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:

Walking Gray

Boo, y’all.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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10 Responses

  1. Drizztdj says:


    The smoothness of the closure and painting of the street were perfect. Happy halloween sir, well done.

  2. 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… 🙂

  3. Julius_Goat says:

    Excellent stuff, sir.

  4. otis says:

    Thanks, guys. I know this kind of stuff isn’t for everybody, but I appreciate you letting me know you enjoyed it.


  5. 23skidoo says:

    We’ll done sir. Nice subtle yet creepy ending.

  6. StB says:

    Thanks Brad! It was worth the time.

  7. Su says:

    Loved it, Bradley! Always like a creepy little tale 🙂

  8. Wes says:

    It took a couple of days to find the time, but I am glad I finally did. Thanks.

  9. Skip says:

    “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!