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October Arrives

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 28, 2023

I've always loved Autumn - and we're in it now, in my part of the world. To be honest, it's just beginning to come in, so I'm anticipating the leaves turning into those beautiful oranges and yellows (and all the variations therin), before they begin piling up on the ground.

The days are cooler, and shorter, and though I know some people get the blues when this happens (understandable), it continue to be my favorite time of year. That little chill in the air, the overcast days. I guess I like things to feel a bit creepy, and kind of cozy at the same time, and that's what the season does for me.

It's also the ultimate setting for fiction in my opinion. Of course, great stories can happen any time of year, and some tales fit other seasons better - but the magic of Autumn somehow stands apart for me. Ray Bradbury sets many of his stories in Autumn (and even has a collection titled “October Stories”).

For me, since I have a taste for the scary, it's also the season of Halloween, and of scary/horror themed Newsposts, which I'll begin next week. I still don't know what they're going to be about this year, so we'll find out!

In any case, best of the season to you (regardless of which season you're in in your part of the world) and if there are any horror-fiction related topics you'd like to talk about here in October, please let me know.

Oh! Don't forget to check out the Drunk Duck Awards, with the Red Carpet in progress now! Another great thing about this time of year!

See you in the fall!


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Ironscarf at 6:29PM, Sept. 28, 2023

@plymayer, must admit I've rushed out to buy cards before, not realising there were different Mother's days. This is what you get for Googling dates instead of asking a sensible person (preferably not your Mother).

plymayer at 5:02PM, Sept. 28, 2023

@ Ironscarf, living in the UK gave me some challenges. First as the US and UK go to savings time on different dates it meant that instead of the normal five hour difference it could be four or six. Which meant adjusting when calling home to mom etc. Also, Mothers' day is on a different day so, the first year I screwed up and called home apologizing for forgetting only to find out that it hadn't happened in the US yet.

plymayer at 5:00PM, Sept. 28, 2023

We are still hot here in Florida. Eagerly awaiting the days when I can save electricity, turn off the air conditioning and open windows.

Ironscarf at 9:31AM, Sept. 28, 2023

Summer is nice enough, but my favourite part of it is watching the bats hunting at dusk or walking in the rain at night, so I have to agree, the magic happens when the leaves start to turn. Here in the UK the clocks go forward an hour at the end of October, plunging us into darkness just in time for Halloween! When it comes to horror I don't want cheap thrills or jump scares, I just want to bask in a heavy atmosphere of strangeness and uncertainty, where anything might happen.

TheJagged at 6:08AM, Sept. 28, 2023

The most wonderful time of the year! Spookytober. Finally an excuse to work through that horror game backlog you accummulated over the year.

PaulEberhardt at 4:32AM, Sept. 28, 2023

Damn! These years always rush by so fast. Happy autumn to you. Good thing I was warned of October in time, so I can go back to the good old tradition of reading one chapter of Roger Zelazny's "A Night in the Lonesome October" each day, until the novel's finale at Halloween. Last year I forgot and started late. ;)

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