For the past month, we have been overwhelmed with the business of costumes and make-up and scary movies. It’s easy to forget that this isn’t just Halloween, but Samhain, the night when the walls are low between worlds. Take a moment to think of ancestors and dearly departed tonight as they might be right at your sides.
Got up at six am. with the urging of my black cat, who desperately needed fed before imploding. After the proper rituals to appease the Cat Gods, I settled down at the laptop to check my emails and Facebook. My slow, grinding campaign to get Camp Arcanum reviewed garnered me three responses this morning out of perhaps three dozen queries. Not all of those were positive, but the statistics are still better than those for my days of dating.
I got onto Facebook and found that the Wicked Library had just posted their latest Halloween Special which included one of my flas fictions stories “Head Full of Worms.” I then and there listened to the podcast and enjoyed it immensely. You can catch it here:
Nelson and Maddie knocked out of the park again.
Yesterday, had been an early day. We hosted Dana Turtle from Good Day Columbus at The Alley, spending three or four hours playing dress-up and broadcasting inserts for the morning show. Both Dana and his cameraman Edwin were fun and the dynamic between the two characters has me inspired for future stories.
Unfortunately, we will not be putting up our Halloween castle again this year. The last two years, the weather has been too bad to be leaving large expanses of sail-like plywood in the front yard to catch the winds. This year it is simply a matter of time. Both Kit and I have been spending every spare minute at our costume shop; we will not even be done with the last customer before trick-or-treating closes down tonight. But we will be giving out candy to kids and grown-ups alike tonight and doing some make-up work for our patrons besides. Not a bad way to celebrate Halloween.
Of course, we will have a few offerings set out for our dear departed tonight when the veil is thin. For a change, Kit picked up some Gack, one of Alyssa’s favorite things for play therapy. Probably a few shots of Scotch or gin for my parents, and a Smorgasbord for the Dead set out on our mantle for everyone else on Kit’s side.
So, Happy Samhain to all today whether you see it as a time for costumes and dress-up, or a time of monsters and mayhem, or the night when the veil between worlds lifts enough for loved ones to brush by for a visit.
I love making monsters. I have a workshop in my basement with pieces of zombies, minotaurs and Death Sheep strewn about. But the actually making can be hard work, smelly and messy. That’s why of late I’ve been concentrating on writing stories with monsters, which allows the reader’s imagination to do the yeoman’s work.
But today I have something for all of us Monster Makers to be thankful for: Spectral Motion has created Monster Lab, a build your own monster app. Now, while you digest your turkey and pie, you can assemble a plethora of monsters designed by the people who did Hellboy, X-Men & Attack the Block. Bon Appetit!