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Halloween Haunts: Halloween Memories by K.R. Morrison

I’ve just come in from pulling the cornstalks and hanging them to dry. And next week, the high school will have its annual Homecoming Parade down our street. What, you ask, does this have to do with Halloween? These two activities signal, to me, the end of summer and the start of autumn. And they are the...

Halloween Haunts: Horror Writers Association Goes to the Library

This year, for the first time, the Horror Writers Association invited libraries to get involved with Halloween Haunts and help promote the event to their patrons. Libraries were asked to post HH announcements to their online sites, in their libraries, or to involve HH in their teen reads and literacy...

Halloween Haunts: Mass Grave by Colum Sanson-Regan

The Irish countryside is alive with spirits. On Halloween, the Celtic New Year, the thin veil between this world and the next slips. For the Celts, the year was divided in two, the bright half and the dark half. Halloween marks the beginning of that half of the year when the spirits hold dominion. The...

Halloween Haunts: The House of Hallows Eve by Anthony Crowley

The month of October has always made me feel comforted, I recall during my childhood years the local residents of Warley County in the West Midlands would prepare and speak of exciting travelling funfairs as the Halloween season approached. Fond memories of freshly made cakes and toffee apples became a...

Halloween Haunts: Halloween Lost by Kenneth W.Cain

My daughter told me she no longer wishes to go out on Halloween night. This worried me, the thought that our children would never know Halloween night the way prior generations have. For me, Halloween was a day of empowerment. A day when you could be any superhero you wanted. When you could scare the girls...

Halloween Haunts: I Don’t Get Zombies by Kristina Stancil

Zombies. I don’t get the fascination. Aside from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, a few scenes of Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies, and a handful of children’s movies where zombies play a role I have not had much interest in zombies. It is certainly has a wide fan base….especially in AMC’s The...

Halloween Haunts: The Enduring Popularity of Vampires by Michael J. McCann

There’s an ongoing fascination with vampires and the Undead, especially at Halloween. You can probably name a dozen novels and films/television series with vampire themes. Bram Stoker’s Dracula set forth all of the conventions that were copied—for better or worse—by subsequent generations of...

Halloween Haunts: Heady Ritual, Deviant Day by L. Andrew Cooper

Not yet at the time of this writing, but on October 31, 2014—barring unforeseen circumstances, such as stepping into an open hole in the sidewalk and being impaled on the metalwork below—I will spend much of the day writing a short story. This year is the 22nd in a row for which my big Halloween plans are...

Halloween Haunts: Back In My Day… by Armand Rosamilia

I’ll be 45 in November but some days I feel much older. I find myself talking about the Good Old Days and when I was a kid and saying things like you damn kids, get off my lawn. Halloween was a magical day when I was a child, and even into my teens. OK, late teens. I can remember all of the cheesy costumes...

Halloween Haunts: My Father’s Holiday by Jay Wilburn

Halloween is such an oddly pseudo-religious, family friendly, mildly inappropriate for children, cross generational, community oriented, unrecognized national holiday. It has all the bizarre mixtures of a surreal story element. If Halloween did not exist and an author invented it as a device for a story, it...

Halloween Haunts: The Darkness by J. Lincoln Fenn

It sounds corny, cliché, but the truth is that when I saw my mother’s body in the coffin at the wake, she looked…good. Like she was taking a well-deserved nap. There was no trace of the pancreatic tumor that had swollen her belly so she looked 8 months pregnant, her skin was luminous and there was even a...

Halloween Haunts: The Highwayman By David B. Riley

One of the first stories I ever had published is “The Highwayman.” I’ve actually managed to get it reprinted some 10 times over the years at various anthologies and such. It’s very short, kind of whimsical, and I tend to dust it off every October. I debated whether to use it for...

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