Halloween is also the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
My Halloween reads this month were:
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft
Metzengerstein by Edgar Allan Poe
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek
That last is the odd one out. It’s not classic horror fiction, it’s real horror. When she’s vividly detailing the very worst and most painful ways to die, you start to crave the old brain bleach, but it didn’t stop me from awarding it five stars.
Out of the classic horrors, The Monkey’s Paw and The Canterville Ghost were my favourites.
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