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How to Dress Up as Olive From Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

After I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I wanted to put together a costume inspired by the book. This story was so original I thought, especially with it’s creepy old photographs. I knew I couldn’t just pick any character; it had to be the little girl on the cover, Olive. Everyone would recognize the sullen levitating girl.
Everything was easy except for the dress. I had a dress that I kind of settled for. I couldn’t find the perfect one. Then it was like all the stars aligned and THE dress appeared on eBay exactly five days before I had to pack my suitcase and fly out to San Diego Comic Con, where I wanted to debut the outfit. I could not believe it. The same dress Olive is wearing! I know because I kept looking at the book and my screen a hundred times.
Ransom Riggs had a scheduled autograph signing and it was my intention to surprise the author. Everything turned out perfectly and I couldn’t have been happier.

How to Be Awesome At Reading a Horror Novel

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In October, everyone—even those of you who aren’t horror fans—is tempted to read a creepy novel. Here are five steps to follow when reading a scary story. You’ll be terrified in no time.

Books That Go Bump in the Night: Creepy YA Gothic Reads

Horror, science fiction, fantasy, suspense—all these categories came from Gothic literature. I devour 18th and 19th-century Gothic literature, from Shelley and Bronte to Poe, Dickens to Lovecraft, and all the neo-Gothic works today like Susanna Clarke and Michael Cox and Diane Setterfield. Several YA authors are embracing neo-Gothic literature and sharing retellings of famous Gothic works or incorporating elements of Gothic literature—like terror, horror, transgression, and Byronic heroes—into their stories.
I could go on for ages, but then I’d just recap my graduate thesis.
This Halloween (this autumn and winter, really—let’s be honest, the dark months are the best months for horror!), curl up in your biggest, comfiest chair, turn out all the lights save for one, and immerse yourself in these chilling reads.

Worst-Case Wednesday: How To Beat Death At Chess

We've all heart about making deals with Death, but what about when Death just wants to relax? He has feelings, too, you know. When he's not swapping fame and fortune for unsuspecting souls, everyone knows Death likes to kick back with a friendly game of chess. Of course, he's been around for eternity, which means he has more than a few tricks up those sleeves of his. (And they are big sleeves.) This means you need to resort to some wilier tactics to win, but not to worry! We've got your back, thanks to The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook: Paranormal Edition.

DIY Diction-Fairy and Beyond: Halloween Costumes You Can Make Out of Books

Of course it’s awesome to dress up as your favorite book character for Halloween, but why not take things a step further and use the pages themselves to craft up an outfit? Here are seven sorta-spooky DIYs for wearing your bookish heart on your sleeve this October 31.

How to Tuesday: How to Write a Novel on Your Nails, DIY Literary Manicures

They say that everything you need to write your novel is already at your fingertips; in this case, they’re 100% right! With a little newsprint and rubbing alcohol, you can cover your nails with text and make word art and nail art at the same time. Here’s how to do it:


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