Soon, very soon, I'll be heading to McNally Jackson to prepare for our Second Annual Literary Halloween Party! It promises to be a blowout this year -- even the New Yorker has taken notice. We've got monsters telling stories for kids at 4:00 (dude, they are gonna LOVE our Frankenstein and Dracula, and guest author Siobhan Vivian's vegetarian vampire from Vunce Upon A Time) and grown-up shenanigans at 6:30, including a Scary Story Slam (three minutes to wow us with your true ghost story or Poe reading or whatever) and Literary Costume Contest. And of course we're welcoming guest authors Doug Dorst, David Wellington, Stuart Moore, Joe Harris, and comic artist fan fave Bill Sienkiewicz. You know you're totally invited -- hope to see you there!
If you need inspiration for the Literary Costume Contest, check out the Flickr group here, or the New Yorker's gathering of ideas. We'll definitely be taking photos tonight to submit, so it's your chance for Flickr-ish fame.
And to get you in the mood, here's a literary witches quiz from the Guardian. I got 8 out of 13 (not enough John Updike in my diet, I suspect) -- how would you do?
See you tonight. Maybe our festivities can finally exorcise this song from my head:
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