You may have noticed that Thursday's comic did not update; for that reason, I am sorry. An embarrassing family emergency happened; no one is seriously ill, but we had a real scare. I appreciate you, gentle readers, for understanding and being patient concerning these circumstances.
If everything goes as planned, the Halloween storyline will continue next week, starting on Monday and updating until Thursday; after that, comics will revert back to once-a-week updates. I will inform you if things do not go according to plan, as they may.
Here are five books you should read this Halloween weekend, if you prefer your scares sealed in paper and not walking through the night:
1) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett- the only thing scarier than a vampire is a vampire that eats garlic, enjoys sunlight, and hypnotizes people into accepting tyranny. When these vampires come to the kingdom of Lancre, it’s up to three witches, a priest with split personalities, and a queen with a baby to save everyone from “progress.”
2) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- Winner of the 2010 Newberry Medal, available online to listen to, and filled with nice ghosts and some pretty nasty people with knives. Who can resist the temptation as the day gets darker and the wind rattles your windows?
3) The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury- I chose this book as a Culinary Book last year, and with good reason. Not only does The Halloween Tree feature food in a prominent position, but it manages to educate the reader and the heroes about the holiday and dead people’s rituals.
4) Beware by R.L. Stine- This R.l. Stine anthology is decent because it features only one R.L. Stine story, with all due respect to the author. We have a disturbing EC Comics story where the twist ending is entertaining, and
5) “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe- Not a novel, but rather a short story, Poe is classic American horror. “The Black Cat” has a murdered woman, a bad cat, and an ending that does not feel like a cheap twist. For Poe, other good Halloween recommendations are “The Man of the Crowd” if you like literary analysis, “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.”
I could not find enough bad Halloween stories for a blog post; I will do my research this weekend, in the library. But if you have good sense and sensible taste for scares, then you are probably in good hands.
If not, you only have to wait a week, if I’m not too late. I’ll do my best to glue your head back on your body and return your ears if they fall off.