As I write this, tis predawn of Halloween 2019. Ghouls and goblins may be out, but what are they doing?
Due to numerous spooky choices, reading or watching films are good alternatives.
Being a writer of fantasy and horror yarns, this time each year there are certain books I hope to read. I have read Dracula and found it most interesting with the article or diary form with which it presents its narrative. I also enjoyed the dark vision of Stephen King’s end of the world epic, The Stand. He has also authored many chilling short stories I like. I’ve only enjoyably read the short fiction of his fright master peer, Clive Barker.
Just this year I again started a book of Edgar Allan Poe short stories which included The Fall of the House of Usher. Alas, the third attempt was not the charm. I think it is mainly just his elaborately descriptive writing style that distances me from Poe. I am more fascinated by the story of his life then his written works.
In regards to my meager writings, I did once raise Poe to participate in a ghostly short story of mine found in the collection called Summoned Secrets. That book is among my offerings at lulu, which I hope you’ll consider ordering for a spooky read. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/wrigler?fbclid=IwAR1xScodEO1tdQ6VikTvtvxfcI9uFZNPPs792UWO5d_XUpgDvJpn9B2k_2I
Another book of my writings is titled Stranger Thoughts. Its story offerings include the tale of a distraught widower who finds something suspicious Within The Water and there are also meditations on the horror of dating. What could be scarier? This book is from Rowanvale Books. It can be bought via Amazon or direct from publisher. https://www.rowanvalebooks.com/book/stranger-thoughts
I also have a longer yarn from Rowanvale which is suitable for this season as it mixes horror, fantasy, and adventure. Titled Certain Shadows I Have Known, it tells the story of an unbelieving hit man who tackles paranormal contracts for a ruthless mobster. The hit man figures taking such assignments is just a good way to make an extra buck. Then strange things start to happen. This book currently can be purchased at amazon. https://www.rowanvalebooks.com/book/certain-shadows-i-have-known
Favorite films for Halloween is a long list. Highlights include 2007’s Rob Zombie directed remake of Halloween starring Malcolm McDowell. This reveals the horrors tht befell a young Michael Myers to lead him on a seemingly supernatural spree of violence. This remake is far more graphic and brutally violent then its original. McDowell reinvents the doctor character of Loomis originally brought to life by British character actor extraordinaire Donald Pleasence. When the doctor’ treatment of the incarcerated Myers proves unsuccessful, Loomis takes a more physical part in the pursuit.
Another favorite for the season is 1951’s black and white Man With A Cloak which appropriately transpires on Halloween. The atmospheric picture has a noir quality as Joseph Cotton attempts to aid innocent Leslie Caron achieve an inheritance that dastardly Barbara Stanwyck has her eyes on. The identity of Cotton’s character remains a mystery till the end.
To return to the master of the macabre’s ideas, 1964’s The Tomb of Ligeia stars Vincent Price and Elizabeth Shepherd. Price plays a grieving widower whose wife haunts him as he enters into his next relationship. And thus with this tale we find ourselves again at Edgar Allan Poe.
Whether you indulge yourself with the printed page or a spooky film, have a ghoulishly good Halloween.