It must likely that Paula Guran, the editor, just wanted to reunite a collection of short stories and novellas, all about the celebration of Halloween, not matter if they were scary or not.
However, in my case, I was expecting an anthology full of scary short stories of horror, all related to the celebration of Halloween.
Due that, I couldn't enjoy as much as expected this particular anthology. It's nobody's fault, but I won't rate high a book ...more
CONVERSATIONS IN A DEAD LANGUAGE (Thomas Ligotti) - 3 Stars - An evil human monster from hell!
MONSTERS (Stewart O'Nan) - 2 Stars - A scary lesson, but disappointing Halloween read.
THE HALLOWEEN MAN (William F. Nolan) - 3 Stars - Delightful and scary little story for the kiddies.
THE YOUNG T...more
“Conversations in a Dead Language” by Thomas Ligotti
A mailman who lives alone sees the same kids each Halloween. I read this one in October Dreams and liked the atmosphere and chilling ending. 4/5
“Monsters” by Stewart O’Nan
Around Halloween, two boys prepare to be monsters for the church fundraising ...more
However, this was the most poorly edited book I have ever read. There is a typing/proofreading error in every story--sometimes more. I found it distracting to read through missing words, misspelled words, and other proofreading errors. I tend to forgive one or two in a book, but not in every ...more
Although the collection wasn’t exactly what I expected, it wasn’t bad. I was expecting more creepy horror stories and, although the later stories met my expectations, the collection starts out pretty slow.
The first two stories didn’t do much for me, but the ...more
I'll be reading these short stories throughout the month. The introduction is an excellent overview of Halloween which incorporates new discoveries about olden time celebrations. Thus far I am not too far along but have just begun Hat by Peter Straub. I don't think I've ever read anything by him but early in it is a fabulous look at jazz, a musician's life, ...more
The main ...more
The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 star rating is solely for the amount of grammatical and punctuational errors in this edition which cries out for a very necessary re-edit in the next edition, if th ...more
- The Sticks by Charlee Jacob
- Halloween Street by Steve Rasnic Tem
- Memories by Peter Crowther
A couple that were a little gruesome:
- The October Game by Ray Bradbury, this was a great story (because Bradbury is awesome) but really creepy/gruesome. The November Game, a follow up story to the October Game, by F. Paul Wilson was also a little disturbing. But both were worth the read.
- Tessellations by Gary Braunbeck (a little out there ...more
The Halloween Man 9/10
Three Doors 7.5/10
Auntie Elspeth's Halloween Story 8.5/10
On the Reef 7/10
Memories of El Dia De Los Muertos 7/10
The Sticks 6/10
Mask Game 7/10
By the Book 4.5/10
One Thin Dime 5/10
The Great Pumpkin Arrives at Last 7.5/10
Night Out 6/10
The October Game 9/10
The November Game 8/10