Saturday, October 20, 2012

31 Days hath October

I have two Halloween "bucket list" items.  The first is to watch a horror movie per day for the month of October.  I have not managed that one yet.  With no "man cave" and young children, I probably won't get to it anytime soon.  Though, I do try to watch at least one horror movie in October - sometimes I even manage to watch one on Halloween.

The second item on the list is to read one horror short story per day for the month of October.  I've been meaning to do that for a few years now.  I hadn't really planned on it happening this year, but I jumped in at the beginning of the month, almost on a whim.

I have been averaging reading one horror story per day.  I say "average" because my wife's birthday comes at the beginning of the month and I tend to get focused on that, forgetting that the Halloween season has started.  Also, I spent the past week away on a rare business trip.  But, I was able to catch up and front load my reading on the plane flights.

It is October 20th, and I have read twenty-one short stories and novellas so far.  Most of my selection is coming from a single anthology, American Supernatural Tales, edited by S. T. Joshi.  When I finish it, I'll put up a fuller review, but generally it's a really good selection of titles that usually don't make the standard classic horror anthologies.

I pulled some other stories from Kindle collections & anthologies while I was traveling - all Cthulhu mythos tales.  I've been in the mood for that lately for some reason or other.

I hope you're having a fun Halloween season, too!


  1. Very cool Paul, I haven't read that one of Joshi's but I do have his Great Tales of Terror that I have been meaning to start (among so many others)

  2. That looks like an interesting collection. For all my many issues with Joshi he's a good editor.

    My wife and I try to watch a ton of Halloween appropriate movies for the month. Since she's not big on most outright horror it means our viewing includes "The Worst Witch" and "Halloweentown" every year as well as "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "Curse of the Demon"

  3. I'm gonna do that short story thing next year. I'm not even reading a horror novel right now. I need to get in the holiday mood.

  4. I like the idea of a horror story a day. I'll have to try that next year. I'd also be interested in see a list of what you've read once Halloween has passed.