Although I’ve spent the last couple of weeks fighting the urge to start celebrating Christmas (the SPAM christmas tree will be going up on December the 1st), that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about Halloween. How could we, when there’s not one, but TWO spooky Hot Key books out this month!
If you’re wondering, those are edible eyeball cakes. Of course.
As publishers, we are downright obsessed with stories. You might have noticed. So quite obviously we wanted to spend our Halloween immersed in the creepiest, most TERRIFYING stories possible…
Yes, that is a raven on Gareth’s shoulder.
Which started with a trip to the Museum of London. Gareth entertained us over lunch with a ghostly event in the Victorian Walk, getting us all involved in his scary story as the audience chose the characters’ fates. And of course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without a rendition of the Constable & Toop song!
Telling a spooky story to a group always makes it seem that much more frightening (possibly due to mass hysteria). And later, when we asked twitter to help us tell a horrifying tale, things definitely got, um, hysterical…
We started each story with a line from UNDER MY HAT: TALES FROM THE CAULDRON.
And what we got back ranged from the scary to the downright hilarious.
“Despite his rotting flesh, he looked damned sexy. Oh no, wait. Scary. Yes, he looked scary (though well-dressed) #undermyhat” @RebekahBooks had us in stitches
“Next thing, he was whizzing away to a flat field of windmills with villagers eating rounds of Gouda cheese #undermyhat” and then downright hilarious! @WeSatDown
The crazy, insane and SCARY story that you helped us come up with is up on Storify for your reading pleasure… or not…
Thanks everyone that took part, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!