Want to hear a scary story? Of course you do. It’s Halloween time; the perfect time for scary stories, even for people that don’t normally like horror.
Neil Gaiman has been a huge voice in promoting All Hallow’s Read, an initiative that prompts people to share scary books with others on Halloween. You can picture yourself as a macabre Santa, spreading chills and thrills with others.
As sort of an extension to All Hallow’s Read, Neil and Audible.com have teamed up to provide a wicked scary story in audio form, with Neil himself reading Click-Clack the Rattle Bag, an original Gaiman work that has never been published in print or audio form, although it will appear in a forthcoming anthology called Impossible Monsters.
The download is completely free until Halloween, with Audible.com donating a $1 to charity for every download. You don’t even have to sign up as an Audible.com member, although you will have to provide an email address, thanks to spambots and download-bots ruining the Web for everyone else.
Info on the charities being donated to can be found below, and you can also visit Neil’s site for more information.
Click-Clack the Rattle Bag by Neil Gaiman
‘What kind of story would you like me to tell you?’ ‘Well,’ he said, thoughtfully, ‘I don’t think it should be too scary, because then when I go up to bed, I will just be thinking about monsters the whole time. But if it isn’t just a little bit scary, then I won’t be interested. And you make up scary stories, don’t you?’”
The US charity being donated to is DonorsChoose.org, an organization that engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity. We envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education.
The UK charity being donated to is Booktrust, an independent reading and writing charity that makes a nationwide impact on individuals, families and communities, and culture in the UK. We make a significant positive contribution to the educational outcomes of children from the earliest age. We work to empower people of all ages and abilities by giving them confidence and choices about reading. And we want individuals of all backgrounds to benefit from the wellbeing that a rich and positive engagement in reading and writing can bring. Our work supports children and young people, parents and carers and indeed anyone who would benefit from the positive impact that books, reading and writing can have on their lives.