Happy October from October Country!

"Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette" Van Gogh

“Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette” – Van Gogh

So here we are.

It should come as no surprise to you that this is our favorite time of year here at October Country. And it’s not just Halloween, although that’s a major part of it. It’s the chill in the air, it’s county fairs and football season, it’s bonfires and s’mores and jackets and changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything.

But mainly…yeah, mainly it’s Halloween.

For the last couple of years (the life cycle of this blog thus far), we’ve done a series here called “Essential October Reads.” Last year we invited a bunch of our favorite authors to contribute, and a staggering number of them did just that. Folks, that’s hard to top. So this year, rather than try to top it, we’re going to let the Essential October Reads series take a rest. If you’re so inclined, you can catch up on what we’ve done here. I’ve already got an idea on how to add to the series next year. so look for its triumphant return in 2014.

This year, though, we thought we’d share a few things here at the beginning of the month that we’ll be reading/watching/participating in during October. This is feeling like a movie-centric kind of Halloween season this time around, so a lot of what’s to come reflects that. Aside from this list, we’ll be reading plenty of good (we hope) horror stuff over the next few weeks, and you’ll see reviews of it here (and at FEARnet and Ain’t It Cool News) as we count down to Halloween.

In the meantime, here’s some cool stuff going down over the next 29 days. Maybe we’ll bump into each other. After all, it’s Halloween…everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Horror Writers Association presents: Halloween Haunts 2013

Turner Classic Movies presents: Vincent Price Thursdays

Shout! Factory’s 31 Days of Screams

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