8 Books Until Halloween

Or should that say 8 Days Until Halloween?  Both are correct, as Outskirts Press provides you with eight different books to enjoy, starting today, to tide you through All Hallows Eve!

Since Halloween is almost here, it is the perfect opportunity to curl up with a good (scary) book. Readers of all ages love getting that chill up their spine this time of year, reading mysteries and thrillers as bare branches blow in the wind and strange noises make the mind soar with what could be lurking in the shadows.

At Outskirts Press, we want you to enjoy this spooky time of the year! That’s why we’re providing you with a list of books that offer good Halloween fun:

For Monday, October 24th…

Non-fiction readers will love The World’s Most Haunted Sites which explores the history, legends, and ghostly happenings at the world’s most fascinating spectral landmarks. While researching this book, Mr. Bell visited more than 200 ghostly points of interest to find those which seemed the most authentically haunted. He interviewed historians, psychics, ghost-hunters and hundreds of people who believe they have encountered supernatural activity.

For Tuesday, October 25th…

When NYPD Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson’s wife, Sarah, unexpectedly inherits a family farm in the tiny upstate village of Dutch River, New York, their first thought is to sell it as soon as possible. But they are immediately charmed by the village and its residents, and Sarah’s great-uncle, Armin Jaeger, leaves them a letter too puzzling to ignore. They are soon stunned to find that Sarah has been left more than a simple farmhouse in a quaint village; and matters turn even more intriguing when Walter discovers a mysterious connection between Dutch River and the murder of a prominent Boston philanthropist, Charles Martin Sewall. And matters take an even more deadly turn when Walter’s family is threatened. Walter will need all his skills and all the help he can get from his good friend, Leviticus Welles, as he desperately races against time not just to solve a hideous crime but to save his family as well. It’s a race he can’t afford to lose.

For Wednesday, October 27…

Catch up with Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson once again and this time, he is in over his head (and he knows it!). As he begins to receive intense pressure to solve a new case from both Mayor Deborah Kaplan and Police Commissioner Sean Donahue, a judge’s beautiful daughter starts giving him more help than he’s looking for. He’ll need all the help he can get from Leviticus Welles, now a rising star in the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, to guide him through the maze of Teddy Braxton’s life as well as the tangle of his own emotions. But one thing Walter knows from the start is that there’s nothing placid at all about Placid Hollow.

For Thursday, October 27th…

Juvenile fiction readers should check out Night at the Haunted Hotel. Ten year-old Priscilla Willa is at it again! This time she and her partners are in charge of a murder mystery party at the old River Rock Inn. They’ve got their hands full with menus, costumes, and silly guests. But what are they supposed to do when a grumpy ghost shows up? Join the fun as Priscilla and her friends plan their most spooktacular party yet!

For Friday, October 28th…

The Not So Wicked, Wicked Witch is a charming story about a witch that is in image only. After reading the story and getting to know Carter’s witch, you realize that she has a heart of gold and is loving inside and out. A delightful book just in time for Halloween!

For Saturday, October 29th…

Police Chief Dexter Lowe enjoys his humdrum job in the sleepy little town of Gator Creek, Florida, until a kidnapper begins terrorizing the local women. FBI Special Agent Teddi McCoy arrives to help him hunt down the mysterious kidnapper. Aided by an eccentric’s  remarkable visions, McCoy tracks the kidnapper to an isolated island on the eastern edge of the Florida Everglades: Demon Key, a place where the kidnapper’s victims have mysteriously vanished… forever.

For Sunday, October 30th…

Tricks and treats fill the night in this bewitchingly spooky tale involving two little witches out to cause some mischief on Halloween. When they encounter a group of trick-or-treating children, they receive a surprise of their own! The clever rhyming text and delightful illustrations will make this book a Halloween treat for both young children and the adults who read it to them.

For Monday, October 31st…

A psychotic madman stalks the road ways of Bontonville for his next victim. He lures truckers and travelers into his private hell where he ruthlessly attacks them, hides their vehicles and disposes of their bodies in an immense underground lair where they become part of his deliciously macabre collection. For over twenty years not a shred of evidence has escaped his maniacal control. Until one day a federal agent on a case in the next county, stumbles on a clue that erupts into an intense, deadly chase to catch the most heinous killer in local history.

While we’ve provided you with a few suggestions, the Outskirts Press bookstore is filled with books certain to satisfy your craving for thrills and chills.  So, now is the time to find your favorite afghan, heat up your mug of tea, and nestle into  your new favorite book!


