Halloween Musings

Halloween is upon us.

Although the pandemic prevents many of us from celebrating the holiday in a traditional fashion, we still might enjoy the crisp autumn air, the growing nighttime shadows, and the nagging belief that spirits stir from the grave.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

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After handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this evening, crack open a collection of ghost stories or watch a treasured horror film.

Remember the spirit of the holiday needs not depart at the stroke of midnight.

As long as you feel autumn in the air, the fun and mystery of Halloween linger. Enjoy.

A Halloween Classic

Every October, I celebrate the Halloween season by reading a collection or two of ghost stories. I fell in love with such tales during my childhood.

Recently, I happened upon an excellent documentary on the author H.P. Lovecraft. In this film, John Carpenter, famous for directing Halloween and other genre classics, recollected first encountering the writings of Lovecraft. Carpenter’s father gave him a copy of Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, an anthology containing several Lovecraft stories. Continue reading