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. It’s the 4th Annual…
The month of October will once again 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, turn it into a Halloweenish piece that’s NO MORE THAN 899 WORDS (trust me, I’ve been doing this a long time — 899 is more than enough, and the fewer the words the more the readers) and post it in the comments below or email it via the contact thingy. If it strikes a chord I will post it as a guest post.
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, and there’s enough of that in real life. The fun kind of scary is what’s unknown. Unexplained. Supernatural. But of course Halloween doesn’t have to be scarifying either. It can be silly and weird, too. (You’ll see).
Bwa hah har hooooh…owww. Hurt muhself.