11 Scary Book Recommendations from Neil Gaiman

neil-gaiman:

harpercollinschildrens:

It’s that time of year again! All Hallows Read, started by Neil Gaiman, is a month dedicated to sharing the magic of a good scary book. And books last much longer than candy.

So here’s a list of Neil’s favorite scary books for young readers. Find more recommendations here!

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The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones

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The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

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Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

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Krabat (AKA the Satanic Mill) by Ottfried Preussler

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The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

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Aunt Maria by Diana Wynne Jones

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Something Wicked Comes This Way by Ray Bradbury

And of course, WE don’t think it gets much better than these two classics from the master storyteller himself…

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The Graveyard Book

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Coraline 

Join us this month and give a scary book for Halloween! 

www.allhallowsread.com
#allhallowsread

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riotingfeminist:

babyslime:

invisiblelad:

life-in-neon:

iamsexuallyvoracious:

enjolrasexual:

cuttlefishculling:

forestambassador:

Player 2 is a game about conflict and healing by Lydia Neon.
Play Online
Why Try It: Example of a game that centers “exoludic” player experience (that is, interactions which take place outside of the game’s programmed rules structure); can be a difficult but helpful experience for the player in voicing feelings around unresolved interpersonal conflict.
Time: Ten minutes.
How to Play: Use the mouse to click links and the keyboard to enter information into the text fields. At any time, you can click the “esc” link at the bottom of the screen to stop playing if you need to.
More Info: Player 2 was made for the “Your Enemies Don’t Have To Die For You To Win” #CreativeConflictJam, an event where participants created games that centered alternative modes of conflict resolution. It was created in Twine, a free tool for creating hypertexts, interactive stories, and text-based games.
You can find Lydia Neon at her website or on Twitter.

this is literally amazing and incredible, and anyone who’s ever had problems articulating their negative feelings or expressing them or if you need validation or even if you just have an extra 10 minutes you NEED to play this

This is insanely cool.

I need to send a personal thank you card to ms lydia neon. 10 minutes probably actually helped more than 3 asshole therapists.

:) I’m just glad to know it helped.

This may have made my morning.

I am in the middle of doing this right now, and while at first I was really skeptical, the more I clicked through the more it helped. Some personal shit in my life came to a huge head today, and when the, "And as for xxx, I love them. They used to love me" passage came up in the game I bawled so hard I started shaking and had to take a break. I did not expect me to reach me that way. Really, this is a therapeutic and valuable thing. Do it.

oh my god.

riotingfeminist:

babyslime:

invisiblelad:

life-in-neon:

iamsexuallyvoracious:

enjolrasexual:

cuttlefishculling:

forestambassador:

Player 2 is a game about conflict and healing by Lydia Neon.

Play Online

Why Try It: Example of a game that centers “exoludic” player experience (that is, interactions which take place outside of the game’s programmed rules structure); can be a difficult but helpful experience for the player in voicing feelings around unresolved interpersonal conflict.

Time: Ten minutes.

How to Play: Use the mouse to click links and the keyboard to enter information into the text fields. At any time, you can click the “esc” link at the bottom of the screen to stop playing if you need to.

More Info: Player 2 was made for the “Your Enemies Don’t Have To Die For You To Win” #CreativeConflictJam, an event where participants created games that centered alternative modes of conflict resolution. It was created in Twinea free tool for creating hypertexts, interactive stories, and text-based games.

You can find Lydia Neon at her website or on Twitter.

this is literally amazing and incredible, and anyone who’s ever had problems articulating their negative feelings or expressing them or if you need validation or even if you just have an extra 10 minutes you NEED to play this

This is insanely cool.

I need to send a personal thank you card to ms lydia neon. 10 minutes probably actually helped more than 3 asshole therapists.

:) I’m just glad to know it helped.

This may have made my morning.

I am in the middle of doing this right now, and while at first I was really skeptical, the more I clicked through the more it helped. Some personal shit in my life came to a huge head today, and when the, "And as for xxx, I love them. They used to love me" passage came up in the game I bawled so hard I started shaking and had to take a break. I did not expect me to reach me that way. Really, this is a therapeutic and valuable thing. Do it.

oh my god.

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guzusuru:

Undertale by Toby Fox is a thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience from start to finish. It has witty dialogue, a fresh battle system (bullet hell plus a Monkey Island-esque system means ALL ENTERTAINMENT), fantastic music, and is brimming with atmosphere.
Not to mention replayability (tons). And it’s only a demo!? Take a half hour and give it a whirl.

guzusuru:

Undertale by Toby Fox is a thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience from start to finish. It has witty dialogue, a fresh battle system (bullet hell plus a Monkey Island-esque system means ALL ENTERTAINMENT), fantastic music, and is brimming with atmosphere.

Not to mention replayability (tons). And it’s only a demo!? Take a half hour and give it a whirl.

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One Creepypasta Masterpasta to rule them all

homosaiyans:

Because while there are great places like creepypasta.com and the creepypasta wiki, actually digging through the slop to find the gems they have is tiresome. So I thought I’d do it for you. A lot of these may be old classics that many of you have already read, but it’s always nice to revisit them and maybe drag a few newbies in on the way down.

