Friday, 26 October 2012

Things that go bump in the night!

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

Dracula's Bedtime Story Book - tales to keep you awake at night
Count Dracula introduces chilling and hilarious tales about Jekyll and Hyde, the secret of Treasure Island, the truth concerning Noah's Ark, the mystery of Humpty Dumpty, British Scareways, Xmas at castle Drac and other scary but delightful tales. 

Jan Pienkowski's Haunted House
This wonderful pop-up book dares you to journey through a haunted mansion. Jan Pienkowski has created a scary world in which the eyes in the portraits follow you through the rooms. A spaghetti monster leaps from the refrigerator, and you come face to face with a hilarious blue alien. There are more than skeletons in this closet!

Nesta the little witch
Garbled spells yield ridiculous results at the School for Spells.The only student with any promise is little Nesta. Her cleverness earns the jealousy of her teachers, Windbag Wartnose and Morag the Hag, and they sabotage her. As the two cackle in the shadows of the witch lab, both are gobbled up by a monster (another student's project gone awry). Nesta releases the teachers to help clean up, but not without a warning--next time she might make a mistake "too big for a little witch to fix."

Now for a very different kind of ghost story!
The Lone Ranger and the Ghost Horse
Lots of wonderful memories here! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi Ho Silver!"  With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains, goes in search of a ghost horse!

 Vintage Christmas card - with added pumpkin! The witch is actually carrying a Christmas pudding - you can still see the steam if you look closely! But why would you want a witch at Christmas? Hey presto, with a little computer wizardry we have the perfect Halloween card! 

Happy Halloween - thanks for calling in.

Update July 2016: All the books featured are now sold. March House books closed on my retirement in 2015, but I am still happily blogging here at March of Time Books. Your visits are always appreciated.


  1. Good stuff again and well timed for this time of year

  2. barbaraannefisher26 October 2012 at 12:22

    Thanks John, I always appreciate your comments.

  3. Fantastic list of Halloween reads! Nesta sounds like a really cute book.

  4. The Desert Rocks26 October 2012 at 18:49

    I love that little witch and I might have read that Lone Ranger ghost horse tale. Too cute.

  5. Leigh Ann Harlan26 October 2012 at 18:57

    Hello! I'm a new follower from over at Book Blogs. I'd absolutely love for you to stop by and visit! Here's the link: MaMa's Book Corner

  6. These are wonderful, love the Witch card! Love your "goulies and ghosties" saying at the top!

  7. Some great Halloween books. I love the witch card too!

  8. Great books! Thanks for sharing them, Barbara. The spaghetti monster and blue alien sound wonderful. And I enjoy the cover of Dracula's Bedtime Storybook most.

  9. barbaraannefisher27 October 2012 at 14:58

    Fantastic list of Halloween reads! Nesta sounds like a really cute book.

  10. barbaraannefisher27 October 2012 at 14:59

    Hello Angela, thanks so much for your comment. I'm sorry Blogger won't post your comments automatically - I can't work out what the problem is but no worry I will just post them on your behalf.

  11. barbaraannefisher27 October 2012 at 15:10

    He Eve, She is a great little witch! The Lone Ranger took me back dozens of years to the time I used to watch it on a tiny black-and-white TV.

  12. barbaraannefisher27 October 2012 at 15:11

    Hello Leigh Ann Welcome to my blog. Thanks for following I will be over to visit you in a couple of ticks. Barbara

  13. barbaraannefisher27 October 2012 at 16:10

    The goulies and ghosties saying comes from family holidays to Cornwall, it used to be printed on just about every other postcard. I always understood it was called the Cornish prayer but according to the internet, it’s the Scottish prayer! Thanks for calling in.

  14. barbaraannefisher27 October 2012 at 16:18

    Thanks Darlene, I love everything about Halloween so it was a special pleasure to share these!

  15. barbaraannefisher27 October 2012 at 16:27

    Hello Claudine, I enjoy sharing, and I’m happy you like them.

