On the Shelf
Boo! And Other Ways to Scare Kids
October 31, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The top ten books for creeping out kids: a guide for parents.
“Give your ghost a life story, and other rules for writing a ghost story.”
What scares Neil Gaiman?
Scariest of all: “I wouldn’t have known about my Russian pirate translator had I not set a Google Alert for the title of my debut novel when it was published, in April 2011.” Peter Mountford chronicles an unlikely alliance.
“It was, perhaps, inevitable that Homo floresiensis, the three-foot-tall species of primitive human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, would come to be widely known as ‘hobbits.’ After all, like J. R. R. Tolkien’s creation, ‘they were a little people, about half our height.’ But a New Zealand scientist planning an event about the species has been banned from describing the ancient people as ‘hobbits’ by representatives of the Tolkien estate.”