Halloween story 2010
There is probably a good reason we all don’t circle around a Halloween tree and exchange gifts at midnight of October 31st.
No matter. Halloween remains one of my favorite holidays and one I enjoy sharing. I don’t have much to give, but I’ve managed to cobble together something I hope the freakier among you enjoy.
For the past couple of years, I’ve written a story to give away here just for the purpose of trying to make my friends cringe or shiver a little bit. In 2008, I wrote The Spot in My Yard, a true story based right behind my house. In 2009, I ventured into a sort of pulpy horror fiction that toyed a little with the psychological in Between Friends (an audio version of which you can find under the Fiction heading in last year’s superlatives).
This year, I went in a different direction. It’s a longer piece (if it were in a magazine, would probably go ten pages or so) that will probably take 20-25 minutes to read. Regardless, I’m sorta proud of it (in a completely self-loathing, can’t-believe-I’m-letting-anyone-else-read-it kind of way). It’s a lot longer than Twitter’s 140 characters or a Facebook status update, but hopefully it’s fun enough to hold you to the end. If you like it, let me know in the comments section of this post. Or better yet, pass it on to your friends. Everybody deserves a good “Boo!” this season.
So, for Halloween 2010, I give you:
The smoothness of the closure and painting of the street were perfect. Happy halloween sir, well done.
Very nice twist at the end, I liked it a lot. How did you paint such a perfect picture of suburbian hell? Oh wait, I remember now… 🙂
Excellent stuff, sir.
Thanks, guys. I know this kind of stuff isn’t for everybody, but I appreciate you letting me know you enjoyed it.
We’ll done sir. Nice subtle yet creepy ending.
Thanks Brad! It was worth the time.
Loved it, Bradley! Always like a creepy little tale 🙂
It took a couple of days to find the time, but I am glad I finally did. Thanks.
“Carl shrugged and smiled, a response that his elders, friends, girlfriends, wife, and children would come to expect and pity for the remainder of his years.” Best line in my book, even as it contributes so little to the main storyline. I love the switching of voices, and the portrait of the neighborhood as well.
Good stuff, fits right in with the Stephen King audiobook I’ve been listening to coming and going from work in honor of Halloween. Keep ’em coming!