Phew…. I’ve pulled it off. For the last month I’ve been viewing, reading and selecting books across the paranormal, occult, horror, ghost and mystic genre’s to create a Halloween book guide for you. At times I wanted to throw my computer across the room as I compiled the guides but now they’re ready and I love them. If you are a Halloween junkie check them out – there’s something for everyone here
Paranormal Romance Book Guide – 12 of the Best
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Musings on Halloween
I have to admit I have a strange fascination with Halloween – I guess I’m oddly ambivalent, both superstitiously nervous and yet loving some of the book genres related to it. When I first thought of creating these guides I was thinking about paranormal romance, witches and ghost stories (which I enjoy) then I realised I would also have to include horror (which I don’t enjoy at all) – they are all books within the category “Books for Halloween”. Guess which section made me want to throw my computer out the window?
Halloween is a strange thing – an oddly American phenomena that has slowly crept around the world. When I was a child, growing up in England, we knew what Halloween was, but we didn’t do anything to celebrate it except watch the same old horror films that our 4 TV channels (oh the joys of the 80’s) pulled off the shelf each year. Now it’s a big deal – last year I was in the UK over Halloween and my poor sister was worn ragged creating costumes for her 4 kids, organising treats and decorating the house. It felt odd to me, having lived overseas for 16 years – my view of the UK stopped in the mid 90’s, but it seems (despite my absence) things have moved on.
Egypt, where I now live, doesn’t celebrate Halloween at all. The other day I was trying to explain the concept to someone here in my pidgin Arabic – pretty certain he now thinks the UK have a party with ghosts and zombies invited – he certainly stepped away from me as if he was worried my madness may pollute him. I’m not hopeful that Halloween will catch on here any-time soon. But it is a good excuse to dive into this genre and enjoy a little paranormal loving…. I must admit its my guilty pleasure.
What are your favourite books for Halloween? Did I open your eyes to any new ones? I’d love your feedback, so drop me your thoughts in the comments section below.
And Finally – Halloween Marketing Concept
Last Halloween I saw a great marketing promotion done by some authors who write paranormal books and it inspired me so I wrote a post on it – check it out here. I admit I become ridiculously excited by new approaches to marketing (goes back to my consulting days) and combine that with people helping each other – what could be better?
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