With Halloween on the horizon, what more appropriate for this Monday’s give away than my one and only Halloween book, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla?

Manzanilla Halloween

It’s 1807 and a vampire craze has swept the ton thanks to a novel called The Convent of Orsino— by a Lady. (But who are we kidding? We know it’s by Miss Gwen.)

When a woman is found dead with “fang marks” on her neck, suspicion turns to the reclusive Duke of Belliston. But Sally Fitzhugh knows better, and she’s determined to prove it. Whatever it takes.

Manzanilla Halloween 2

So, for a copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, here’s your question:

What’s your favorite spooky Halloween read?

Three winners will be chosen at random to receive a copy of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. Winners will be announced on Wednesday.

Happy reading and happy Halloween!

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  1. Kari on October 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I just finished a collection of short stories called “21st Century Ghosts” by Joe Hill. Definitely the best Halloween read I’ve had in a while (Midnight Manzanilla withstanding, obviously).

  2. Heather on October 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

    My favorite scary read is “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King. The tension just builds & builds, with some genuine jump scares thrown in for good measure. These are vampires they way they are meant to be: vicious, nigh unstoppable, and creepy! It’s one you don’t want to read on a stormy October night…or maybe you do.

  3. Debra Fortney on October 26, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I am not a big fan of scary books. Steven King the Shining would be about the only one I have read….

  4. Amanda B on October 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I first read Frankenstein in the autumn of 5th grade as an 11 year old. If was one of my first big reads. It immediately became my favorite book and it stuck with me for many years. I re-read it in the fall about every 5 years.

  5. Nikki B on October 26, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I don’t really have a Halloween read. Definitely Halloween movies (shout out to Hocus Pocus) that I watch every year, but not books. My scariest read was definitely “The Shining.”

  6. Rachel Adrianna on October 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I always read Edgar Allan Poe during October… “Fall of the House of Usher” for sure and I try a few new short stories.

  7. Rebecca P on October 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    While not strictly Halloween, Christopher Moore’s vampire books (Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, and Bite Me) are a pretty funny take on the undead.

  8. Laura Hartness on October 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I haven’t read alot of spooky books, but some of Frank Peretti’s stuff has given me the whillies!

  9. Andra on October 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I sometimes reread one of my favourite Barbara Michaels books. That’s the spookiest I go. 😀

  10. Courtney on October 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Not a fan of scary books, but I quite liked Dracula…

  11. Lynda on October 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Frankenstein and anything Poe. Some Ann Rice too.

  12. Courtney F. on October 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Frankenstein has always been a favorite of mine, along with Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado or The Black Cat (the whole “bricked in behind a wall” premise gives me the shivers).

  13. Dana-Jean on October 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite read for October is one I discoved last year. It’s a book by Deanna Raybourn called The Dead Travel Fast. It has a Dracula theme and takes place in 1800’s Transylvania. Very atmospheric.

  14. bn100 on October 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    the shining

  15. Michelle Springer on October 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I just borrowed a collection of Victorian ghost stories from my library. I’ll have to let you know later which one was the best! 😉

  16. Miss Eliza on October 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Come on random generator, this is the book I need! Also I’d go with anything Shirley Jackson… Hill House probably edging out We Have Always Lived in the Castle… but that doesn’t mean I won’t find a new Halloween read in the future…

  17. Erin on October 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Anything by Stephen King, Anne Rice or the Canadian author Andrew Pyper! (Although it is very difficult to scare me…I must admit!).

  18. Maria on October 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I usually read some Poe during October. I’ll also pick up a book on witches or vampires depending on what I come across first on my book shelves.

  19. Amy on October 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I’m not sure what my favorite is, but right now I’m reading Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)!

  20. Sina binkowitz on October 27, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Edgar Allan Poe=Halloween in my book! Fall of the house of usher would be my pick!

  21. Betty S. on October 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I would definitely recommend The Dead Travel Fast, Nocturne, and The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

    Already have a signed copy of the book – thanks, Lauren!

  22. Mer Arnold on October 27, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Anything written by Simone St James. Her creepy stories are a pleasure to read (just not at 2am on a dark and stormy night).

  23. Sarah R on October 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I love Amanda Stevens The Graveyard Queen series! Lots of ghost and mystery plus romance!

  24. Liz on October 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    “Dracula” was required reading for a history class I took in college that focused on Fin-de-Siecle Europe. As a 19 year old, I found it terrifying.

  25. Sarah S. on October 28, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Phantom of the Opera. I know it’s not really scary, but the atmosphere gets me every time.

  26. Kiley Murphy on October 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Fall of the House of Usher.

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