Web Crush Wednesdays: All Hallow’s Read

What is All Hallow’s Read? Well, I’d let Neil Gaiman tell you, as it was his idea, but the youtube video of his introduction is ‘currently unavailable.’ (Here’s the blog post that started it all.) Basically, one day he asked himself why there weren’t more holidays where people gave out books.

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.

Basically, All Hallow’s Read is an initiative to give kids (and other people) scary books around and on Halloween. It’s a fun way to encourage reading and get in the holiday spirit at the same time!

You can learn more about All Hallow’s Read at their website, or by following the #AllHallowsRead hashtag on Twitter.

2 thoughts on “Web Crush Wednesdays: All Hallow’s Read

  1. Hey LS,
    Are you taking suggestions for scary reads? Just found a book called Gods of The Nowhere: A Novel of Halloween by James TIpper mentioned on AHR and I’m half-way through it. Awesome! Perfect Halloween read for adults. It reads like a trip through a haunted house. This is the kind of book I’m always looking for and can never find! The thing is, just because a book is scary doesn’t always mean it’s “Halloweeny”, y’know? This one totally is.

    • Hey, thanks for commenting! I’m always on the lookout for good spooky books, thanks for the heads up! Maybe I’ll put together a recommended All Hallow’s Read list this year…

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