Horror Writing and Halloween Reading
spooky season is here!
This is the place to celebrate horror writing, uncover mysteries, find Halloween reading and more!
But be warned, explore at your own risk…
Discover the man behind the myths, from talking ravens to tell-tale hearts. In this special tour of the American Writers Museum, you’ll dive into the work of Edgar Allan Poe and learn how his legacy continues to impact the world today. Learn about the writers who influenced Poe, as well as the writers who were influenced by him. This 15-minute tour introduces you to all areas of the Museum, and following the tour you can explore all of our exhibits more in depth.
Edgar Allan Poe-themed tours take place daily at 3:00 pm during the month of October when the AWM is open (Thurs-Mon, 10am-5pm). Learn more and book your tour here…if you dare!
“Beware the autumn people…For these beings, fall is the ever normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond…In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters. The spider-web hears them, trembles- breaks. Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.”
—Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Pictured here is “The Halloween Tree” painting by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury’s favorite holiday was Halloween and he returned to the story of The Halloween Tree many times. He would host elaborate Halloween parties and always dress up. Halloween is featured in many of his stories, and is hinted at in some of his longer works like Something Wicked This Way Comes. Check out our blog for Ray Bradbury’s Guide to Throwing the Best Halloween Party.
Explore our online exhibit about Ray Bradbury here:
Check out the AWM Podcast Network if you are interested in learning about writers of the past or hearing from leading writers of the present.
- Listen to Nation of Writers to learn about influential horror and mystery writers like Edgar Allan Poe or Ray Bradbury, including an episode about Shirley Jackson with her son as a guest.
- Tune into AWM Author Talks to hear contemporary masters of mystery like Walter Mosley and Sara Paretsky discuss their craft, process, and more.
Hit the American Writers Museum blog for even more Halloween reading and explorations of horror and mystery writing.
- Uncover the history of the mystery genre in our Many Writers, Many Forms blog series.
- “Visit” frightening sites like Sleepy Hollow or Halloweentown in our fun blog series AWM Destinations.
- Learn more about Mildred Benson and her typewriter on which many Nancy Drew stories were written.
Over on our YouTube channel we’ve put together a Spooky Season playlist for your viewing pleasure. Revisit many of our past programs with writers who thrive in the mystery and horror genres
- Screenwriter Sarah Gubbins discusses writing the film Shirley, starring Elisabeth Moss as Shirley Jackson.
- Historian Scott Peeples shares insights into how city life shaped Edgar Allan Poe’s work.
- Editor Charles Ardai talks about the crime stories of Ray Bradbury.