Halloweenish Things

There was no Halloween in Germany when I grew up. I was sure it was only a strange ritual that you saw in movies which of course didn’t exist in the real world. When I moved to Los Angeles I had no idea that October grows spider webs in every hedge, skulls on the lawns, gravestones and dead pirates hanging from apple trees. I had never seen a rotting corpse crawling around in a front yard, a dead witch glued to the wall of a rather nice looking house. I had never carved a pumpkin or dressed up on October 31st. But here I was, and everyone around me whispered: “Halloweeeeen!!!!” smiling as happily as a German child on Christmas!

It sometimes still feels as if I stepped into one of the movies I watched on a black & white TV as a child! Spotted with some blood of course. But I have a very good Halloween teacher. My Cuban assistant (and friend) Angie is so obsessed with Halloween that she has her costumes planned for at least three years. Last year she had a knife stuck in her forehead and this year she is determined to dress up her dog.

Halloween. How did I ever live without it? How was it possible to feel the cold breath of autumn and not see the Dead rise from their graves. How did I live through so many darkening autumn days without seeing the witches in the trees and dark elves haunting the forest behind our house? Halloween taught me that all these creatures have their countries and local origins as much as we do. Each region of this planet breeds its very own winter spirits. Sometimes they are as cheerful as the skeletons dancing on the graves in Mexico on El Dia de los Muertos – maybe the good weather does miracles even for the Dead – and sometimes they are almost forgotten like the spirits that for sure once haunted cold German autumn nights! Looking at Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland I think these wet grounds breed an especially rich crowd of Halloween creatures. A writer could spend seven life times telling their stories but then…..it is of course even more fun to meet them trick and treating in a dark street right in front of your door!:)

Happy Halloween from Los Angeles, where the ghosts speak both English and Spanish! In fact they speak 128 languages here!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cornelia Funke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inkheart trilogy (Chicken House), Reckless and a whole host of popular children’s novels and picture books. She has sold over 10 million books worldwide, with over 7 million of those books in the English language. Born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten, Cornelia initially worked as an illustrator but soon began writing her own stories. Cornelia lives with her family in LA in a house full of books. (Photo © Gillian Crane)

ABOUT THE BOOKA thrilling tale of bravery, friendship… and ghosts. Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. But then he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, or become a modern-day chapter in an ancient feud either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure… Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder, while being haunted by ghosts intent on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longespee for his protection, there’s just one question – can Longespee really be trusted?

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GIVEAWAY!

Indigo is giving away a signed finished hardback copy of Ghost Knight.

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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

36 Comments


Amanda j October 21, 2012 at 8:13 am

Love the sound of this book, can’t wait to read it.

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Andrea Chettle October 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Great looking book Just right for Halloween! Thanks for a great give away

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Mel S October 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I have to admit my parent never really celebrated Halloween either (it’s only become big in the UK over the last few years…), but while I don’t dress up these days I do enjoy all the decorations and fun the festival creates! :-)

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Samina October 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Ghosts don’t even need to speak a language to scare the living daylights out of me.

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Julie Witt October 22, 2012 at 12:56 am

This sounds like a wonderfully creepy book I can share with my older kids! Thanks for bringing it to my attention:)

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Natalie Cleary October 22, 2012 at 7:35 am

Thanks for the chance. Love the sound of this :)

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Brian October 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Laura October 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Would love to receive this….sounds cracking!

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STUART HARGREAVES October 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

EXCELLENT COMP

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Natasha Corder October 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Would love this! Please put me in the draw, thanks!

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Val Swift October 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Great giveaway, I would love to read it

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Barrie Phillips October 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Great giveawy

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Kirsten Barthy October 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I enjoyed the Inkheart Trilogy

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Rhiannon Alwen October 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

No, I don’t remember much of a fuss being made about Halloween when I was young in the UK.
But I bet the kids of today love it, so I can’t really begrudge them it.

:)

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maureen findley October 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

please enter me

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Chris Bails October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Please enter me into the giveaway. I love the Inkheart series and this looks like another good read. My daughter is reading Inkheart at school and doing a play about it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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John Coughlin October 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I have a signed copy of the excellent Inkheart on my bookshelf and would love this to accompany it

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joanne October 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

looks like a good read x

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shane weir October 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

great comp

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Lynsey Buchanan October 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

another great giveasway

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Alison October 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Sounds a brilliant book

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Solange October 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Great giveaway

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Alex McKay October 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

As I primary school teacher I know how much the children love these books! Another winner I’m sure.

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Mickie Bull October 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Awesome giveaway!

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Megan McDade October 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Halloween isn’t as big here in the UK as it is in the US. I wish it was I like halloween not only cause its my birthday the day before but I love hoildays :) Any will do!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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ellie October 24, 2012 at 5:09 am

Cheers for the giveaway!

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Tegan October 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

Looking forward to reading this one!

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Annabelle H October 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Awesome giveaway!

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Rachel October 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Great giveaway

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Peter Gilby October 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

awesome giveaway

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Lily October 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Great prize!

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Amy Watson October 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Perfect for Halloween :)

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Dee H October 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

My kids love her books so this would make a handy stocking filler for the C word

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Karis B October 31, 2012 at 2:16 am

Sounds great!

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Kulsuma October 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Anne McCutcheon October 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I would love to win this!

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