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It’s October…Do You Have Your Halloween Books? Here Are Ten Not to Miss!





Tales of Woe by John Reed. This unusual little book is made up of twenty-five short essays of, as described by the publisher, cultural reportage with stories ranging from a man being found in his hotel room “romantically” entwined with his bicycle to kidney-harvesting in India to Harold Simpson of Alaska, who loved his animals perhaps a smidge TOO much. To whet your appetite for what the other stories could be about, several chapter titles are:
* "A Bee to the Honey-Slut"
* "The Purple Ooze"
* "Elixir of Albino"
* "Fashionista Feast of Sisters"
and more memorable stories. Check this one out.

3 1/2 out of 5

Grave Humor by M.T. Coffin. The subtitle for this book is A Photo Tour of Funny, Ironic and Ridiculous Tombstones; and the author isn’t kidding. The four chapters in the book tell it all:

"THE LAST LAUGH"
Funny epitaphs caught on film

"TRUE TO FORM"
Snapshots of humorous and oddly designed headstones

"DUMM AND DUMMER"
Rib-tickling eternal pairings

"DIE LAUGHING"
Monuments to utterly unfortunate names

And if that’s not enough for you, go to GraveHumorBook.com for even more ridiculous tombstones. Definitely an ice-breaker type of book.

3 out of 5

 It’s October…Do You Have Your Halloween Books?  Here Are Ten Not to Miss! It’s October…Do You Have Your Halloween Books?  Here Are Ten Not to Miss!

Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci. One of my favorite children’s books, Cinderella Skeleton tells the classic fairy tale with a twist - all of the characters are skeletons. Prince Charnal, the heartthrob of the Halloween Ball, is entranced by the lovely ghoul, and when Cinderella’s entire FOOT breaks off as she escapes the ball, well…you know the story. The illustrations by David Catrow are perfect and perfectly macabre.

4 out of 5

Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate. For the literally crafty ones out there, this fun little book shows you how to make felt zombies. Yes, you read me right – felt zombies. But these are not all “cutesy” felt zombies. You can make anything from a traditional Romero-esque zombie to a Michael Jackson in "Thriller" zombie to a Day of the Dead zombie as well as the obligatory zombie bunnies, kitties and puppies. But there are many other not so traditional zombies to make, and they would be perfect for your Halloween party. Just trust me.

4 out of 5

 It’s October…Do You Have Your Halloween Books?  Here Are Ten Not to Miss! It’s October…Do You Have Your Halloween Books?  Here Are Ten Not to Miss!

- Elaine Lamkin

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