Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Last Night Of October” as Want to Read:
The Last Night Of October
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book

The Last Night Of October

by
4.06  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Seventy-year-old Gerald Forsyth dreads Halloween.

Every year, on October 31st, a lone child has knocked on his door – a nightmarish reminder of a tragedy from Gerald’s past.

As each Halloween came and went, Gerald has been able to keep his door locked and the monstrous memory at bay, but the ravages of emphysema have left him a disgruntled and feeble-minded old man.

When a
...more
Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published October 9th 2013 by Bad Moon Books/Evil Jester Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Last Night Of October, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Last Night Of October

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-35
Average rating 4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  16 ratings  ·  9 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Last Night Of October
Mike
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
The story is about two boys (Donnie & Gerald) who look forward to Halloween every year. This year a big snow storm is coming and the parents won't let them go. But they decide to go out anyways and something happens that will come back to haunt them. The story moves forward many years to Halloween day and what happens when someone comes knocking on the door. A good quick Halloween read. I gave it 3 1/2 stars. ...more
Nick Cato
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nifty tale of a 70 year-old man who dreads Halloween. He suffers emphysema, and when a substitute house nurse comes by to check on him, she lets a trick-or-treater in who causes both their worlds to meet with a dark destiny.

Chapman takes familiar Halloween tropes and twists them into something fresh ... even his back story section is exciting and well done. A fine seasonal read and a great horror tale for anytime of the year.
Frank Errington
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Halloween. I think a big part of my affinity for the holiday is the chance to be someone or something else, if only for a few hours. It's what also led to my involvement in community theatre and a 35 year career as a radio personallity.

Then there's the dark side of Halloween. One night a year when it's acceptable to revel in scaring and being scared. Yep, I love Halloween.

Enter Greg Chapman, an Austalian artist and Horror writer, who grew up in a world without Halloween. It's true,
...more
Zakk Madness
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Last Night of October" is a quick and hypnotizing Halloween yarn. Greg Chapman (author of Torment & The Noctuary) is a talented scribe and he does a fantastic job here. Providing rich imagery, thick tension and heartache throughout. He had me hanging on every word of this tale, illustrating and craftily weaving both the dark sense and youthful spirit of my favorite season. I could see the snow covered ground, I could hear the heavy knocks on the door.

I was invigorated by young Gerald's you
...more
Marty Young
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For an Australian writer who didn't grow up with Halloween, Greg Chapman has captured the feel of this holiday perfectly in this riveting horror yarn. It's the type of story you can (and I did) read in one sitting, engrossed and intrigued, and then surprised at where this tale ends up. It's certainly no ordinary Halloween story, and that's a very good thing.

Contains some fantastic illustrations by the author, too.

Well worth a read.
Ellen
Nov 24, 2013 added it
This is an excellent creepy, and disturbing read.
Jake
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Gerald Forsythe dreads Halloween. As an old man confined to a wheelchair, he is dependent upon oxygen to help him breathe through bouts of emphysema. He watches the door, waiting, wondering where his nurse is. She was expected to come and switch out his medicines and ensure he will make it through the night. She is late as the clock rolls on; Halloween is coming.

Kelli is a substitute nurse. Gerald’s normal nurse couldn’t make it due to a sudden illness. Kelli, unlike Gerald, loves Halloween and
...more
John J Questore
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Australian Horror author Greg Chapman - in fact, he jokingly (?) said I'm his "Annie Wilkes" (Stephen King reference). But all it takes is for you to read just one of his novellas to come to the same realization I did - Greg knows how to write!

If you haven't read anything by him (despite my reviews - shame on you), you couldn't choose a better place to start than with this story - The Last Night of October.

Greg weaves a tale of friendship, loss, and regret
...more
Matthew Tait
rated it really liked it
Oct 14, 2013
Jorene
rated it liked it
Nov 29, 2016
Scott Snee
rated it it was amazing
Oct 22, 2014
Nick
rated it really liked it
Sep 17, 2014
Joseph Malatesta
rated it liked it
Oct 11, 2014
G. E.
rated it liked it
Sep 01, 2019
Teresa
rated it really liked it
Oct 28, 2016
wJohn (Sdkdmd) Danenhower
rated it really liked it
Oct 07, 2014
Tina Rooker
rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2014
Mike
marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2013
Seth Skorkowsky
marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2014
Jodi
marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
Dana Wright
marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2013
Tracy
marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2013
Bill
marked it as to-read
Nov 19, 2013
Peta
marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2014
Todd
marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2014
James Walley
marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2014
Donald
marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2014
J. Tonzelli
marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2014
Carla
marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
Kim Ross
marked it as to-read
Jul 20, 2015
Jo-Anne Russell
marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2016
Matthew
marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2016
Brandon
marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2016
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Q & A with Horror...: The Last Night of October now available! 1 1 Oct 22, 2013 08:50PM  
81 followers
Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia.

Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the
...more

Related Articles

The must-read summer beach book is a kind of American tradition. The crash of the waves. The glare of the sun. The sand in the pages. Is t...
64 likes · 33 comments