It's a dreary, rainy night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Trees are already shedding their leaves, and the most wondrous of seasons, fall, is officially upon us -- it won't be long, now, before the very streets I walk through incessantly inspire me to reread my favorite stories from The October Country.
Needless to say, I've been thinking of ways to best enjoy the Halloween season. Of course, those ways involve reading a lot of books and watching a lot of movies. Here's what I've got in mind.
• Tonight, Cindy and I are attending a midnight screening of Ti West's homage to 1970s horror cinema, The House of the Devil. This new, stylish trailer has certainly raised my expectations.
• I'm looking forward to David Herter's October Dark, the latest entry in Earthling Publications' (who first brought us Conrad Williams' The Unblemished) line of Halloween books. Don't think of balking at the $50 price tag: The Unblemished is one of the most beautiful book objects in my collection, and October Dark promises to be no different. Still unconvinced? October Dark also boasts a wonderfully Bradburyesque cover (above), an introduction by Jeffrey Ford, and an irresistible plot.
• On October 6, the Halloween-themed anthology film Trick 'R Treat finally sees the light of day on DVD. Hollywood studios planned multiple theatrical releases for this well-reviewed film, only to shelve it time and again. Amazon.com reviews, while not always the most reliable, support other reviews I've read around the web: Trick 'R Treat, surely, has the potential to be a new seasonal favorite.
• On the mass-market-paperback front, keep an eye open for Sarah Langan's new novel, Audrey's Door, due for release next week. Langan's already proven to be a master of the Stephen King-style, small-town horror novel (The Missing may be the best of its kind since King's own 'Salem's Lot). Now, she turns her attention to New York City and the haunted-house tale. I, for one, can't wait to see how she personalizes this subgenre!