Guess what, friends? Tomorrow — Sept. 3 — is Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark’s third birthday! Originally published by Chronicle Books on Sept. 3, 2019, my dark and eerie little baby is now officially a toddler. A very strange and unusual toddler, but given that I, myself, am strange and unusual, that’s to be expected.
In honor of both the occasion and the fact that it’s finally decorative gourd season again, I’ve got one signed, hardcover copy of Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark to give away!
You can scroll down or click here if you want to go directly to the giveaway (UPDATE: A winner has been chosen and accepted their prize! Thank you to all who entered!) — but in case you need a reminder, here’s what this whole thing is all about:
What is Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark?
Dangerous Games is about all those spooky, ritual-based urban legends and stories that so many of you seem to enjoy — the kinds of things we cover in our Most Dangerous Games section here at TGIMM. Its official publisher description is as follows:
“What begins as a test of bravery or a sleepover activity — chanting in front of a mirror, riding an elevator alone, taking pictures in the dark — can become something . . . dangerous. This compendium collects the most spine-chilling games based on urban legends from around the world. Centuries–old games such as Bloody Mary and Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board are detailed alongside new games from the internet age, like The Answer Man, a sinister voice that whispers secrets to whomever manages to contact him with a cellphone. With step-by-step instructions, historical context, and the stakes for each game, this black handbook is the ideal gift for anyone looking for a late-night thrill — but beware who, or what, may come out to play.”
Want to read an excerpt? Here’s one that was published over at CrimeReads in the leadup to its original publication.
Where can you find it?
Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark is available at a wide array of retailers large and small, online and off, and in both hardcover and e-book form, including, but not limited to:
- Barnes & Noble
- Chronicle Books (our dear publisher)
- And more;
- Indiebound (both these sites will tell you what indie sellers near you have the book; just input your ZIP code when asked. Also, if you like to shop local but Dangerous Games isn’t currently in stock, ask them if they can order it for you — most independent bookstores are happy to do so!)
And also a lot of fun shops and retailers like the Strand, which, as a former New Yorker, remains near and dear to my heart.
- Riva (the German edition’s publisher)
- Barnes & Noble (NOOK edition only)
- And Amazon (Kindle and paperback)
- Your local library may have a copy available, or be willing to order it for you! I love libraries! Libraries are great! Support your local libraries!
(UPDATE: The giveaway has concluded! A winner has been chosen and accepted their prize. Thank you to all who entered!)
AND FINALLY: In honor of Dangerous Games’ third birthday, let’s do a giveaway! I have a signed, hardcover copy of the book (the original English edition) to give to one lucky winner. If you want to throw your hat in the ring, enter at the link here. The entry period runs from Sept. 2, 2022 at 12am ET through Sept. 20, 2022 at 12am ET; a winner will be chosen at random from eligible and complete entries after the entry period closes.
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only; additionally, you must be 18 years of age to enter. The winner will be contacted by email, so make sure that you enter using an email account you check regularly.
Good luck, have fun, and happy decorative gourd season!