Book Review: The Horror Handbook & Giveaway

What happens to a vampire when he dies?

How does somebody become a werewolf?

How can you protect yourself from witches?

All of these questions and more are answered in this book, which will finally give you all the information you ever wanted to know about ghosts, zombies, monsters and all kinds of creepy-crawly creatures that give us the heebie-jeebies.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Today I bring you a review of a super book for Halloween, The Horror Handbook by Paul van Loon and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The book is split into 8 different sections:

The Art of Horror




The Walking Dead



Horror Films

Three Classic Horror Books

I absolutely love how each section gives a background on the monster in question, if that is the case. Readers will be able to learn about the different kinds of ghosts, how to spot a werewolf and what an exorcist is.

My favourite part of the book was the second to last section focusing on Horror Films. Now, this section does reference a lot of classic horror films, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street but it does so in a really funny way and a way in which it is suitable for children. Okay, older children but still! The book also says that these films really are scary and shouldn’t be watched until you’re old enough.

The whole book is really interesting and I’m saying that as an adult. I can only imagine how children will feel reading this.


I have one copy of The Horror Handbook to giveaway to one lucky reader. Enter by the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be drawn at random on 21st November. UK entrants only.

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. We were sent this product for review but all opinions are our own. 

30 thoughts on “Book Review: The Horror Handbook & Giveaway”

  1. Sounds like a great book. I think I will pass on entering the giveaway though as I am sure my son would find it too scary. I will watch out for future ones though!

  2. I think I would be hiding my head under a pillow, even just reading about it – I am such a scaredy cat and watching Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 16 scarred me for life! haha Seriously though, sounds like a fabulously interesting book to read!

  3. After rewatching Ginger Snaps recently I would love to read a bit more about werewolves, although being a self confessed horror addict anything to do with horror classic or new interests me. ?

  4. I would like to know more about zombies.I think they are the scariest as anyone cane become a zombie.The rest are born that way.

  5. My children would like to find out more about the bogeyman, we often debate whether the bogeyman covers you in green snot or whether he serves up crusty bogey pie as punishment…although my 6 year old doesn’t think eating bogeys is a punishment lol….I on the other hand would love to know more about Zombies, Im a self confessed zombie geek 😀

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