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Free Reads - Halloween

by Wendy J. Woudstra   

 
 


  Books Mentioned
The Murder of Edgar Allen Poe
By Douglas MacGowan
Freely available in HTML format from Court TV's Crime Library.

The Raven and Other Stories
by Edgar Allen Poe
Available in Microsoft Reader .lit format from Amazon.com.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving
Plain text and other versions (see article body) freely available from various sources.

Cyber-Pulp's Halloween Anthology 2.0
Edited by Bob Gunner
Dozens of Horror/Dark Fantasy stories in one big PDF.

 

Halloween is once again upon us, and there's no better way to celebrate than to cozy up with a tale of crime, ghosts, ghouls or other spooky phenomena.

Edgar Allen Poe has written some of the spookiest tales in the English language, but did you know that the story of his death is also filled with mystery and hints of murder? "The Murder of Edgar Allen Poe" by Douglas MacGowan examines the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the master of horror fiction and the father of the detective whodunnit story. From his mysterious disappearance days before his fatal illness, his odd state of dress when found after this disappearance, and his unexplained death bed mumblings. It's a brief but interesting read for fans of Poe and crime fiction enthusiasts.

A collection of Poe's stories can also be downloaded for free. Amazon.com is offering "The Raven and Other Stories" in Microsoft Reader format as a way of introducing ebooks to new audiences. If you can run Microsoft Reader, take advantage of this very readable format and this free collection!

I recall watching the Disney version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" every Halloween as a child, and a full length movie (which I never did get around to watching) was made several years ago. Those film versions of the tale should encourage anyone familiar with them to read the original story, which Washington Irving intended as a 'comic tale of self-delusion' rather than a horror story.

The full text of the Washington Irving Story is available in a number of formats, including plain text, HTML, PDF, and Palm Doc.

If you want to extend the story of poor Ichabod Crane into an educational experience, EDSITEment has a lesson plan available for the story.

Finally, the most substantial Halloween e-book I've found thus far, "Cyber-Pulp's Halloween Anthology 2.0" contains a huge selection of horrifying stories in the Horror/Dark Fantasy Genre. There are dozens of stories here, some better than others, but there are certainly some keepers among the tales. If you like what you see, you can also download the first Halloween Anthology from Cyber-Pulp -- "In Search of Monsters."