As a bonus, this post ties in perfectly with the Scholastic Book Club series that began earlier today.
Pictured is the cover illustration for Ghostly Fun, which was written by Ann McGovern and published in 1970 by Scholastic Book Services.
It's a book of goofy games, jokes, riddles and puzzles. The kind of wonderfully punny jokes my daughter loves. There are sections titled Ghostly Giggles, Funtastic Fortunes and The Disappearing Demon Game. "You'll laugh your head off," states the text on the back cover. "Hours of grisly fun for all boy-demons and girl-ghouls."
An Amazon reviewer named David wrote the following about this Scholastic book in 2007: "I read it every day in the 1st grade and recently purchased it again. It brings back all the fun of being a little kid who liked to play ghosts and haunted house!"
For grown-ups, here are some other fun and spooky links and items I've come across recently:
- Author J.W. Ocker is well into his 2014 Halloween blogging, a yearly tradition. His must-read posts so far on Odd Things I've Seen include The Witch Grave of Yazoo City, St. Louis Exorcist Sites and Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.
- Nine Of The Most Terrifying Two-Sentence Horror Stories Ever Told (Do not read right before bed.)
- Looking for something different when it comes to longer ghost stories? Check out Tartarus Press of Yorkshire, England. It publishes works by both modern authors and classic ghost-story and weird-fiction writers such as Arthur Machen, Hugh Walpole and Oliver Onions. They also have a twice-a-year journal devoted to supernatural fiction called Wormwood.
- Even more spooky book choices, focusing on the past: Varney the Vampire; or, The Feast of Blood, written by James Malcolm Rymer and newly edited and annotated by Curt Herr; Written with My Left Hand, by Nugent Barker; and The Night Season: Lost Tales from the Golden Age of Macabre, edited by Duane Parsons.