Note that some, perhaps a lot of these entries may contain potentially very triggering material.

GENERAL CREEPYPASTAS

HACKED GAME/PROGRAM/LOST EPISODE CREEPYPASTAS

NOTEWORTHY NON-FICTION

BONUS! TAKING THE EDGE OFF

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yamino:

justacleverruse:

whoa can we just talk about this game
I played it for like 5 hours last night
it’s a flash platforming game with a philosophical dilemma at the end of each level, which is essentially the coolest thing ever
it keeps track of your answers and at the end plots you on a graph with a bunch of famous thinkers/historical figures (I ended up nearest amelia earhart, go figure I did like 15 book reports on her in elementary school) and lets you know what type of thinker you are
I also thought the avatar creator was pretty cool because it doesn’t explicitly force you to pick boy or girl
the controls are a little janky but overall I thought the level design was really nice and the last few levels manage to be both fun and challenging
good game. would recommend. you should be playing this

Really cool concept!

yamino:

justacleverruse:

whoa can we just talk about this game

I played it for like 5 hours last night

it’s a flash platforming game with a philosophical dilemma at the end of each level, which is essentially the coolest thing ever

it keeps track of your answers and at the end plots you on a graph with a bunch of famous thinkers/historical figures (I ended up nearest amelia earhart, go figure I did like 15 book reports on her in elementary school) and lets you know what type of thinker you are

I also thought the avatar creator was pretty cool because it doesn’t explicitly force you to pick boy or girl

the controls are a little janky but overall I thought the level design was really nice and the last few levels manage to be both fun and challenging

good game. would recommend. you should be playing this

Really cool concept!

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Useful Site: Forvo

onelinnovations:

I have what I like to call my “Tarzan vocabulary.” In Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original novel, Tarzan teaches himself to read and write, but knows nothing of spoken language. In my case, there are dozens of words I recognize when I read them, I know their definitions and can use them in my own writing, but I have never actually heard the words spoken, and therefore hesitate to attempt to use those words in conversation for fear of pronouncing them wrong.

Well, if you’re a Tarzan like me, fear no more! For there is Forvo, “All the words in the world. Pronounced.” And it is good.

Forvo has words (and names!) from a multitude of languages pronounced by both native and nonnative speakers, to let you hear what those words really sound like around the world. I’ve actually not been using it to pull myself out of the Tarzan jungle, but rather I’ve been verify name pronunciations (David to a Spanish speaker is in fact “Dah-beed.”) and have been using it to get an ear for how nonnative speakers would hear words in another language so I can better show what is being “heard” on the page. For example, the Italian word for lullaby is “ninnananna.” However, if I were to spell it like it sounds (to me, who doesn’t speak a word of Italian although I keep writing stories that require I attempt to learn it), I would write it “neena na na.”

And if you’re ever really bored, it’s a fun site to punch in your name and hear the subtle changes in how folks from around the world would say it. Or maybe that’s just me. =)

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delorina:

i found a cute little game called Fear less where you play as a girl running from death in her dreams to get stronger

the gameplay is real simple but addictive especially with its pretty rocking music

you can play it here

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helpingcosplay:

just-a-zombie-slayer:

Hey guys :3
If anyone is looking for lipstick for cosplay or anything you should try Kaoir!
It comes in so many different colors and its so vibrant and long lasting. They have the perfect Vriska and Kanaya color !
Also they DON’T test on animals~!

Oh wow I have been looking for coloured lipstick for  long time that isn’t cheap halloween stuff that runs off your face after 10 minutes. I’m going to have to buy the blue and white to test it out.

helpingcosplay:

just-a-zombie-slayer:

Hey guys :3

If anyone is looking for lipstick for cosplay or anything you should try Kaoir!

It comes in so many different colors and its so vibrant and long lasting. They have the perfect Vriska and Kanaya color !

Also they DON’T test on animals~!

Oh wow I have been looking for coloured lipstick for  long time that isn’t cheap halloween stuff that runs off your face after 10 minutes. I’m going to have to buy the blue and white to test it out.

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☛ GET INSIDE YOUR CHARACTER'S HEAD! aka The Excessively Detailed Headcanon Meme

