Though it started as a humble blog post back in 2010, the new tradition of “All Hallow’s Read“, that is, giving someone a scary book to read for Halloween, continues to grow. As author Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) explains in the zombie-mayhem-laden video below, this is not a substitute for candy. Candy is important (as is fake blood). But any reason we can take to send folks into libraries or bookstores, or even to their own bookshelves to pull out an old favorite seems to me a good cause to support.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


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Always enjoy your Friday posts, David. But this one is especially good. I do so hope All Hallow’s Read does become a part of Halloween celebrations starting now. I’ve shared it, let’s hope many others do, too.

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