There are too many great things to do during the Halloween season. There are puzzles, pumpkin carving, Octoberfest, and movies. There is also reading. I read several things during this time of year. Number one is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’ve read that every Halloween for years. Now there is a new one for me to read. It’s called October Dreams
October Dreams is a “celebration of Halloween”. It contains short horror stories as well as memories from many well-known authors, including Dean Koontz and Ray Bradbury.
My favorite sections of the book are the memories. I think everybody who likes The Retroist will like the short anecdotes from the authors about their favorite Halloweens. Some of the stories are pretty good, though, as well, and they all center on Halloween. My favorite is Gahan Wilson’s “Yesterday’s Witch”, which seems so much like an anecdote that I wasn’t sure it wasn’t. This focus on Halloween makes the book a cut above other generic scary books and movies. You want something for Halloween that is actually Halloweeny, something you can’t really enjoy any other time of the year. And October Dreams is exactly that: Halloweeny. Thoroughly Halloweeny.