosts/haunted house
Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2) by Mira Grant , by Mira Grant. for zombies
Primal Terra by Tim Meyer , by Tim Meyer. for monsters

If I should complete these I'm going to do 2 more that I have waiting.


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin | 2258 comments Scott wrote: "Karen wrote: "Awesome! Not sure if I can actually read 5, as October brings both some needed company and a trip, but I'll try!
This is Halloween by James A. Moore[book:This is Halloween|36313942..."


I agree with you, Scott! That’s why I’m doing a reread after Karen’s post reminded me of it. I love his fantasy series too. I just forgot the name!!


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin | 2258 comments Scott! I wanted to use Horrorstor for this challenge. I didn’t even think it could be used for ghost!! I was looking ghost in the title and couldn’t decide 😂🤣


message 48: by Scott (new)

Scott  Neumann (scottneumann) | 429 comments Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ wrote: "Scott wrote: "Karen wrote: "Awesome! Not sure if I can actually read 5, as October brings both some needed company and a trip, but I'll try!
This is Halloween by James A. Moore[book:This is Hall..."


'Seven Forges' is the name of his first fantasy series, you're right it is fantastic one of my favorite fantasy series.


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin | 2258 comments Scott wrote: "Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ wrote: "Scott wrote: "Karen wrote: "Awesome! Not sure if I can actually read 5, as October brings both some needed company and a trip, but I'll try!
[bookcover:This is Ha..."


Yes!!! That’s it!! I have the paperbacks. Well I did the other day at any rate 😃


message 50: by Connie (last edited Oct 16, 2020 07:42AM) (new)

Connie Anne Kikta | 4 comments Yes I'm In 9/16 - 10/30

Bat
Cat
Death by Coffee (Bookstore Cafe Mystery, #1) by Alex Erickson
Cat on cover. Finished 10/4
Ghost
The Whisper Man by Alex North
Some supernatural stuff happens. Finished 10/2
Graveyard
Fashions Fade, Haunted Is Eternal (A Haunted Vintage Mystery, #7) by Rose Pressey
Murder takes place in a graveyard. Finished 9/17

Haunted Attraction/House
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Wedding takes place on a Haunted Island. Finished 9/20

Jack-o'-lantern/Pumpkin
Monster
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A character turns out to be a centuries old monster. Finished 10/10
Scarecrow
The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #19) by Michael Connelly
The villian is called The Scarecrow. Finished 10/6
Treats
Death Al Dente (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery, #1) by Leslie Budewitz
MC owns a store and sells sweets. Finished 9/30
Tricks
The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
People and things are not what they seem. Finished 9/18
Witch
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
A character is called the Black Witch cause she always wears black and she's evil. Finished 10/11
Zombie


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