This blog has been dead for OVER A YEAR. I have resurrected it for this very important annual event:


The time from, say my birthday (mid-August) through early November is, in my mind, the Halloween Season. And we're in the thick of it RIGHT NOW!!

I've always loved Halloween, and all things horrific and terrifying. All places have their ghost stories, but Chicago is unique. Just like everywhere else.

We have John Dillinger running for eternity outside the Biograph. We have the legend of Al Capone and his mob. Resurrection Mary. The devil baby of Hull House. Clarence Darrow walking and pondering and pondering and walking behind the Museum of Science and Industry. We have Batchelor's Grove and Cuba Road. We have haunted restaurants that may not be haunted anynmore becaues the new owners went and gutted them then reopened as yuppie joynts (NOT THAT I'M BITTER, YUPPIE TEQUILA BAR!!!), and we have urban legends about gang members following you home from the gas station if you flash your headlights at them to alert them that they're driving with their lights off. We have Cabrini Green, the Robert Taylor Homes and the Henry Horner Homes. We have the Candyman. We have the abandoned slaughterhouses.

And I. Want. More.

SO! Send me your suggestions for the scariest books and stories you've ever written. It doesn't have to be fiction. It doesn't have to be horror in the classic sense. I just want a book to read on Halloween that will worm it's way into my brain, causing me to lose sleep until Thanksgiving.

I HAVE been reading on my own, a story a day in fact, since late September.

But it's SO much more fun when PRIZES are involved! Whomever sends me the scariest suggestion will be sent a treat.

And for those of you on FaceBook - I'll be shipping out smaller treats just for guessing where the quote came from - one a day. No Googling!! I'll know if you've cheated with the help of my familiar, Earl:

The last four winners were:

House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski (Hemlighet Forfattaren)
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (Kelly)
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty (Papa Schu)
The Sineater - Elizabeth Massey (Nepi)

Suggestions thus far (the list gets shorter every year!! HELP!!):

The Watcher - Charles MacLean (Nepi)
The Passage - Justin Cronin (Papa Schu)
Vigil - Robert Masello (Shannon)

The Fall - Guillermo del Toro (Werewolf Boy)
Going Rogue - Sarah Palin (Shivvs)
Waste Land: The Savage Odyssey of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate
- Mike Newton (Nickname TBD); "or the Book of Revelations."
The Black Dagger Brotherhood
series - JR Ward (NikkiM)
"The End of the Party" - Graham Greene (Anonymous)
I Am the Cheese - Robert Cormier (ThunderKitten)
The Boss - Mike Royko (Mash)

OrangeMoJoJo's List of Banned ('cuz I've read 'em) Books:

Anything by Laurell Hamilton
Anything by Thomas Harris
Anything by Nathanial Hawthorne
Anything by Stephen King
Anything by Dean Koontz
Anything by HP Lovecraft
Anything by Robert McCammon
Anything by Edgar Allen Poe
Anything by Anne Rice

American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Battle Royale - Koushun Takami
Blindness - Jose Saramego
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
Brave New World - Adolf Huxley
"Carmilla" - LeFanu
Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons
"The Casting of the Runes" - MR James
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
The Company of Liars - Karen Maitland
"Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde" - Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula - Bram Stroker
Dracula, The Undead - Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
The Family - Ed Sanders
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Ghost Story - Peter Straub
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Harvest Home - Thomas Tryon
Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
The Hot Zone - Robert Preston
House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski
The House on Haunted Hill - Shirley Jackson
The Housing Boom and Bust - Thomas Sowell
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
The Keep - Paul Wilson
Kraken - China Mieville
The Last Coin - James P. Blaylock
"Miriam" - Truman Capote
The Monk - Matthew Lewis
"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs
The Moonstone - Wilke Collins
Necroscope - Brian Lumley
The Omen by David Seltzer
The Other - Thomas Tryon
The Owl Killers - Karen Maitland
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
The Ruins by Scott Smith
Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dineson
Shadowland by Peter Straub
Sineater - Elizabeth Massey
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
The Song of Kali - Dan Simmons
The Strain - Guillermo del Toro
Swan Song - Robert McCammon
The Terror - Dan Simmons
The Trial - Franz Kafka
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer (don't get me started.)
Vathek - William Beckford
Weiland - Charles Brockden Brown
The Woman in White - Wilke Collins
World War Z - Max Brooks
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte