TA’s Halloween Book Bingo Reading List



  • Read by Candlelight or Flashlight – E.T.A. Hoffmann: Das Fräulein von Scuderi (Mademoiselle de Scuderi) (novella)
  • Magical Realism – Isabel Allende: La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits) (novel)
  • Witches – Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters (or possibly Terry Pratchett / Neil Gaiman: Good Omens) (novel)
  • Genre: Horror – Edgar Allan Poe: The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather (short story); alternately E.A. Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart or The Masque of the Red Death (also short stories)
  • Black Cat – Ngaio Marsh: Black as He’s Painted (novel) (black cat central to the story and therefore also black cat on the cover of the stand-alone paperback edition)
  • Diverse Authors Can Be Spooky Fun – Possibly Edwidge Danticat (ed.): Haiti Noir (short story anthology); otherwise TBD
  • Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses – Henry James: The Turn of the Screw (novella)
  • Young adult horror – Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost (novella)
  • Scary Women (Authors) – Daphne Du Maurier: Jamaica Inn (novel)
  • Reads with BookLikes Friends – Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles (novel)
  • Grave or Graveyard – Edgar Allan Poe: The Cask of Amontillado (short story); alternately Ngaio Marsh: Grave Mistake (novel) or Umberto Eco: The Prague Cemetery
  • Genre: Mystery – Peter May: The Blackhouse (novel)
  • Free Space – Dashiell Hammett: The Dain Curse (novel)
  • Gothic – Horrace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto (novel)
  • Creepy Crawlies – Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Speckled Band (short story)
  • “Fall” into a Good Book – Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher (short story)
  • Locked Room Mystery – Gaston Leroux: Le mystère de la chambre jaune (The Mystery of the Yellow Room) (novel)
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night – Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (novel)
  • Set in New England – Shirley Jackson: The Lottery (short story); alternately: Dennis Lehane: Moonlight Mile (novel)
  • Full Moon – James D. Doss: White Shell Woman (novel) (full moon on the cover, and the protagonist / investigator is called Charlie Moon); alternately Dennis Lehane: Moonlight Mile
  • Vampires vs. Werewolves – Terry Pratchett: Feet of Clay (Night Watch novel; female werewolf one of the main characters & running gag involving a vampire)
  • Supernatural – Arthur Conan Doyle: The Sussex Vampire (short story); alternately Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse (novel)
  • Classic Horror – E.T.A. Hoffmann: Der Sandmann (The Sandman) (short story)
  • Pumpkin – Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (short story)
  • Set on Halloween – Agatha Christie: Hallowe’en Party (novel)

There are some short stories and novellas and also some rereads in this; I can typically only take straight-up horror in small doses, and given that I’ll have very little spare time in the next couple of months, I’m only going to have a reasonable shot at blacking out my card at all if I include a few faster reads.  That said, I’ve tried to include as many novels and as many new-to-me books as seemed feasible under the circumstances.  So … let the games begin!



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        1. Great, we’ll love to have you!

          OK. So you’ll need to sign into BookLikes (www.booklikes.com) — it’s a book blogging community — and once there, sign into the book bingo discussion group: http://booklikes.com/groups/show/688/booklikes-bookish-bingo-club

          Since you’re new to the BookLikes crowd, you may want to do a very short introductory post that’ll show on your BookLikes blog page (you’ll automatically have one when you sign up — you can tweak it to your liking pretty much any way you please, including using CSS and Js, or just leave the default design in place).

          If you let me know when you’ve signed up, I can also give you a shout-out in a thread we’ve specifically created for the purpose. My blog name on BookLikes is “Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books” (http://themisathena.booklikes.com/)

          Welcome in advance to the BookLikes crowd!

          1. No problem! There’s a thread entitled “Welcome! Say hello here!” (http://booklikes.com/thread/2556/welcome-say-hello-here) — you may want to check in there and briefly introduce yourself so everybody will become aware of you. The way BookLikes works, people only see (and, hence, comment on) your posts if they actively choose to follow you (unless they’re randomly assigned to follow you, but we haven’t found that to work very well) — so to actually be able to join the conversation, you have to do *something* to make folks notice you in the first place. If you don’t, Booklikes can look like a pretty lonesome place; unfortunately the system, as designed, doesn’t work very well in bringing people together.

            In addition, you could post a short “hello” message in the “Active Reviewer Bloggers” thread (http://booklikes.com/thread/2025/active-reviewer-bloggers) in the “Find New Booklikes Blogs to Follow” group (http://booklikes.com/groups/show/344/find-new-booklikes-blogs-to-follow). That’s a group a lot of people on BookLikes are members in; we created it specifically so as to make sure as many people as possible who are active reviewers actually get to join the conversation.

            ETA: I see a couple of people have started to follow you — to see their posts in turn, you’ll have to follow them back (apologies if I’m explaining stuff that you already know).

          2. Just FYI — I don’t know whether you saw this post: http://obsidianblue.booklikes.com/post/1459382/joint-post-mm-and-obd-talk-halloween-bingo-2016-general-rules-and-faqs. You probably should follow both hosts of the bingo — blog names: Moonlight Murder and Obsedian Black Death — so as not to miss anything important if you’re still planning to participate. Anyway, if you’re still in, MM and OBD have asked that you confirm you’re in in the comments section of the above-linked post. Hope to see you soon on BookLikes!

          3. Ok, I’m having some difficult navigating the site and trying to leave a comment on that post from my mobile phone. But I’ll leave a comment today. Thanks!

          4. I know, BL isn’t exactly mobile-friendly (yet — we’re hoping). Anyway, as I said, try to follow as many people who are participating in the bingo as possible — it’s the crowd that is overall the most active anyway, so you’ll be in great company that way.

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