As most of you know, I'm a big horror fan. I wouldn't have written Curse, Hoax Hunters, Burning Fields, and other horror-fueled fiction if I wasn't. It's no surprise, then, that October is my favorite month and Halloween is my personal favorite holiday. And every year, I dedicate the month to watching horror movies (some new, some old favorites) and reading horror novels.
This year is especially exciting for me because, to be honest, my Halloween tradition has been on hiatus for about three years. Not for lack of love of the genre, but a different reason:
Having kids made it truly difficult for me to enjoy horror the way I used to. Granted, I was never into the kind of horror that's relentlessly bleak or sadistic, but still. With the stakes in my life higher than I could have ever imagined them to be (being a parent will do that to you) it was hard for me to see people in jeopardy, hard for me to see people hurt--or worse.
I can probably sit on a therapist's couch and dive into this (amongst other things) for many, many hours. But let's just leave it at what I said: I had kids, and horror became way too real and unsettling to me.
But now I'm back.
Since I'm resuming my tradition, I figured I'd share my slate of the movies and books I plan on consuming between now and Halloween, just for fun. You'll notice it's very heavy in Stephen King, and for a few reasons. One, he's The Master (not just of horror, but of storytelling in general) and also my longtime favorite. I've been reading King novels and watching King movies since I was way too young to have been appropriately doing either. Thank goodness for my very liberal parents, though, who let me watch Nightmare on Elm Street when I was six years old.
Also, we're in the middle of a Stephen King renaissance, and I'm loving every second of it. There's a long King essay essay in me, an appreciation of everything he's contribute to fiction, horror, and the written word. But for now, I'll leave say this: Growing up, there were two things that influenced me more than anything else: Star Wars and Stephen King. Thank the gods we're still getting more of both.
Without further rambling, here's my October lineup!
-Stranger Things (rewatching season 1 and binging season 2)
-We've Always Lived in the Castle
-The Long Walk
-Locke and Key (cover to cover reread)