What if instead of asking what characters are running toward, we ask what they’re running from? What deep fears motivate our characters? Perhaps this focus on fear and character is even more helpful when looking at the power of the quiet novel, which is more likely to focus on intense, everyday anxieties. A character may not be able to describe what love they wish to move toward, but they are aware of a deep-seeded unease that pushes them away from the status quo.
Go on, inject a little fear into your writing…
I love that this list of ghost stories for babies and toddlers is entitled Hallo-wean. Nice one, Scottish Book Trust.
SBT also have great suggestions for scary books that are safe for 8-11s, and books that are much more frightening than their film counterparts!
I have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart… as told via random gifs.
9 DIY feminist Halloween costumes, in case you’re still looking for inspiration! (I love The Notorious RBG!)
They’re easy to please, just feed them some brains,
They’ll sit quietly hour by hour,
Waiting for you to replenish their bowls,
But if you don’t, it’s you they’ll devour.
Bless… Darren Shan wrote a children’s poem! About er… brain-eating zombies.
These literary jack-o-lanterns are so good, they look Photoshopped. But they aren’t. I know.
There’s more to scary stories than goblins, ghouls, blood and your general horror — here there be monsters of many kinds, existential and literal, extraordinary and everyday. And remember: like beauty, fear is in the bloody eye of the beholder.
What the society’s mission means is that its members are “a community of like-minded people who . . . enjoy the history, culture, & poetry associated with the lives and deaths of poets, their gravesites, and their poetry related to death,” and who are committed to “documenting and resurrecting the dead poets of America” by visiting and archiving as many poets’ graves across the country as they can.
Not strictly Halloween themed, but here are ten poems about death. Very cheery!
Fancy a Halloween-y desktop wallpaper? You’re welcome.
This is super cute. Thanks to Alice T for sharing!
That’s my [Halloween] jam! Every year.
…well, that and THIS.
Have a great weekend!
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