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Who can resist a good scare? Not us!

This Halloween, we’re inclined to curl up with scary read (with a blanket snug against the chin) and indulge in spine-chilling tales of ghosts, ghouls and other creepy beings that go bump in the night. We thought you might join us! So, here ’tis, our recommendations for Halloween thrillers, ghost tales, mysteries, real-life dramas and even poetry to make your ghastly hallowed eve a gravely great time — don’t come cryin’ to us if you can’t get to sleep! In alphabetical order, they are:

Stay curious, stay spooked but most of all stay safe. Happy Halloween!

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Find out who our SCARIEST author is during our month-long Halloween contest, taking place throughout October. The winner will be one step closer to seeing his or her book turned into a Hollywood thriller!



Visit our Facebook page throughout October and LIKE custom covers and book videos featuring over 60 of our most chilling horror novels and thrillers by many of our most talented and frightening authors. Every day you will see a new book and/or book video. Register your vote by LIKING the covers or videos you like the most.

Even if you don’t write horror/thrillers/suspense novels you can still save 20% on your own book video. AND you will still want to participate to discover perfect books for the Halloween season, and to support your fellow Outskirts Press authors.

Come Halloween, vote from among the top finalists to determine our SCARIEST AUTHOR. The winner will “Book a Trip to Hollywood” by receiving a FREE HOLLYWOOD ACTION PLAN.  And even if you don’t win, the Hollywood Action Plan is still your fastest, most affordable way to expose your book to Tinseltown.

If you’re among the featured authors and/or finalists in our Halloween contest, be sure to tell everyone you know to LIKE your cover/video and to vote for you in the finals on October 31.


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Top 10 Books in Self-Publishing that are Sure to Spook You This Halloween

Happy Halloween from all of us here at Outskirts Press!

Here are a few books (in no particular order) that are sure to give you the “creepy crawlies” and get you in the spirit of this spooky occasion!

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Top 10 Books for Halloween

What are your plans for a haunted Halloween? Going trick or treating with the kids? Going to a party? Throwing one? Whatever your plans, there is always time to curl up with a good book. Here are ten top recommendations for a chillingly good time, from Outskirts Press authors:


Creatures by Gerry Griffiths

The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser

Hour of the Beast by C. Michael Forsyth

Embellish by R. L. Sloan

The Ghost of Governor’s Bridge by Skip Stover

Lucifer Rising by Barbara Fifield

The Not So Wicked, Wicked Witch by Amy Carter

The Skeleton By The Bay by Melissa M. Rounds

Tricked by Holly E. Gaskin

Z1N1: The Zombie Pandemic by Mitchell Layne Cook

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Top 10 Halloween Books for Adults in Self-Publishing 2010

Earlier this week we featured the Top 5 Halloween books for kids this year in self-publishing. If you’re up for a little spookier reading this Halloween weekend, below are the Top 10 Halloween books for adults this year in alphabetical order:

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Halloween Greeting Cards for Self Published Authors

Want to send out a Halloween mailing to promote your book?  Outskirts Press offers personal and customized Halloween Greeting Cards, featuring your published book!

Greeting cards are 4.25”x 6” on Premium 14 pt. gloss cover stock. These cards are full color, front and back, and scored for easy folding. The front of the card recognizes the occasion. The inside-left of the card highlights your single book, along with the title, the author name, the cover image, and the webpage address. The inside-right of the card is blank so that you can personalize each card with a handwritten message before folding and mailing them in the included white envelopes.

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Top 10 Self-Published Books for Halloween

Happy Halloween. Please enjoy our list of our top 10 Halloween titles for 2008. Click on the cover to visit the author’s webpage for more info or to purchase.

Demon Key by David Brookover
Demon Key by David Brookover
The Hesitant Psychic by Sam Yulish, Ph.D.
The Hesitant Psychic by Sam Yulish, Ph.D.
Moonlight by Keith Knapp
Moonlight by Keith Knapp
The Forgotten Prophecy by Ray LeCara, Jr.
The Forgotten Prophecy by Ray LeCara, Jr.
Cosm by Stephen Anthony
Cosm by Stephen Anthony
The Literary Six by Vince A. Liaguno
The Literary Six by Vince A. Liaguno
Demon Slayer by Gabriel Common
Demon Slayer by Gabriel Common
Destinys Warriors by R.M Putnam
Destiny's Warriors by R.M Putnam
Those Made to Suffer by Philip Colander
Those Made to Suffer by Philip Colander
Torn by Dennison Rey
Torn by Dennison Rey
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