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Short, Scary Stories
It’s a busy time of year. So much to do with the school year underway, the days getting shorter, the weather cooling off, the holidays almost upon us. Here are bunches of very short, scary stories to squeeze into what little time you have to read. Maybe just jump into bed and read a short story or two to help you fall asleep.
Good luck with that.
Short scary stories from Reddit
Abraham’s Boys, by Joe Hill
How to Talk to Girls at Parties, by Neil Gaiman
The Doll, by Daphne du Maurier
Nightcrawlers, by Robert McCammon
Premium Harmony, by Stephen King
Sunbleached, by Nathan Ballingrud
The Third Bear, by Jeff Vandermeer
The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire, by Poppy Z. Brite
How to Get Back to the Forest, by Sofia Samatar
Bog Girl, by Karen Russell
Hello Moto, by Nnedi Okorafor
His Face All Red, by Emily Carroll
Rattlebag, by Neil Gaiman
What are your favorite short stories?
Happy Birthday, Ed Emberley!
Happy birthday, Ed Emberley! Thank you for teaching us how to draw!
October Author Birthdays
Some October author birthdays!
Natalie Savage Carlson (The Family Under the Bridge, Runaway Marie Louise) 10/3
Molly Cone (Come Back, Salmon) 10/3
Marilyn Singer (Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color, Several Kinds of Silence) 10/3
Robert Lawson (Ben and Me, They Were Strong and Good, Mr. Revere and I) 10/4
Munro Leaf (The Story of Ferdinand, How to Behave and Why) 10/4
Donald Sobol (Encyclopedia Brown series) 10/4
Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy, Suzuki Beane) 10/5
Gene Zion (Harry the Dirty Dog) 10/5
Thor Heyerdahl (Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island) 10/6
Lee Kingman (Pierre Pidgeon) 10/6
Alice Dalgiesh (The Courage of Sarah Noble, The Silver Pencil) 10/7
Barthe DeClements (How Do You Lose Those Ninth Grade Blues?) 10/8
Frank Herbert (Dune) 10/8
R.L. Stine (Goosebumps series) 10/8
Johanna Hurwitz (Busybody Nora) 10/9
James Marshall (George and Martha, Miss Nelson is Missing!) 10/10
Arna Bontemps (God Sends Sunday: A Novel, Young Booker: Booker T. Washington’s Early Days) 10/13
Lois Lenski (Phebe Fairchild, Ocean-born Mary) 10/14
Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest) 10/16
Ed Emberley (Ed Emberley’s Big Green Drawing Book; Go Away, Big Green Monster) 10/19
Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon) 10/20
Ursula LeGuin (The Compass Rose, The Wizard of Earthsea) 10/21
Marjorie Flack (Angus and the Ducks, The Story About Ping) 10/23
Steven Kellogg (Pinkerton & Friends, The Pickle Plan) 10/26
Enid Bagnold (National Velvet, The Chalk Garden) 10/27
Poem of the Month: Mercy
National Read a Book Day
September 6 is National Read a Book Day!
Some fun book-reading statistics from 2018
What are you reading today?
September Author Birthdays
Some September author birthdays!
Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter of Mars) 9/1
Lucretia Hale (The Peterkin Papers) 9/2
Syd Hoff (Danny and the Dinosaur, Sammy the Seal, many other children’s books, political cartoons, and books for adults) 9/3
Anthony Browne (Willy and Hugh, Willy and the Wimp, Bear Hunt) 9/11
Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Tales of the Unexpected) 9/13
William H Armstrong (Sounder) 9/14
John Steptoe (Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Mother Crocodile) 9/14
James Fenimore Cooper (Last of the Mohicans, Leatherstocking Tales) 9/15
Tomie DePaola (Strega Nona, Bill and Pete, Oliver Button is a Sissy) 9/15
Robert McCloskey (Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal) 9/15
H.A. Rey (Curious George, Katy-No-Pocket) 9/16
Vicki Cobb (Science Experiments You Can Eat, Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life) 9/17
Miska Petersham (7 Stories for Wide-Awakes; A Story Book of the Things We Wear: Wool, Cotton, Silk, Rayon) 9/19
H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau) 9/21
Taro Yashima (Crow Boy, Seashore Story) 9/21
Jane Curry (Back in the Beforetime, Mindy’s Mysterious Miniature, Abaloc series) 9/24
Wilson Rawls (Where the Red Fern Grows, Summer of the Monkeys) 9/24
Paul Goble (Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story; The Boy and his Mud Horses) 9/27
Bernard Waber (Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; The House on East 88th Street) 9/27
Kate Douglas Wiggin (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) 9/28
Stan Berenstain (The Berenstain Bears series) 9/29
Edgar D’Aulaire (Norse Gods and Giants, Trolls) 9/30
Poem of the Month: The Night-Piece, to Julia
Robert Herrick is one of my favorite poets, hands down. This photo is from “Seventeenth Century Prose and Poetry”, selected and edited by Witherspoon and Warnke – about the only college textbook I still have.
The Night-Piece to Julia, by Robert Herrick:
Also, happy belated birthday, Robert Herrick! (August 24)