Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Week: Roald Dahl and a Spooktacular Giveaway!

Posted by Connie

It's Monday, October 25th, and today begins our Halloween week countdown! Every day this week, we'll be comin' at you with a Halloween themed post and lots of suggestions for readings to add a bit of horror to your week.

I'm kicking things off today with one of my favorite horror stories --

Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter." 

Photo courtesy of Alana
Ever since I read this gem in middle school, it has stuck with me... perhaps even some nights when I haven't wanted it to. Dahl centers his story around an all-too-eager housewife, sitting and waiting, counting down the minutes until her husband gets home. But when he has some bad news for her, this housewife goes a little beyond nutty.

The story is pretty short, very simple, and incredibly twisted. It's that weird horror story that by the (perfect) final line, you are feeling simultaneously uncomfortable and oddly pleased. If you have a penchant for the strange, this story will certainly satisfy.

And guess what? You can read the full text here for free.

PLUS this week, in honor of Halloween, we here at the Blue Bookcase are hosting a giveaway as part of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! What, you ask, are we giving away?

Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems (hardcover)

including all your favorites such as:

The Murder in the Rue Morgue
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Black Cat
The Cask of Amontillado
The Pit and the Pendulum (one of my favorites)
The Raven

and many, many, MANY more!

Here's how to enter:

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The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Halloween, October 31st

International submissions welcome

Check out these other great giveaways, too!