Sunday, 2 October 2016

Top 5 Best Book Covers: Halloween Edition!

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A Season with the Witch:
The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
by J. W. Ocker
Pub. Date: October 4, 2016

Blurb: Edgar Award-winning travel writer spends an autumn living in one of America's spookiest tourist destinations: Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts, may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history—the Salem Witch Trials of 1692—transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town—and its season happens to be Halloween. Every October, this small city of 40,000 swells to close to half a million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex Street. For the fall of 2015, occult enthusiast and Edgar Award–winning writer J.W. Ocker moved his family of four to downtown Salem to experience firsthand a season with the witch, visiting all of its historical sites and macabre attractions. In between, he interviews its leaders and citizens, its entrepreneurs and visitors, its street performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, creating a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness.  

Billy's Thoughts: This is a freaky cover art that would be perfect for a horror flick.

Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween
by Evan Camby
Published Date: August 31, 2016

Blurb: Named one of Suspense Magazine's Best Books of 2014, Evan Camby's "Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween" is a collection of six short horror stories guaranteed to send chills up your spine. Read them by a bonfire on a chilly autumn night, or under a blanket by candle light.

Whatever you do, don't look behind you.


The Schultz family's outing to an apple orchard goes terribly awry on the hayride from Hell.

Hat Man

Graduate student Bernice is plagued by night terrors. As the horrible visions begin to invade her waking hours, she must fight for her sanity...and her safety.

A Good Samaritan

Newlyweds Jake and Rita Wechsler take a journey down winding country roads in the Hudson River Valley, where danger lurks at every turn.

Into the Abyss

A group of young girls decide to play with a Ouija board and discover that it might be more than just a game.

Walking After Midnight

When childhood friends Teddy and Joseph decide to revisit one of their old childhood haunts, the old town cemetery, they stumble upon true evil and must rely on each other to survive.

Trick & Treat

Halloween enthusiast Shelley decorates and buys candy for the big night, hoping for lots of Trick-or-Treaters, but she quickly learns the meaning of the phrase "Be careful what you wish for."

Billy's Thoughts: I'm a sucker for haunted house stores, so the creepy house on the cover gets my attention.

Little Blue Truck's Halloween
by Alice Schertle
Illustrator: Jill McElmurry
Pub. Date: July 5, 2016

Blurb: Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal friends for a costume party. Lift the flaps in this large, sturdy board book to find out who’s dressed up in each costume! Will Blue wear a costume too? 

With the delightful rhymes and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of festive costumes, fall colors, and plenty of Halloween fun! 

Billy's Thoughts: This is a colorful cover that will surely appeal to younger readers.

Halloween: The History of America's Darkest Holiday
by David J. Skal
Pub. Date: June 15, 2016

Blurb: Acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal explores one of America's most perplexingly popular holidays in this original mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis. Skal traces Halloween's evolution from its dark Celtic history and quaint, small-scale celebrations to its emergence as mammoth seasonal marketing event.

Skal takes readers on a cross-country survey that covers remarkably divergent perspectives, from the merchants who welcome a money-making opportunity that's second only to Christmas to fundamentalists who decry Halloween a form of blasphemy and practicing witches who embrace it as a holy day. He also profiles individuals who revel in this once-a-year occasion to participate in elaborate fantasies. Their narratives, combined with the author's cultural analysis, offer a revealing look at an intriguing aspect of our national psyche.

Billy's Thoughts: The creature on the cover looks like a cross between Pumpkinhead and Jack Pumpkinhead.

Halloween Honey
by Emery Carlisle
Pub. Date: May 5, 2016

Excerpt: It was the last day of October. Halloween. The Eve of All Saints. Trick or treat. The wind blew gently ... and to the imaginative mind it was an evil breeze around the city of Chicago. This was the night when the devil in every man and the witch in every woman would make itself seen.

How true. Especially at one particular party being given at a huge mansion on the outskirts of town. Couples from scattered areas of the city had bought very special costumes, feeling honored ... and lustily thrilled at being invited to this special affair.

Some of the men denied themselves sex for a week before the party in order to be in hungry, tiptop shape for this one. Women had masturbated in contemplation of the wild proceedings promised. For this was a party thrown by Norman Gibbs!

Norman Gibbs. A sort of Halloween mystery himself, this man. Perhaps the very devil, draped in human skin.

Billy's Thoughts: I couldn't find a fifth Halloween cover that I really liked, so I settled for the one with the hot chick wearing a devil costume.


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