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!