I read a lot of Halloween-centric books this season and this one definitely tops the list. Lisa Morton is not only a great writer, but her intricate knowledge of the holiday, the myths, creatures, and then the pure imagination she spills onto the page makes this a perfect treat for the season we horror fanatics look forward to (and to be honest, celebrate) all year long.
Each of these stories goes deeper than your average tale of Halloween night. These are stories steeped deeply in the lore of traditional Halloween—where it originated, the different lore associated with different places and their Halloween night traditions, and what it has all come down to today. Where it really gets interesting is how she mixes that lore with today's Halloween, and what comes out is this strange, terrifying, and darkly magical confluence of legend and truth.
My favorites were "The Samhanach," "Summer's End," "Sexy Pirate Girl," and "The Enchanted Forest," but I don't think there's a dud in this collection. I really enjoyed them all and wanted to live in them as long as I could. I found the stories to have great empowering characters who succeeded, lost, and truly felt. And I felt along with them.
Halloween can't come soon enough again!
So choose your treat—fun size or full size—that is, if you're brave enough to walk up the sidewalk, past the grinning jack-o-lanterns, skirting the dark shadows. Or maybe you'll just get a trick instead...
I can't wait to read one of Morton's nonfiction books and learn more about Halloween. That's my goal for next year!
Associate editor, amateur photdographer, bibliophile, and occasional sleuth.