Halloween Haunts: When Taboo Becomes Tradition
by Carrie Lee South
When I tell non-horror people I write dark fiction, their response is often something like “Why? Don’t you want to think about something more positive?” But then autumn’s cold breath brings crisp leaves and suddenly, everyone “gets it.” Halloween. That most American of all holidays. Once a year, the neighborhoods parade out the fake skeletons and tombstones and we all invite death into our lives for a while.
In 1988, as a result of an accidental drowning, my sister died only a week away from her third birthday. Fifteen …