October has landed, although it seems a little disoriented this year. On the one hand it’s been attacking the Glasgow mornings with gusto, filling the spaces between the darkness with icy fogs. On the other, it’s been giving up prematurely, exhausting itself by midday to leave the afternoons warm and sunny. It’s a new October, and hasn’t quite got the hang of things yet.
For writers who make things go bump, October has special significance as it means that the countdown to Halloween has begun. We obviously hope that as the nights draw in and people start seeking out stories with a darker flavour, our efforts might be particularly enjoyed. Beyond that though, because we write this stuff most of us also love this stuff, and this is the time of the year when we’re surrounded with it. I like Octobers.
If you’re turning your thoughts to what spooky stuff to wrap yourself in this year, my own offerings include a tale of paranoia and possession, another about the end of the world, a ghost story with murders and a haunted house, and a gaslit gothic historical full of death in dark corners and unnatural practises. The latter even begins and ends around Halloween.
As for myself, I’m struggling to find a Halloween read this year. I consume a lot of horror stuff, and sometimes can’t see the wood for the trees. So tell me – what should I read in the last week of the month? What’s genuinely scary or unnerving, that I might have missed? What was the last thing that you read which set your nerves on edge? Point me at something I might have missed in the comments below.