To celebrate the first Halloween we have had since the Collections Blog began, we have pulled out some of our favourite spooky items from the archive. We present you with a mix of eery illustrations, terrifying typescripts and disquieting dummy books - enjoy!

Original artwork by Anthony Maitland for 'The Ghost of Thomas Kempe', by Penelope Lively, 1973

© Anthony Maitland
Typescript page from 'Howl's Moving Castle' by Diana Wynne Jones, Methuen 1986

© Diana Wynne Jones Estate
Typescript page for 'The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood' by Eva Ibbotson, 1987

© Eva Ibbotson Estate
Finished artwork by Gillian McClure for 'Tog the Ribber' written by Paul Coltman, Andre Deutsch 1985

© Gillian McClure
Page from dummy book by Helen Craig, for 'Angelina at the Fair', written by Katharine Holabird, Aurum Press 1985

© Helen Craig
Letter from Jill Murphy, author of 'The Worst Witch', to Kaye Webb, editor of Puffin Books, c. 1982

©Jill Murphy 
Print by Jan Pienkowski, commissioned by Seven Stories for the launch of the visitor centre in 2005

© Jan Pienkowski
Final illustrations for 'Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat', by Ursula Moray Williams, 1942

© Ursula Moray Williams Estate

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