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Thursday, October 21, 2021

31 Days of Horror Day 21: #HorrorForLibraries Giveaway 60-- Days of the Dead: A Year of True Ghost Stories

It's #HorrorForLibraries giveaway day and I have a MUST BUY finished copy of a nonfiction title courtesy of the publisherBut first, here is a refresher on the basic rules to enter:

  1. You need to be affiliated with an American public library. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.
  2. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.
  3. Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. Meaning you enter once, and you are entered until you win. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm each week will be considered for that  week. I use and have a member of my family witness the "draw"based off your number in the Google Sheet.
  4. If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.
Click here to see giveaway #59. Our winner was Patrick from the Arapahoe Library District [CO]. 

Today I am offering Days of the Dead: A Year of True Ghost Stories by Sylvia Shults who you heard from yesterday.

Three Words That Describe This Book: true haunting, immersive, fun

This book is as advertised and even better than the hook promises it will be. As Shults says in her introduction, "Ghosts are with us, every single day." That hook is intriguing and seducing to those who love Horror.

She then gives us an example, a ghost story tied to every single day of the year. These stories are from all over the world, and across the entire time span of human storytelling. 

Using her 20+ years of paranormal research, Shults presents these true ghost stories in context, giving you the date, obviously, but also the place and year.  Even though readers are jumping around time and space, Shults unites it all with her solid writing. It reads as if she took each day as a new challenge to hook the reader immediately. 

I started reading this book thinking, oh I will read a few days in January and then skip around reading a few days in each month, but I was hooked and when I looked up, I was through all of January. 

The stories are compelling on their own. I got fully immersed in each story. But also don't underestimate the fun here. There is a story for every meaningful day in your patron's lives. They can use this to look up a scary tale for their birthday, the birthday of a loved one, an important event int heir lives, etc... Honestly, you need a copy of this book to circulate in your paranormal sections AND one in reference, for you and your patrons to consult as a calendar of days. You can use it as a prompt for displays or social media posts or to prank your co-workers on their birthdays. 

The uses for this book are endless, but again, it is also a solid nonfiction Horror on its own. 

Thank you to Haunted Road Media for donating a copy of this library friendly paranormal nonfiction title to me to giveaway to you. Consider ordering this title for your collections. Trust me, your patrons will LOVE it. And since it has a story for every single day of the year [even Leap Day] it can be incorporated into displays and promotions all year long.

And check out the other library friendly titles from Haunted Road Media. You will not be disappointed.

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