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(Victoria, BC – 18 October 2006) Got your pumpkins and candy for Halloween yet? How about a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide or Encyclopedia of the Undead or even The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook in case the trick or treating turns nasty?

Ghost stories have been told for hundreds of years, while Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein helped create the horror genre in 1818, but there is a wealth of ‘alternative’ literature - including many useful how-to guides, manuals and handbooks - describing every aspect of identifying and combating demons, ghosts and the undead.

When it comes to the supernatural,, the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print-books, has enough scary books to raise the dead…and bury them again. Here are our (tongue-in-cheek) recommendations for Halloween reading to prove there is more to horror than Stephen King and Clive Barker:

When the living dead stagger up your driveway:

In the demon world, possession is nine-tenths of the law:

When it comes to evil spirits, recognition is half the battle:

Forget Buffy, essential guides to stakes through the heart and garlic as a lethal weapon:

If you can’t beat them, join them:

How lunar phases and eclipses influence dinnertime:

If your roses won’t bloom and weeds keep coming back, use witchcraft:

For scary movie fans:

And finally, how to put the ‘black magic’ back into your relationship:

thousands of booksellers list books for sale on, including The Haunted Bookshop in Iowa City where a ghost nicknamed Claire ensures “odd coincidences happen on an almost daily basis,” according to Nialle Sylvan, the owner. Nialle’s recommended book for Halloween is a mystery novel called The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley.


About is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of customers who purchase up to 25,000 books a day from its 5 global websites. A true internet success story, AbeBooks has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany, Spain and USA. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 67 among North American online retailers in June 2006.

Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr.,
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