Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Basket Full of Halloween Treats

• Mystery Fanfare offers a list containing hundreds of Halloween-associated mysteries, novels and short stories—mostly cozies. Included among the bunch are The Pumpkin Killer, by Stacey Alabaster; Wycliffe and the Scapegoat, by W.J. Burley; Night of the Living Thread, by Janet Bolin; Ghostly Murders, by P. C. Doherty; Hallowe’en Party, by Agatha Christie; and Tricks (an 87th Precinct Mystery), by Ed McBain.

• Meanwhile, The Guardian’s David Barnett has dug up 10 books set in and around graveyards—totally appropriate for this season. (Hat tip to Campaign for the American Reader.)

• And LitReactor looks back at the history of Halloween in fiction.

Olivia Rutigliano argues, in CrimeReads, that Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, Dracula, is also “an incredibly complex, fascinating mystery.” Well, I for one am convinced.

Here’s a brief, 1897 critique of Stoker’s book.

• Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review suggests half a dozen novels for folks who are interested in reading about witches, while National Public Radio isn’t altogether spellbound by Ben Blacker’s new “angry witch comic,” Hex Wives.

• Mystery*File resurrects a 1964 TV episode, “Halloween with the Addams Family,” guest-starring Don Rickles.

• For its All Hallows’ Eve installment, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater site has reposted a 1980 show titled, intriguingly, “The Evil Eye.”

• It was 81 years ago tonight that The Mercury Theatre of the Air first broadcast “The War of the Worlds,” based on H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel of that same name and narrated so frighteningly by Orson Welles.

• In his blog, A Shroud of Thoughts, Terence Towles Canote chooses his “Five Favourite Foreign Horror Films.”

• Are you in the mood for Edgar Allan Poe? reprints his short story “The Black Cat,” which appeared originally in the August 19, 1843, edition of The Saturday Evening Post.

• CrimeReads hosts a wide variety of fine new Halloween-related features, among them Erica Wright’s “The Perks of Living in a Haunted House,” Zach Vasquez’s list of “20 Essential Films That Blur the Line Between Horror and Noir,” Lisa Black’s “5 Scary Movies with Invaluable Lessons for Crime Writers,” and Emily Stein’s picks of “8 Spooky Podcasts to Listen to This Halloween.”

• Speaking of podcasts, check out The Bowery Boys’ complete collection of its “Ghost Stories of Old New York” Halloween specials.

• Merriam-Webster provides a history of trick or treating.

• Finally, Canote is back with more Halloween cheesecake.

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