In this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen, I chose The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. The reason: It is two weeks away from Halloween. I wanted a spooky book 👻. From a list of Halloween themed books, this one caught my eye.
I read books while I write my own so that 1. I don’t burn out
2. I get a much needed kick…I mean inspiration to write better 🤣
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The graveyard book reminded me about the power of simple writing. I can throw words like ‘Spell-binding’ and ‘haunting’, which it is. But the book is more than that.
It is oddly familiar. It grips at your heart like the smoky tendrils of a bad dream. Some places in the book, the ghouls’ lands for instance, are like visions of nightmares you might have had.
The story starts with the murder of a family. All except the youngest child. The killer is ruthless. The toddler was only spared because he had stumbled away to a graveyard. It is a chilling moment when the killer sniffs his way towards the baby.
The baby is rescued by the ghosts in the graveyard. He is granted Freedom of the Graveyard. There, he grows up to be a Nobody. He is Nobody Owens, or Bod for short.
We meet many interesting characters. Some are ghosts. Some are witches. Some are neither living nor dead, but at the edge of being both.
It is a short book, but there is a lot packed in the pages. If you are looking for a book for this spooky season, I would recommend you read The graveyard book.
Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope that you discovered something new today 😊
If you like a dark comedy for Halloween, be sure to check out my book Divine Error. It is also available on audible and iTunes. Books2read.com/Divine-Error