Posted on 10/31/2019 at 08:20 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Happy Halloween! We’ve been collecting a variety of eerie posts for the occasion — please enjoy the following calorie-free treats.
Humor versus horror: Atlas Obscura shares the story of a famous literary hoax that purported to share the real story behind Hansel and Gretel.
Hans Traxler wrote The Truth About Hansel and Gretel in 1963 to celebrate the hundred-year anniversary of Jacob Grimm’s death.
The public and journalists alike fell hook, line, and sinker for this supposed exposé of two seventeenth-century adult siblings who killed a baker for her gingerbread recipe.
Recent reading material: NPR has articles on two new books that tap into the Halloween spirit.
You can read a review of Hex Wives, an “angry witch comic” by Ben Blacker, and an interview with Rick Baker, who brought some of Hollywood’s most memorable monsters and creepy creatures to life, about his illustrated memoir, Metamorphosis.
Creepy compilations: The Guardian’s most recent top-ten list focused on the best graveyards in fiction; other spooky topics include the top ten deaths in fiction, the top ten ghost stories, the top ten true-crime books, the top ten artificial humans in fiction, and the top ten books about the night.