Friends, Halloween isn't a day, it's a season, and this particular season is not over until I say it's over. Just like duck season here on the ranch, or carp season or ficus season or decorative mashed potato sculpture season. I'm dressing as a clown this year, and so are you.
We have something new in store for you! Flashers is now accepting non-fiction submissions! We would love to read your most interesting experiences in a creative form, so get to work on the old memory machine. The rules are the same, 50-500 words of tightly-laced prose which can be read in minutes and enjoyed by many. One will be published each Wednesday, and each published author will receive a $50 fee. Submit your stories here!
Are you or someone you know guilty of speaking to a person with a chronic illness as if you have any medical expertise? You will want to read How to Talk to Sick Peopleby Kaitlyn Plyly to learn exactly where you have gone wrong, and avoid any future blunders. As a general rule, you don't always have to speak aloud. It's frowned upon in many societies.
Halloween is the best time to listen to scary stories! If you're not too busy having a dubstep Halloween or listening to three solid hours of ambient creepy haunted house tunes, or checking up on the classic pumpkin dance or it's classy remix, you should check out some Halloween special podcasts.
Snap Judgement has Spooked VI: The Awakening, which is guaranteed to keep you awakening when you want to be asleepening.
This American Life has a slew of true scary stories ready for you in And the Call Was Coming from the Basement, including a bonus story from David Sedaris where he speaks to the dead.
For a more refined cauliflower of an ear, tune in to BBC iPlayer to listen to A Call from The Deadby Carey Harrison for a good ghost story, Maleficium by Liz Lochead for those interested in witch trials of yore, and Tales of the Bizarre from Ray Bradbury.
For a chance to see some live spooky stories, head over to Giant Dwarf on November 10 for the best ghost stories from Sharee Joseph, Rebecca Shaw, Bridie Connell, Eleanor Robertson, Michael Kaziol and Eddie Sharp, with music by Benny Davis, hosted by Patrick Magee and James Colley. Click here for more info and tickets! ($20 special for those who want to attend Conspiracy Theories at Giant Dwarf as well).
Remember that time I made a hair-doll from your shower-drain hair and you said 'I find this mildly unsettling, please leave'? This creepy tale from The New Yorker by Lesley Nneka Arimah should jog your memory. Click here to read Who Will Greet You at Home?
Think it's bad being born on Christmas? Too bad! Here's what it's like to be born on Halloween, from The Hairpin.
Not sure what to read this spooky season? Let Stephen King choose your next book. No no no, it's no trouble for him. He would love to. For other options, Refinery29 has a list of 11 of the scariest books of all time.
From Electric Literature, here is a brief survey of Haunted Houses and some great books featuring them, as well as their October writing prompts, inspired by frightening news headlines. While Flavourwire has the greatest 13 moments in Gothic Fiction for you, as well as 20 of the scariest houses, castles and mansions in literature.
Why Gothic Romance? Let Loki explain.
Goodnight, sleep tight, don't end up like your parents and ruin more lives in the process.