Our free Halloween book page printables make perfect spooky wall art and add a little sophistication to the scary season!
I’d long considered Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus) to be the mother of both the horror and science fiction literary genres. And though she was well ahead of her time (she penned Frankenstein in 1818 at the tender age of 21), she wasn’t technically the first to conjure the supernatural from the written page.
That distinction goes to a man named Horace Walpole, an 18th century writer who penned what is considered to be the very first Gothic novel – The Castle of Otranto – in 1756.
Judged by today’s standards, neither Shelley nor Walpole would raise an eyebrow, much less quicken a heartbeat. But at the time, in their own day, their books were radically different than the usual flowery prose that poured from the pens of Romantic Era writers.
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Long before movies, television, and even radio, there was the written word. Without the crutch of force-fed visuals showing someone else’s interpretation, 18th and 19th century readers had only their own minds to translate the words on a page into haunting mental images. And in a time when science was still in its infancy, it’s fair to assume most readers would not have know for sure if what they read in those pages could actually happen out there in the dark and unknown corners of the “real” world.
But then came Edgar Allen Poe, and the horror genre took a quantum leap forward. His stories juxtaposed reason and reality with off-kilter madness and tension. His characters are tormented souls, and one can’t help but wonder when reading, where did the madness begin and end…and did it extend back up the quill and into the author?
I guess you could say I’ve been a student of horror my entire life. Not only did I fall in love with on-screen horror when my years numbered in the single digits, but I remember reading Poe short stories long before I could fully understand them.
And let’s not forget The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs. If you haven’t read the original, you’ve almost certainly come across the oft-adapted story – that of a shriveled monkey’s paw that grants wishes…but not without a price. That story is burned into my memory from a very young age.
There is a catharsis in horror – it’s like an aerobic workout for the soul. There is tremendous satisfaction (for those of us who enjoy the genre) in getting scared out of our wits, because the rational part of us knows that when the credits roll, we can get up and walk away, with all limbs attached and no missing vital organs.
Handan wasn’t much into horror before she met me, and now she doesn’t really have much of a choice, lol! But she gamely comes along for the ride, and if the movie is too scary, well, there’s always Pinterest! It’s funny, though, what we each consider to be “scary.”
My babes is most terrified of slasher-type horror movies, or to be more precise, movies in which the “bad guy” is an actual human being. It frightens her, because in her mind, she’s able to envision it actually happening in real life. But for me, any horror movie starring a human (even a supernatural one like Freddy Kreuger) comes across more like comedy. There’s just never been one that has scared me.
Nope. Not one.
You see, my panic button can only be pressed by the supernatural. That’s why my list of scariest movies is headed up by The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, and haunted house movies like George C. Scott’s The Changeling. For me, the terror is in the unknown.
Men are known.
Monsters are known.
Ghosts and demons are not.
So with that, we hope you enjoy this selection of Halloween book page printables. They are not so scary, but they will certainly add a tiny touch of spook to your October, as we all count down the days until All Hallows Eve.
Stay safe, my friends, stay healthy, and remember to check under the bed and in the closets. You never know who, or what, may be lurking in the shadows…
And for those of you (I know you’re out there) who can’t stand horror and think Halloween is a terrible idea, fear not! Next week will be our last for posting Halloween content, and then it’s back to fall decor, non-seasonal projects and then…CHRISTMAS crafts!
Free Halloween Book Page Printables
As usual, here is some information on the printables: we designed these free Halloween book page printables in three colors and to fit into a 16×20 inch frame or a 24×36 poster frame, though you may scale them up or down as necessary. 24×36 inch scales down easily to 20×30 / 16×24 / 12×18 / 8×12 / 4×6 inches, and 16×20 inch scales down to 12×15 / 8×10 / 4×5 inches with no problems. If you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them using your home printer, then check out our “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post.
Note: If you don’t have a large format printer like the Canon i8720 Printer (prints up to 13×19 inches) and are wondering the best place to get these large printables printed bigger than 8×12, we recommend trying Staples in your area or Amazon print shop. Both stores offer custom-sized prints on matte or glossy paper, and they both cost about the same. Staples also offers Engineering Prints, which are really affordable for large-format prints, but in some areas (like ours), they must be ordered from their online print shop.
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