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It’s Halloween. Let’s have some scary books.

It’s Halloween weekend. What are some of your favorite scary books?

A few of mine:

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

The Stand, Stephen King

The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty

Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer

By scary, I mean these books had me holding my breath, curled in a ball, creeped out, watching over my shoulder, with goosebumps on my arms. In other words, I loved them.

How about you?

Happy Halloween


Here it is: the photo to instill chills in you. MIMES. Even worse: mimes full of teenage angst. I am among them. Woooo.

As for why “blank eyes, automatons, masks and ventriloquists’ dolls” instill fear, here’s an explanation. Zombie faces: why are we afraid of them?

[T]he empty eyes of a zombie figure in an otherwise human face is highly disconcerting. And it explains why the faces of dolls, clowns and dummies are used so regularly to frighten audiences.

“A consistent finding of the survey was people’s reactions to images where the face was convincingly human but with lifeless eyes or where eerily human eyes appeared in a non-human face.”

Look on our pancake makeup, humans, and creep yourselves out. Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Good All Hallows Eve. Before you slice open a vein attempting to carve your jack-o’-lantern, or hide in the bushes and eat that entire Hefty bag of candy you intended to hand out to trick or treaters (okay, by “you,” I mean “me”) — tell me: what are the scariest books you’ve ever read? The scariest movies you’ve ever seen?

My choices:

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty
The Stand, Stephen King

Pumpkin mob advances

Two pumpkins have appeared and are sitting on top of my fence. I think our jack-o’-lantern has drawn them. I also think I should see if more of them are massing on the driveway, and maybe check the house for pods.

Happy Halloween.

What’s your Halloween costume?

Who’s dressing up for Halloween? In past years I’ve been a dead stewardess, handed out candy dressed as the Ghost of Donna Reed (white makeup, early sixties flip hairdo, Salvation Army polyester dress, and an empty casserole dish) and joined the Husband as a member of the Dead Altar Boys (the world’s only All Ghoul Heavy Metal Gospel band — I played bass). This year, I don’t know if I should shed my normal daywear — leopard skin leggings, chinchilla coat, tiara, pink mules — for something crazy.

In the meantime, here are a few items for the haunted house:

The Dead Tauntaun Wedding Cake — comes with Luke Skywalker stuffed inside the beast’s exploding intestines.

The Walmart Coffin. (“Prices range from a ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad Remembered’ steel coffin for $895 (£540), to a bronze model at $2,899.”)

(Thanks to Dan for the “Empire Strikes Cake” link.)

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