Hello, dear reader! I’m doing Horrordailies this year, really for realz. Halloween is my favorite holiday and one of the best things about October–aside from my birthday, heh–is that all month long, not only is it socially acceptable to get into the creepy, the spooky, and the utterly macabre, we’re encouraged to do so. Television channels and streaming services run horror shows, series, and movies. Storefronts and front yards are decked out in cobwebs and headstones and monsters, oh my. Local establishments run horror-themed events. Streaming stations play eerie ambient music. Then, at the end, all the little goblins come out for their candy.
But we shall not despair because October is also one of the most beautiful months of the year in the northern hemisphere. The trees go out in a blaze of autumn glory. Chrysanthemums, pansies, asters, and dianthus burst into color. The air carries a faint whiff of chimney smoke as people light their first fires of the season. And pumpkins! Pumpkins everywhere!
Yes, I like pumpkin muffins.
Don’t judge me.
In fact, one of my favorite things to do in October is put on my flannel jammies, have a pumpkin muffin and some warm cider, and read horror stories, preferably on paper. I prefer short stories—a different fright a night—and my tastes runs toward vampires, but I’ll give anything a shot if it has either fright or fangs (including hilarious fangs) in store. Here are some of my favorites:
Do you have a favorite horror writer or collection of horror stories? Do share in the comments.
Looking forward to sharing a month of supernatural sensations and ghostly goodies with you, along with some dark poetry and vampire poetry. It’s my catharsis, only now I get to show it and no one can say boo, heh. Enjoy!