  16. so many books, so little time27 October 2012 at 16:43

    I love Halloween, some great titles here too!


  17. I want all of these! What a selection! The cover of Dracula's Bedtime Storybookis so intriguining. I love the red and I am curious about the stories. Nesta looks so cute! Thanks for the Halloween reads!

  18. Great selection Barbara. They look like a lot of fun and I loved your vintage card - she is the perfect witch! I was also very tempted to use the Halloween litany you started with - I think its brilliant - but I had a feeling you were going to chose it as you put it in a comment on another blog a little while ago. Its Scottish I think - pity the person who wrote it seems to be lost in the mists of time.

  19. barbaraannefisher28 October 2012 at 01:07

    Thanks Lainy! I love Halloween too.

  20. barbaraannefisher28 October 2012 at 01:10

    There are some good things inside Dracula’s bedtime book – I’m not sure it would be an aid to restful sleeping – but good none the less!

  21. Wow..these are all so wonderful and fabulous..dazzling books and artwork..lovely blog you have..beautiful!
    PS; thankyou for your kind words and visit!

  22. barbaraannefisher28 October 2012 at 01:42

    Hi Sharon, that was very observant of you! I’ve always associated ‘long-leggedy beasties’ with Cornish pixies and pasties, but that was before I started trying to research it. I’ve come to the conclusion it could be Scottish or Welsh or as mentioned in the Oxford dictionary of quotes anonymous Cornish! I don’t think anyone really knows, but the words are perfect for Halloween, and I think you should use them.

  23. Hi Barbara. Great selection of books, they all look good :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment. I'm so glad to meet you.
    Love your blog!
    Hilde :)

  24. rusticvintagecountry28 October 2012 at 10:06

    This is a real treat, so glad I've found you! Suzy, your new follower. x

  25. barbaraannefisher28 October 2012 at 13:59

    Hello Victoria, thank you also for your kind words and visit! I really appreciate it. Barbara

  26. barbaraannefisher28 October 2012 at 14:01

    Hello Hilde,
    The feeling is entirely mutual – I love your blog too! Thanks for returning the visit. Barbara

  27. barbaraannefisher28 October 2012 at 14:14

    Hello Suzy, I'm glad you found me too. You have a lovely blog and some really nice things in your Etsy shops! I will be back for another visit soon.

  28. fun books! I used to have one about a bear who was a newscaster in the land of monsters or something... Ted E. Bear... now I will have to see if i can find it ;)

  29. Hi Barbara

    I love a spooky book! Do you celebrate Halloween in the UK? Love the vintage Christmas card, that witch looks a bit like one of the Pilgrims, I bet she's from Salem.

  30. barbaraannefisher29 October 2012 at 21:26

    Hello Joleene, I think there were several books about Ted E. Bear – Christmas comes to Monster Mountain featuring Ted E Bear and Ted E. Bear rescues Santa are two that come to mind. I hope you do manage to find your Ted E. Bear! Thanks for calling in

  31. barbaraannefisher29 October 2012 at 21:32

    Hi Michelle, how exciting a witch from Salem, maybe I should put her back in her box! There is a fair bit of trick or treating at this time of the year, plus a few Halloween Balls and that kind of thing. We always make sure we have lots of sweets and other treats available for anyone who comes knocking on the door. I just love to see the little one’s all dressed up in their Halloween costumes. How about you – do you celebrate?

  32. oh my gosh, Barbara. I don't know how you and the DMS do it, but you both find the most interesting and fun books. I have to say, from following your blog I so want to start a collection of collectible children's books. I can't believe someone thought up 'Dracula's Bedtime Stories'. You know, it's too bad adult books can't have these fun covers.

  33. barbaraannefisher5 November 2012 at 10:40

    Hello Donna, the DMS always have amazing books on their blog, I love visiting them.
    Collection children’s books become addictive, once you start you just won’t be able to stop – I know that from experience. Thanks so much for your comment.


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