All Hallows Eve is fast upon us! It's time to dust off your Ichabod Crane costume and crack open Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Here on the ranch we keep it spooky all the time, what with the fields of pumpkins, frequent hauntings, Jersey Devil sightings and whatnot. That doesn't mean I don't have time to tell you all the news you need to know, it just means this time I'm doing it while listening to Witch House radio on Pandora rather than Trap Workout radio. Both are commendable.
Two new Flashers for your reading pleasure! From Claire 'Voorhees' Varley, we have Inchoate, a small tale on loving a small thing near death. John 'Annie' Potts' story Concorde, will have you feel the heat of a turbojet on your skin.
Seizure Editions is back! Click to read fantastic content from emerging Australian writers including Emma Marie Jones, Fiona Wright, Emily Laidlaw, Lee Kofman, Stacie Teague, Susie Anderson, Izzy Roberts-Orr, Sarah Walker, Zoe Dzunko and Sarah Jean 'Grimm' Grimm. Read Commissioning Editor Emily 'Redrum' Stewart's fantastic editorial here.
For the politically minded, we have a feature piece from Bethanie 'Bathory' Blanchard. Underwoodian Politics delves into the latest debacle from that place with all the symmetry and embassies.
Viva La Novella Part IV is here to bring you sleepless nights and crushing fear of anything below or above 20-50 000 words. Submit a spooky or non-spooky manuscript before December 31 for your chance to be one of two winning authors next year! And editors, do not fear the spooky abyss, as there is room for you to get involved too.
Cobwebs are scary and also stop small cuts from bleeding
Have you always wanted to spend Halloween night in the catacombs of Paris and have gross sex in front of peasant skeletons? Finally, your chance has arrived! AirBnB is asking applicants to prove that they are brave enough to weather a night 20 metres below the city, in the company of 6 million of your closest skellington friends, by writing a story in English or French, no longer than 100 words. The deadline is October 20, and the prize includes a gourmet candlelit subterranean dinner, a storyteller to scare you before bedtime, a fire extinguisher, catacombs safety card and first aid kit. No wifi.
If you're not up for that, here are some literary houses of the spooky variety that you can visit.
For those looking for new reading reccomendations, Vanity Fair lists 6 of the scariest books to be released this October, including fear of all kinds – anxiety, stage-fright, fear of other, dystopia, disappointment etc., not just jump-scares and poltergeists.
From io9, read about 5 of the most gruesome murders from history and the ghost stories that they inspired.
Click over to Book Riot to find out which books are Guillermo del Toro's favourite, including the fiction and non-fiction which have shaped the landscapes of his fairytale/fantasy/horror films. Fans of his work should also beg, borrow or steal a copy of his book Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions, for access to inspiring concept notes and art.
If you don't like scary things at all, head over to Tor.com and look at illustrations of horror movie villains with cats.
Please, please, please listen to Christopher Walken reading The Raven.
The latest Man Booker Prize winner has been announced, with congratulations due to the prizes' first Jamaican winner, Marlon James! James wrote A Brief History of Seven Killings, the novel is a fictional account of the 1976 attempted murder of Bob Marley.
From Brainpickings, here are some of the greatest LGBT love letters of all time (thus far).
That is all from me and my ghostly companions. When next I speak to you, I will have stood in the presence of Stevie Nicks, and shall be a changed person. There's no way for either of us to prepare.