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290 pages, Paperback
First published September 3, 2018
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Candy and costumes were all well and good, but Halloween was about that breach between the worlds and the magic which poured in.
—Curtis M. Lawson
→ A Plague of Monsters—Charles Gramlich 💀💀💀💀💀
What a twisted way to start things off! We follow a homeowner who’s become convinced that the children seeking candy at his doorstep are foul, wicked creatures. Things get dark quickly, and the unreliable narrative makes it hard to guess who the real villains are here.
→ Rusty Husk—Evans Light 💀💀💀💀💀
Every year, one man’s Halloween decorations include a scarecrow that he builds through some shockingly sinister means—what happens when the scarecrow fights back? I’m a sucker for a good revenge story.
→ Keeping Up Appearances—Jason Parent 💀💀💀💀💀
A gang of burglars spends their Halloween breaking into ritzy homes and making off with anything they can carry, but their night goes very wrong when they find themselves in a house that simply looked too good to be true. Quick, fun gore with a fascinating twist.
→ Vigil—Chad Lutzke 💀💀💀💀💀
The house on Summerdale has been abandoned so long that the townsfolk have taken to decorating it for Halloween every year, but their innocent plans screech to a halt when someone discovers the mass graves hiding in the overgrown yard. I’m always taken aback when a horror story can break my heart as solidly as this one did.
→ The Friendly Man—Thomas Vaughn 💀💀💀💀💀
One man is infamous in his neighborhood for having the most terrifying Halloween decorations anyone’s ever seen. The only thing is… don’t the heads on those spikes seem a little too real? The idea of using brutalized human corpses as decoration is one I’ve seen before, but never done this well.