LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A couple of years ago, author Neil Gaiman was disappointed that there wasn’t a “holiday” for books, so he created All Hallow’s Read — a literary holiday celebrating spooky books.

Celebrated around Halloween, All Hallow’s Read is easy to participate in — during the week of Halloween, or on the night itself, just give someone a scary book to enjoy.

It’s as simple as that.

“We’re not saying don’t give candy. Candy is important, fake blood is important, if they have zombie teeth they’d be incredibly important,” Gaiman says of the gifts of Halloween. “The point is, give someone a scary book.”

He lists 25 books that are available for free downloads, courtesy of Project Gutenberg.

Top 25 Free Horror eBooks on Project Gutenberg for download.

1. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
4. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
5. The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
6. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
7. The Vampyre; a Tale by John William Polidori
8. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ward Radcliffe
9. Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest
10. The Monk; a romance by M. G. Lewis
11. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
12. Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker
13. Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker
14. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
15. Wieland: or, the Transformation, an American Tale by Charles Brockden Brown
16. Edgar Huntly by Charles Brockden Brown
17. The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker
18. The Beetle by Richard Marsh
19. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck
20. The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker
21. The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce
22. The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
23. The Parasite by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
24. Clarimonde by Théophile Gautier
25. Curious, if True by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


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