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Halloween Memories – Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher, author of The Leaping, The Thing on the Shore and Idle Hands gives us his take on Halloween – from memories, to popular culture, to it’s important in his own work. Halloween. The first thing that comes to mind is apple bobbing – trying to eat apples as they floated in a bucket of water, no hands […]

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The Burning House

Quercus author Neil Spring on predicting a mystery yet to happen, and his new novel The Burning House. Although Halloween is time of ghoulish festivity and fun for many, that isn’t necessarily true for the inhabitants of far-flung hamlet of Foyers, which nestles in the wooded shores of Loch Ness. For hundreds of years, locals here […]

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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

  PUMPKIN SPICE CUPCAKES by Zoe Sugg I make a jar of pumpkin spice and use it throughout autumn and winter, stirred into porridge and hot chocolate and in all kinds of baking. You can buy pumpkin purée online and in some supermarkets or follow my recipe here. Decorate your cupcakes with sweets or edible […]

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Toto the Ninja Cat Halloween Mask

Happy almost-Halloween! If you’re on the look-out for a fun dress-up activity with your class, look no further… meet Toto the Ninja Cat. The feline star of Dermot’s O’Leary’s children’s books is not only the coolest cat in town, but also makes for a super-easy Halloween costume. How to dress up as Toto the Ninja Cat: […]

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The Hodderscape Team pick their favourite books for Halloween

At Hodderscape we’re all massive fans of Halloween. It’s the perfect excuse to don your best fancy dress, devour lots of sweets and of course, escape into a spooky or supernatureal read. We asked the team to share their favourite books to read at Halloween. Take a look and tell us if we picked your […]

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The books we’re reading this Halloween

Eyeless women, horrifying rituals and Jack the Ripper. We’ve got Halloween sorted.

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The Virago Halloween reading list 👻

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve? Here are just a few suggestions in our Halloween reading list.   Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier With one of the most famous first lines in literature, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has all of the elements that make for a chilling tale, […]

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Gizzi Erskine’s Step-by-Step Pumpkin Designs

Carving a pumpkin this Halloween? Whether you’re after an iconic spooky lantern or want to dazzle the neighbours with a custom glitter creation, you’ll find inspiration in Gizzi’s Season’s Eatings. SPOOKY PUMPKIN LANTERN You will need: 1 HUGE Pumpkin a marker pen pumpkin cutters or a thin sharp knife a spoon tea lights I find […]

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Friday Reads: Halloween Reads Edition

Halloween is very nearly here. To celebrate, we asked Team Gollancz to share their favourite Halloween Reads. Did your favourite read make our list? Gillian: My perfect Halloween read is Sarah Pinborough’s award-winning novella Beauty. A little dark, a little sexy and a lot of fun, it’s a superb retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story […]

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A Halloween treat from Daphne du Maurier – read ‘The Doll’

This month we published two of Daphne du Maurier‘s best-loved and most spine-tingling short story collections as Virago Modern Classics designer hardbacks. Both The Birds and Don’t Look Now come with covers by award-winning textiles designer Neisha Crosland – find out more about them on the gorgeous Selvedge blog. Du Maurier is the queen of […]

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Halloween crafts for book lovers

1. Create some bookish Halloween bunting If you can bear to sacrifice a book that is… Source: Simple As That Source: The Golden Sycamore   2. Make a Necronomicon Cast a spell on your friends and family and recreate the Book of the Dead from the Evil Dead.  Source: Trinketeer   3. Bake a Cthulu pie In […]

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Halloween Giveaway: win this spooky selection of books!

To enter our Halloween giveaway all you have to do is sign up to our newsletter. Don’t worry, no spam – just giveaways, exclusive content and news about our books. You can unsubscribe at any time. This giveaway closes October 26th (just in time for you to get your books for Halloween!) and is open […]

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Gollancz's Favourite Halloween Reads

Team Gollancz tell you all about their favourite scary books to read at Halloween . . .  Gillian: What could be more spookily appropriate a read today than Horns by Joe Hill? I love this story – it’s a chilling tale of romance and revenge with a supernatural twist that keeps it gripping to the […]

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Cityread London announces Rivers of London as its 2015 book

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz) has been chosen as the focus of Cityread London’s 2015 campaign. The title will be the centre of a month-long celebration of reading in the capital, starting on 30 March and running throughout April, which aims to engage London’s residents, workers and visitors with reading for pleasure, focused […]

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Apparently it’s Hallowe’en . . .

Those of you who have been reading the Gateway blog for a while might think there’s something familiar about this post. And you’d be right. What’s familiar is actually every single word that follows this first paragraph. Reason being, my attitude to Hallowe’en has not altered one whit since I wrote this last year – […]

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