  • I'm not cute, don't worry, I stole this from Mission Board. When answering these questions, you may answer in third or first person, but third person would probably be better-- you can give more detail that way. Go get to know one another!
  • 1: What does their bedroom look like?
  • 2: Do they have any daily rituals?
  • 3: Do they exercise, and if so, what do they do? How often?
  • 4: What would they do if they needed to make dinner but the kitchen was busy?
  • 5: Cleanliness habits (personal, workspace, etc.)
  • 6: Eating habits and sample daily menu
  • 7: Favorite way to waste time and feelings surrounding wasting time
  • 8: Favorite indulgence and feelings surrounding indulging
  • 9: Makeup?
  • 10: Neuroses? Do they recognize them as such?
  • 11: Intellectual pursuits?
  • 12: Favorite book genre?
  • 13: Sexual Orientation? And, regardless of own orientation, thoughts on sexual orientation in general?
  • 14: Physical abnormalities? (Both visible and not, including injuries/disabilities, long-term illnesses, food-intolerances, etc.)
  • 15: Biggest and smallest short term goal?
  • 16: Biggest and smallest long term goal?
  • 17: Preferred mode of dress and rituals surrounding dress
  • 18: Favorite beverage?
  • 19: What do they think about before falling asleep at night?
  • 20: Childhood illnesses? Any interesting stories behind them?
  • 21: Turn-ons? Turn-offs?
  • 22: Given a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and nothing to do, what would happen?
  • 23: How organized are they? How does this organization/disorganization manifest in their everyday life?
  • 24: Is there one subject of study that they excel at? Or do they even care about intellectual pursuits at all?
  • 25: How do they see themselves 5 years from today?
  • 26: Do they have any plans for the future? Any contingency plans if things don’t workout?
  • 27: What is their biggest regret?
  • 28: Who do they see as their best friend? Their worst enemy?
  • 29: Reaction to sudden extrapersonal disaster (eg The house is on fire! What do they do?)
  • 30: Reaction to sudden intrapersonal disaster (eg close family member suddenly dies)
  • 31: Most prized possession?
  • 32: Thoughts on material possessions in general?
  • 33: Concept of home and family?
  • 34: Thoughts on privacy? (Are they a private person, or are they prone to ‘TMI’?)
  • 35: What activities do they enjoy, but consider to be a waste of time?
  • 36: What makes them feel guilty?
  • 37: Are they more analytical or more emotional in their decision-making?
  • 38: What recharges them when they’re feeling drained?
  • 39: Would you say that they have a superiority-complex? Inferiority-complex? Neither?
  • 40: How misanthropic are they?
  • 41: Hobbies?
  • 42: How far did they get in formal education? What are their views on formal education vs self-education?
  • 43: Religion?
  • 44: Superstitions or views on the occult?
  • 45: Do they express their thoughts through words or deeds?
  • 46: If they were to fall in love, who (or what) is their ideal?
  • 47: How do they express love?
  • 48: If this person were to get into a fist fight, what is their fighting style like?
  • 49: Is this person afraid of dying? Why or why not?

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Gee, I don’t know how to research writing Characters of Color tastefully:

missturdle:

1.) It’s not hard to figure out what to do, there are plenty of resources.

People say you have to get it right, do your research, but … what else are you supposed to research? It’s not like people with more pigment in their skin have completely different personalities than those with less, any more than any individual. It’s frustrating when I can’t even figure out what the heck people are talking about.

Bam. Research step one done for you.


2.) Writing characters of color/minorities is a good thing.

I don’t like the notion that fantasy authors are under some kind of obligation to present ethnically diverse worlds. I’m English, and a fair sized part of English history consists of unwashed beardy white people in mead halls. If I’m inspired by my own history and cultural heritage, then that’s what I’m damn well going to write about. I’m not writing about some other culture just to appease the people who think there aren’t enough black characters in fantasy, or whatever. You want it, you write it. Nothing to do with me.

You’re wrong.


3.) Your all White Fantasy Land Didn’t Exist in Real Life:

…the rather medieval one has more diversity than real medieval Germany probably had […] In a world with medieval means of transport, it just doesn’t seem natural to me to mix dark-skinned people with blue-eyed blondes in one setting. I just try to give the people a colour that fits the place where they live.

You mean like the people from Africa and the Middle east who began to take over Southern Spain, as well as the Jews who were pretty well spread out throughout Europe, the Middle Easterners they would have met on the Crusades, and the incoming Mongol Hordes who spread to the very edges of Eastern Europe before the empire finally collapsed? Don’t forget that Turkey is right there, and the silk road would have gone from Song Dynasty China, through India, and ended in Turkey before moving further westwards into places like Germany. Also the attempts at the Franco-Mongol alliance would have been pretty interesting. (That’s about the 13th century - arguably smack dab in Middle Ages Europe and definite contact between France/Christian Europe and the Mongolian Empire.)

Unless you’re writing everything in the far reaches of Denmark or something, historically speaking, I call bullshit on people who have societies that are only all white ever, because it’s just inaccurate. Consider the relative closeness of Northern Africa to Spain, or Turkey to the rest of Europe, the conquests of Alexander the Great, the Crusades, Slavery existing in Europe, including England, the slave trade, imperialism, Pax Mongolica, The Silk Road, Jewish Diaspora, the Islamic Empire vs The Holy Roman Empire, Egypt, Algeria, China’s sailing across the world, The Maruyan/Gupta Empires of India, tea trades, Columbus sailing in hopes of finding China, etc, etc, etc.


4.) I mean I just don’t believe you anymore. It’s unrealistic. Seriously guys.

You’d think I’d just denied the holocaust or something. Get a grip. All I said was that I’m going to write about my own cultural experience and anyone who thinks I should do otherwise for the sake of political correctness can bugger off.

This isn’t even about being PC this is just not being wrong about everything.

good lord. 

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