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The Spirit of Hallowe’en

Posted in Archive with tags , , on October 29, 2013 by Occult Detective


Last night, while I was out of town for something of a clandestine writers meeting, my ten year old son regaled his similarly aged cousins with a Hallowe’en poem he wrote for the occasion. Needless to say, I couldn’t be more proud. And you know what, I think Neil Gaiman would be too. It is what All Hallow’s Read is all about — the sharing of stories.

allhallowsread2Connor is a naturally gifted storyteller. That he put so much thought into this and shared his gift with others at this time of year warms my heart. He has a bright (and dark) future ahead of him.

allhallowsreadSo, my friends, take this as a challenge. It is All Hallow’s Eve after all. Share your scary stories with your loved ones. Buy scary books and give them as gifts or write something dark and wondrous of your own… but share these stories. It plays to the very Spirit of Hallowe’en.

There’s just two days till Hallowe’en… Let’s make this year’s All Hallow’s Read something special.

Connor already has.

Read or Bleed – A New Tradition for Hallowe’en

Posted in Archive with tags , on October 3, 2012 by Occult Detective

If these walls could talk, they would recite a Neil Gaiman story.

And this is Neil’s library. I dare say, it rivals my own…
but just by a smidgen.

Anyway, to the point.

Hallowe’en is fast approaching and Neil has spearheaded a new tradition for everyone’s favorite holiday: All Hallow’s Read. You’ve heard me champion it before and I will continue to do so. It’s so brilliantly marvelous and simple, sublime and infectious. Want to take part? Not sure how? Here were Mr. Gaiman’s initial thoughts on the subject, as posted on his LiveJournal back in 2010:


I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.
I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands — new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe’en. Make their flesh creep…
Give a scary book.
If you don’t know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you’re giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don’t tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)
That’s it. That’s my idea.
Scary book. Hallowe’en.
Who’s with me?
I sure as hell am. How about you?

All Hallows Read

Posted in Archive with tags , on October 24, 2011 by Occult Detective

All Hallow’s Read

Posted in Archive with tags , , , , on October 28, 2010 by Occult Detective

Neil Gaiman was on a plane, his mind surely chewing over some deliciously dark and clever story idea, when a stray thought took root.  “You know, there aren’t enough traditions that involve giving books.” And from this simple kernel has sprung All Hallow’s Read (#AllHallowsRead on twitter). So here’s his line of thinking:  “I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.” Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? How could I not take part in something like this? It shall henceforth become a new tradition, one as necessary as carving pumpkins or digging up graves out at the old Hog’s Back boneyard.

So here’s how we’re going to do it here on The Occult Detective. You’re going to respond to this post and tell me what your favorite part of Hallowe’en is. Maybe it’s the candy, or the costumes, or the horror movies, or, maybe — just maybe — it’s because you know that the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. Regardless, all you have to do is email your response to and you are entered to win a free book from yours truly.

What am I giving away? How about Fresh Blood, that gnarly little anthology from Burning Effigy Press featuring my story “Mourn Not the Sleepless Children”? Hell, I’ll even sign it for you. And to make the deal even sweeter, I’ll inscribe a bit of flash fiction inside and drop an arcane sigil on the page while sitting in a candlelit room inside one of the most haunted locations in all of Indiana. Who knows, maybe I’ll be sending you something more than just a free book?

I will select a winner at one minute before the stroke of midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.

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