Happy Halloween, readers!
Besides Thanksgiving, Halloween is my favourite time of the year. Its spooky atmosphere makes me shivery with delight! I like to revisit Ray Bradbury’s October Country or The Halloween Tree, or Something Wicked This Way Comes (I covet this, by the way), or Agatha Christie’s Halloween Party (lamentably not one of which I was able to fit in this year), and snuggle with the hubby and dog and watch cheesy horror flicks or, much better, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I love sitting in the living room at night and watching brown and vermilion leaves skip and swirl dryly down the shining wet street. Mmm. Bradbury captured October Country better:
that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain . . .
I actually had a long post, a fun horror review, prepared for today, but on talking with the author, we decided that the review would be better left for a time closer to the release date of the book. The fact is, I can give you the review but you won’t be able to check out the book for at least a year. So it’s of no great use to you.
Which leaves me woefully unprepared. I’m sorry. I hope you’ll forgive me if I repost last year’s week of blog entries leading up to Halloween. In fact, they’re quite fun, I thought, and if you didn’t already see them, you may enjoy taking a trip through them. If you have already read the posts, you might not mind revisiting the links and videos again.
Last year on the blog, I wrote a post about getting ready for Halloween with some of my favourite books and movies. Then I celebrated by doing a week of awesome (if I do say so myself!) Halloween Treat Classics posts—no tricks! only treats.
- John Buchan’s 39 Steps
- CBC Halloween archives (tidbit: Samhain should actually be pronounced “sah-win”)
- Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart
- Boris Karloff’s Tales of the Frightened
- Disney’s Chernabog, Hell’s Bells, and Lonesome Ghosts
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- and my very favourite, Alfred Hitchcock’s Ghost Stories for Young People.
Oh, click click click! I want to share these with you. I hope you enjoy! Wishing you a deliciously shivery Halloweeeen…
Hark! Hark to the wind!
‘Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away-
The dead, forgotten this many a day! – Virna Sheard