Oct 1, 2015

The Great October Book Giveaway - Neil Gaiman

These books are now heading out to haunt:

~ Birgit
~ Autumn Earthsong

Congrats! I'll contact you shortly!

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Once upon a time, I gave away four books in the month of October. I enjoyed it a great deal and decided to continue the tradition the following year. I thought that perhaps I should name my October book party something clever, and the name "All Hallows Read" came to me, which I thought was perfect! And it was perfect - so perfect that Neil Gaiman had already thought of it. Thanks Neil.

Fast forward several years later, and I'm now giving away oodles (a scientific term) of books, and Neil and I are good. I have since forgiven him, and discovered his reimagined "Hansel & Gretel" with dark and stunning illustrations by Italian artist Lorenzo Mattotti.



Neil talks a bit about the horror of Hansel and Gretel for him as a child, and why you should make children aware of dark things, in this brief interview.

I have two copies of this gorgeous fairy tale up for grabs (sadly, unsigned, but still fabulous). If you want to revisit this story, curled up with a blanket on a cold October night, leave a comment below. I will draw two names on Monday, October 5th at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) and update this post to let you know who the lucky folks are.

Thanks for joining me again for another October of mischief! If you don't see something that tingles your spine, stick around. Something else is bound to creep up.


*Giveaway rules/regs are right here. Simply make sure this is legit where you are and we are good.

*Photos are used only to showcase the featured title. They are linked back to source, and are copyright Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti.

51 comments:

Claire Frances said...

I've always found Hansel and Gretel genuinely sinister. Perhaps because it involves the treacherous tricking of innocent children by a horrid old woman. Its perfect for a Halloween read. I would love to win a copy! And if I don't I hope whoever wins it has a spooky good read!

mcbeth said...

I follow your blog, I have been wanting to get a good book to read in October, I think this would fit the bill

Melisa Glassford said...

I love your blog! Happy October!

Sharon Rawson said...

This sounds like wonderful fun!
I have always thought that even though the witch was horrendous, that the parents were more so!

Alafosca said...

That'a a really neat idea! Love it!

Rue said...

Agreed, Sharon - in my eyes, the parents were always the real monsters in this story.

sunshine97827 said...

That book was nightmare material when I was little. And to top it off, my grandmother cooked on a cook stove.

Tea Witch said...

I love your giveaways. I love fairy tales. What a spectacular idea :)

autumnearthsong.com said...

I love your blog..and books ....especially gifted ones! This one looks fabulous!

Eliora said...

What a marvelous way to celebrate October, Jen ! <3

Stephanie Clayton said...

This would be an amazing win! My daughter is getting older and she loves spooky stuff as much as I do. October is our 2nd favorite month (after her birth month of April, of course) and we both love everything Halloween. I've been looking forward to sharing the original fairy tales with her once she is old enough (only 7 right now).

Lisa Teaney said...

That would be so cool to win!! My kids are old enough that my daughter would like to read it.

Just Start Drawing said...

First I followed your blog (probably from Mrs. B's way back when, then we became facebook friends.

I read this just recently, from the library. As always Gaiman is amazing and Mattotti's illustrations are a joy to dive into.

Tami Murray Cline

Clanori said...

I love your blog thanks for doing this

Rebecca Powell said...

I first found your blog through your October giveaways a few years ago, and I've been so glad I did so :) I love seeing them come up every year too! Obviously because I love the chance to win awesome books, haha, but also because it marks an anniversary of sorts.

The StarFire Witch / Bald Girl said...

Neil and Amanda. Just welcomed their new baby boy...
I love Mr.Gaiman... Such a wonderful story teller. I can only imagine he will tell such amazing tales to his baby boy.
Please sign me up for the draw.
Starfirewitch AT gmail.com

Danni said...

A dark fairy tale on a dark night, with a dark cup of something hot sounds like the perfect Autumn night to me.

Christine Candora-Hickey said...

Hubby is a big fan of Neil Gaiman and has turned me on to reading some of his work. The Graveyard Book was fantastic! This sounds wonderfully horrific :)

orion`s daughter said...

