Just say it. Let it clunk about in the back of your throat: October. It’s the coolest name for a month, and the coolest month by far. The earth itself (the top half, anyway) is literally cooling down, the air getting damp. Spiders are spinning webs, skeleton hands clawing their way through moist earth towards the night. Coffins creaking open, full moons shining, wolves howling. Good times.
Yes, Halloween is coming. Spookiness will soon be afoot. And I for one cannot wait.
The month of October will be a month of Halloweeny fun here on Waltbox. I love a good horror story now and again. Not too often, mind you. because I scare too easily and I’m slow to recover – which may be why the genre doesn’t run too terribly deep in my writerly bones. But by way of celebrating the season I will be trotting out a few pieces from the archives, and a few new ones that are stewing in the cauldron as well. We will revel in the dark, with ghosts and killers and the undead. It will be a hoot.
And you are invited!
To read of course, yes, but also to share, if you’d like. If you sense that someone, or something, is watching you, standing behind you in the dark, reaching out to lay a claw on your shoulder while you fumble for the light, and if you want to turn it into a Halloweenish piece that’s roughly 500 to 1000 words, you can either post it in the comments below or email it via the contact thingy. If it strikes a chord I may post it as a guest post (with your permission, of course).
Just one thing to remember: we here at Waltbox (and by we I mean I, you know, the royal we) are not into gore for gore’s sake. A bloodbath is not scary, just unpleasant and tragic. What’s really scary is the unknown. The unexplained. The supernatural. But of course Halloween doesn’t have to be horrifying either. It can be silly and weird, too. You’ll see.
I can’t wait!