Greetings from The Green Castle!
This is just a very short (and late) post, to wish all who mark the day in some way/s a Happy Halloween/Samhain for 2011! 🙂
There are many different individual and collective/community customs and activities relating to this day – and especially the night part! – and also, from what I gather, a long history for the roots of the tradition. Regrettably, I didn’t leave myself enough time to compile a list of the customs and where they are most often observed.
Halloween-related reading is one way to enjoy making a personal connection with the history. On that note, Halloween reading for me today: one short story – ‘The Old Traditions are best’ set in Padstow, Cornwall, in present day, and 2nd one in progress – ‘The Oram County Whoosit’, set mainly in West Virginia of 1920s but also with flashbacks to Klondike Gold Rush of late 1890s, from an anthology: The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (Robinson, 2009), ed. Steven Jones, Volume 20. Bought it at Conflux 5 or 6. Both stories have been entertaining.
Other Halloween reading could include: Edgar Poe’s classic stories; Bram Stoker’s Dracula, various anthologies of ghost stories and stories by individual writers; H P Lovecraft’s fiction and poems; the Midnight Echo magazine produced by Australian Horror Writers’ Association – Issue 6 is due out next month; Horror/Dark Fantasy stories and poems found on various websites and blogs.
I hope you enjoy any selections/s you make. 🙂
I look forward to your company again soon. 🙂
Regards from The Resident Nobleman and castle staff