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Next Chapter Bookshop’s Haunted Attractions

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Halloween is approaching with haste and no spooky season is complete without festive costume parties and scary tales. This week offers an array of opportunities for book lovers to revel in the spine-chilling and hair-raising stories they love to fear, as Next Chapter Bookshop in Mequon hosts a pair of haunted attractions.

On Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., Next Chapter will be the site of a party complete with music, trivia and a costume contest inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Gaiman and his publishers have challenged independent bookshops across the country to throw “Graveyard Parties”—the bookstore that hosts the best party will not only be the talk of the town, but will also receive a visit from Gaiman. Gaiman is the author of literally hundreds of publications, ranging from Tori Amos tour books to comics, novels and films/screenplays. Best known for top sellers like Coraline and the DC Comics series The Sandman, Gaiman has long been acknowledged as a prolific literary creator. The Graveyard Book, a Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel inspired by Kipling’s The Jungle Book, includes murder, ghouls, trickery and family. Next Chapter’s celebration of The Graveyard Book combines fine literature with a holiday renowned for its fear and fright.

As an after-party, visit Next Chapter Bookshop on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. to hear Wisconsin author Diana Laurence, whose new dating guidebook will help you snag an immortal vampire sure to charm any warmblooded human. Halloween, a holiday surrounded by death and filled with ghosts and ghouls, provides the perfect backdrop for Laurence to share secrets from How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-By-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful. Some people like Sookie Stackhouse are lucky enough to have a vampire for a boyfriend, but for those on the hunt for a love that has some bite, this expert guide is a must-read. Just in time for Halloween, Laurence’s vampire dating guide is a very funny book that is sure to fascinate and entertain anyone interested in vampiric lore (and love!).

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