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Creepy Books to Read This Halloween!

Oct 27, 2015

Who doesn't like a scare from time to time? Halloween is the perfect time of year to explore your creepy side; light a few candles, listen to the wind and rain pounding against your windows, and curl up with one of these frightening stories! 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book combines a suspenseful story with a collection of bizarre real photographs collected by the author. In fact, Ransom Riggs actually started with the vintage photographs, which feature children in supposedly supernatural settings, and built a story around them. The story is peppered with imaginative characters and revolves around a boy's journey to discover the truth about his family and himself. 

The real vintage photographs in this book might keep you up at night!The real vintage photographs in this book might keep you up at night!Courtesy of Quirk Books

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

In this collection of scary stories, told in comic book form, Emily Carroll creates haunting, Gothic-style tales reminiscent of old school fairy tales. Critics have praised the beauty of the illustrations as well as the truly creepy nature of the stories told. This is pretty scary stuff, so make sure you're ready for it. If you don't like feeling afraid, this particular collection might not be right for you! 

Through the Woods won the British Fantasy Award in 2015! Through the Woods won the British Fantasy Award in 2015! Courtesy of Emily Carroll/Margaret K. McElderry Books

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

This novel, which features a teenage girl who finds out she has a gift for helping spirits cross over to the other side. Unfortunately, this gift can have dark consequences, as Sunshine soon discovers. The story is full of creepy imagery, ghosts, and demons, not to mention personal issues like family and friend relationships. As a character, Sunshine is relatable and appealing, and you won't be able to stop reading until you figure out what's really going on in her haunted house! 

Bonus: the author has developed a web series to go along with the book!Bonus: the author has developed a web series to go along with the book!Courtesy of Weinstein Books

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

You may have heard of Neil Gaiman - he is well known for writing fantastical, supernatural tales, some for children and some for adults. This particular story is certainly scary; it includes murder, ghosts, and witches. The novel follows a young boy growing up in a graveyard, with ghosts for foster parents, teachers, and even friends. It's not a book for the faint of heart, but critics have praised its originality and the enchanting quality of the writing, so if you're too scared, it's definitely worth a read! 

Check out this story of a boy being raised by ghosts!Check out this story of a boy being raised by ghosts!Courtesy of Middle Grade

A word of advice: some of the above books really are quite scary, so you might want to make sure you're not home alone during a power outage on Halloween night while you're reading them. We wouldn't want you to have nightmares! Happy Halloween reading!

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SnowflakeAngelKitten
As I said, what you think is entirely up to you. I think soon I'll make a story saying my self-confidence. :rainbow
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heckinmemes
i have a feeling it's bad that i think your life is great compared to mine
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Eri-Prime
"SnowflakeAngelKitten" wrote: Lot's of people in my life know that I'm energetic, usually happy, I fangirl a lot, and I have a smile all the time. But do you really think my life is only like that? Well, let me enlighten you on my struggles. During school: 6:00 A.M. Wake up 7:15 A.M. Be ready to leave 7:30 A.M. Go to school and be chided about my forgetfulness 7:35 A.M. Get on the bus 7:36 - 8:10 A.M. Get by when everyone around me made me feel overly uncomfortable 8:15 A.M. Go to locker Some time after locker time - 8:29 A.M. Get stressed out by guys in my class that antagonize me 8:30 A.M. - 3:15 P.M. Get by with everyone giving me drama I do  not want in my life 3:16 P.M. Go and get on the bus Time on the bus - 3:30 P.M. Feel uncomfortable with end-of-the-day action 3:31 P.M. Go home to start on homework Time afterwards Be bombarded with responsibilities that are hard to keep up with 9:00 P.M. Go to sleep During Summer: Wake up Take a shower Get breakfast Read Role-play Dinner Watch NCIS Role-play From waking up - Role-play Session #2 Have brothers and dad that keep on giving me stress Have older brother tell me about every single terrible thing that is worth discriminating me about Go to bed Have an insane and weird dream As you can see, I have daily struggles. Here are what keeps me with a smile and a happy attitude: Have a love for being around others Reading Role-playing Fangirling Optimism Easily humored This is my life. Whether or not you think that it's worth sharing is up to you. Just wanting to let y'all know. Have a great day! Wow, what a life. Hope you don't get stressed out anymore! 5.00: Wake up 6.00: School 7.15: Locker, chat with my pals(girls) and buddies(boys). 7:30: Super talkative class. 8.00: FUN! Awesome teachers, except for my math teacher. (He is terrifying) 9.30: Recess and get your phone confiscated. Woooo. 10:00: back to class. Urgh. 3.00: HOME SWEET HOME! Get jumped on by a dog and greeted by a cat. 4:00: Finally get the dog of me. 4.15:homework with a cat on my lap. 5.00_7.00: Blog, forums, hang out, walk the dog with my buddies. 10.00: sleep *Fireflies plays in background* Yeah, that's my 'boring' life.
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SnowflakeAngelKitten
Lot's of people in my life know that I'm energetic, usually happy, I fangirl a lot, and I have a smile all the time. But do you really think my life is only like that? Well, let me enlighten you on my struggles. During school: 6:00 A.M. Wake up 7:15 A.M. Be ready to leave 7:30 A.M. Go to school and be chided about my forgetfulness 7:35 A.M. Get on the bus 7:36 - 8:10 A.M. Get by when everyone around me made me feel overly uncomfortable 8:15 A.M. Go to locker Some time after locker time - 8:29 A.M. Get stressed out by guys in my class that antagonize me 8:30 A.M. - 3:15 P.M. Get by with everyone giving me drama I do  not want in my life 3:16 P.M. Go and get on the bus Time on the bus - 3:30 P.M. Feel uncomfortable with end-of-the-day action 3:31 P.M. Go home to start on homework Time afterwards Be bombarded with responsibilities that are hard to keep up with 9:00 P.M. Go to sleep During Summer: Wake up Take a shower Get breakfast Read Role-play Dinner Watch NCIS Role-play From waking up - Role-play Session #2 Have brothers and dad that keep on giving me stress Have older brother tell me about every single terrible thing that is worth discriminating me about Go to bed Have an insane and weird dream As you can see, I have daily struggles. Here are what keeps me with a smile and a happy attitude: Have a love for being around others Reading Role-playing Fangirling Optimism Easily humored This is my life. Whether or not you think that it's worth sharing is up to you. Just wanting to let y'all know. Have a great day!
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1PhanTrash
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"JazzyRox" wrote: "Eri-Prime" wrote: TRUST ME. There used to be more.   Really? I Just looked it up and Here is what i found....: At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million (some estimate 300 million or even 600, suggesting how imprecise population estimates of early historical periods can be), with a growth rate of under 0.05% per year. A tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas  it had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion , the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987). During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion. In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now. Because of declining growth rates, it will now take over 200 years to double again. So, There are definitely more people on earth now...huh?  Bravo
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