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A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
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Jun 20, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorite-re-reads
Recommended for: Everyone

A Night in the Lonesome October is one of my most favorite books - written almost, but not quite, in the same tone as teenagers' horror, this book combines Zelazny's incredible storytelling talents with some of the most beloved characters from all the horror classics.

Lighthearted and fun, A Night in the Lonesome October details the efforts of several of horror's heaviest hitters (Jack the Ripper, Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein and much more) as they attempt to either save or end the world in via a powerful magical ritual that takes place on Halloween.

But the story is not told from these famous perspectives - instead, the story is told by these creatures' familiars and pets, who relate their interactions with the humans (and almost-humans) in a very charming way. This gives the book a slight echo of other beloved works, such as the Secret of NIMH, and I can't recommend it enough.

The Elder Gods of the Lovecraftian Mythos even make an appearance, making this a more than fitting tribute to all the greats of horror as told by one of the best modern fantasy authors.

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