My Favorite Scares—For Magical Words


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Halloween is my second-favorite holiday, right behind Christmas. Decorations, costumes, scary stuff, candy—hello! What’s not to love!

As bloody as my books sometimes become, I have to admit I’m not a fan of slasher flicks, but I do love a good scary movie. Maybe that’s why I’m not huge on ‘goreno’—because I’m not in it for the gross out, I’m in it for the edge-of-the-seat suspense.

So I love movies like The Woman in Black and most of Stephen King’s adaptations, and I cut my teeth on classics like Psycho and Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock. Give me a good episode of Twilight Zone, Outer Limits or Night Gallery and I’m happy as a maggot in a bucket of entrails.

spook-houseI’ve also really enjoyed Scare-o-winds, the Halloween-decorated and horror-themed version of our local big amusement park. When my girls were in their early teens, I had a blast taking them and their friends through all the mazes and haunted houses and having the ‘monsters’ jump out at us. I’ve always been curious about some of the other Halloween attractions and might check them out someday, although I think I’ll steer clear of the more extreme ones that allow actors to chase and grab you. That’s a little too real!

One of the other things I love about Halloween is that it’s the week for my annual Days of the Dead blog tour! I write about ghosts, necromancers and haunted places, so it only makes sense for me to do a blog tour in the week when you get All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos AND Halloween together!

So tell me—what are your favorite things about Halloween? Any haunted attractions you want to recommend? Stories about your favorite haunted place or Halloween adventure? I want to know!


My Days of the Dead blog tour runs through October 31 with brand new excerpts from upcoming books and recent short stories, interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more! Lots of giveaways and contests! Plus, I’ll be including extra excerpt links for my stories and for books by author friends of mine. You’ve got to visit the participating sites to get the goodies, just like Trick or Treat! Click on the contest graphic above for a chance to win free books!  Get all the details about my Days of the Dead blog tour here:


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Book swag is the new Trick-or-Treat! All of my guest blog posts have links to free excerpts—grab them all!

Read a free excerpt from Reunion by John Hartness –

Read free excerpts from all of Falstaff book’s new releases!

Perfect for Halloween! A free excerpt from my Deadly Curiosities short story Spook House

Did you see the video for Dark Haven and Dark Lady’s Chosen?

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