I adore Neil. I've never read this book, which, combined with the illustrations, sounds like a great read!

Pits&Kits said...

A very fitting giveaway for this time of year!

Rhiannon Sage said...

Perfect giveaway for my favorite month!! Happy October!!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Darling girl, you and I have had the pleasure of knowing each other in the blogosphere for some years now. I also have been a client and happy recipient of your loving kindness. Lucky me.
I would love to enter this giveaway because Neil rocks and so do you. xoxo Oma Linda

Tina said...

How wonderful! Hansel & Gretel is so inherently creepy and Neil Gaiman is a master. I love that you do this giveaway!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

How delicious! Please add my name to the cauldron! :) Happy October! Best month ever! :)

patitozer said...

A favourite story of mine! Such frightening parenting! ~Pati
(I apologize if I managed to post this a few times...today is not a tech-savvy day)

rowan said...

I have loved your blog for years! Thank you for always doing this giveaway. Even if I never win a thing, I always come away with some good titles to search for in the coming months!! :-) Love me some Neil Gaiman!!

Engie Willow said...

Yay Neil Gaiman! This book is on my wishlist. Thank you for doing these generous and amazing giveaways. ^_^

Jennifer Hodgson said...

Congrats!!! I am so happy for you!

Miz Sharon said...

Rue, girlfriend, you are too cool! Drop by and visit me sometimes at my blog sharonmas.wordpress.com

Rommy said...

Ooh! I really love Neil Gaiman. Anansi Boys is a favorite of mine.

mxtodis123 said...

Been a follower since 2009. Would love to win this book.

StageGoddess said...

Neil is one of my favorite authors but I haven't read this one!!

Sherry Bettis said...

Ohhhhh this looks like my kind of October spooky evening!

William Jones said...

Not going tto play this week, but I will share.

Nydia said...

I love Neil Gaiman, and devored the Sandman series while on my love's house last year. :) That said, I'll be crossing fingers and toes for this one! ❤️

BrigidsBlest said...

Hey, a Neil Gaiman book I don't have. This looks awesome.

Magaly Guerrero said...

October is the perfect month to give books--the weather is cooling, the days are getting darker... and we all know how much yummier Neil Gaiman books are in the dark. ;-)

Birgit said...

Hi Jen,

How lovely to see some well-known names here in the comments -- some lovely people who also enjoy visiting with you. :)

Thanks for your generosity -- and a Neil Gaiman book is just the perfect start. :) Thanks also for the winning chance.

Hugs,
Birgit

PS: You know that I follow your blog and also subscribe to email alerts for new posts. :)

Eveline Maedel said...

This looks delicious!! :)
~Eveline
(blog follower)

Siduri said...

Very much enjoy following your blog! Giveaways are always fun, thanks for doing it.

Renee Olson said...

Haven't read this one. +1, Tweeted and FB Shared - LOL

Guinneth said...

OMG, this is SOOOOO on my wish list!

Colleen Beaty said...

Great giveaway - I love Neil Gaiman's aesthetic as a writer, so his take on Hansel & Gretel sounds amazing!

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh, I love Neil's writing.

Lilac Wolf (Angie or Angela) said...

I naerly purchased this last month. I would love to win.

Unknown said...

I'm not very familiar with the real Hansel and gretel story. I'd love to add this to my collection. I'm in Georgia, USA and I have been following your blog for about 4 years. Merry meet and merry part!!

lillie8302 said...

I've been following your blog for a bit now, it's always inspiring. And this giveaway is great! I love the twists and unique perspectives that Gaiman adds to fantasy stories.

Isabel DuneWitch said...

Ooh I love this idea! I'm such a Gaiman fan. Crossing my fingers :)

Fear Street said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win :)

-Amber Terry-

starry_night1987(at)yahoo(dot)com

Misty Fouquet said...

I love Neil! I just finished reading his book, Good Omens, he wrote with Terry Pratchett. It was awesome!!

Birgit said...

I am very happy -- thanks so much, Jen! :)