Yay! It’s October – better yet what I call ‘All things Spooky and Pumpkin’ Month! Now that is my ‘adult self’ talking. But as a kid, what I loved the most about October was Halloween candy and ‘spooky’ stories!
I think some of the best writers are the ones that are able to conjure up fear. As a writer, I always found it fascinating that words spun together told in a tale could actually frighten me whether I was lying in bed or reading in my classroom chair!
So I’m going to keep this blog brief, but celebratory! By the power invested by… well, me I guess, and my pumpkin spiced latte (quite possibly the best coffee flavor ever), I hereby salute all you masters of spooky tales and thank you for making my October fun-filled frightening and fantastic! Below are a few of my faves!
Stephen King: Pet Sematary… need I say more?
Rod Serling: The Twilight Zone is actually the reason I love horror and science fiction.
Washington Irving: Forget about the television show and actually read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for yourself! As a tradition I started with my husband back in 2005, on Halloween night after passing out candy to the neighborhood kids (and eating some ourselves, of course) we read the story and then watch the movie with Johnny Depp! Best way to cap off the holiday!
Edgar Allan Poe: No brainer!
Clive Barker: Candyman! Candyman! Candyman!
Alfred Hitchcock: Pure genius.
John Carpenter: Writer of ‘Halloween’ and creator of the ‘slasher’flick!
Feel free to share some of your favorites below!