October Dreams:: A Celebration of Halloween

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Overview

Classic novellas, never-before-published stories, essays on the history, literature, and films of Halloween, and real-life memories of October 31st-from today's best practitioners of fear:

Dean Koontz
• Peter Straub
• Poppy Z. Brite
• Rick Hautala
• Steve Rasnic Tem
• Elizabeth Engstrom
• Thomas Ligotti
• Gary A. Braunbeck
• Jack Ketchum
• Thomas F. Monteleone
• Hugh B. Cave
• Simon Clark
• Christopher Golden
• Ray Bradbury
• Jack Ketchum
• Alan M. Clark
• Gahan Wilson
• Paula Guran
• John Shirley
• Tom Piccirilli
• Jack Cady
• David B. Silva
• Robert Morrish
• William F. Nolan
• Michael Cadnum
• Richard Laymon
• Douglas Clegg
• Douglas E. Winter
• Stanley Wiater
• Caitlín R. Kiernan
• Lewis Shiner
• Yvonne Navarro
• Tim Lebbon
• Kim Newman
• F. Paul Wilson
• Owl Goingback
• Dennis Etchison
• Stephen Mark Rainey
• Charles L. Grant
• Kelly Laymon
• Dominick Cancilla
• Kristine Kathryn Rusch
• Michael Marshall Smith
• Wayne Allen Sallee
• Ramsey Campbell
• Ed Gorman
• Stefan Dziemianowicz
• Peter Crowther

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The most enjoyable horror anthology of the year, this jumbo goody-sack disguised as a book is stuffed with Halloween-themed fiction and nonfiction edited by the founder/editor of Cemetery Dance (Chizmar) and the editor of the respected but defunct nonfiction horror mag The Scream Factory (Morrish). The book contains 55 entries (not counting original artwork), including nearly two dozen stories (half original), a novella reprint, about 30 original essays on "My Favorite Halloween Memory," a new poem by Ray Bradbury and three original essays on, respectively, the history, literature and cinema of Halloween. The list of contributors gathers just about every important writer in the field (other than King and Barker): Dean Koontz, Hugh B. Cave, Douglas Clegg, Richard Laymon, Poppy Z. Brite, Dennis Etchison, F. Paul Wilson, Ed Gorman, Peter Crowther, John Shirley, Douglas E. Winter, Thomas Ligotti, Ramsey Campbell and Peter Straub (with the novella, "Pork Pie Hat") are just a few. The insightful essays are by Paula Guran of e-newsletter Dark Echo fame ("A Short History of Halloween"), author Gary A. Braunbeck ("`First of All, It Was October...' An Overview of Halloween Films") and critic/anthologist Stefan Dziemianowicz ("Trick-or-Read"). The fiction is uniformly good, sometimes superb. The most seductive aspect of this book, however, is the Halloween memories, often potent snippets of childhood epiphanies (Elizabeth Engstrom remembers being abandoned, and growing up, one Halloween night in a junkyard filled with rats; Douglas Clegg recalls seeing, at age four, a witch fly across the face of the moon) that will bring back to every reader the autumnal magic of All Hallow's Eve. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A behemoth about Halloween, with over 50 contributors, and for horror/fantasy fans an absolute necessity, well worth the heavy price. Chizmar and Moorish had the inspired idea to ask leading authors in the field to write a Halloween story and also reveal in a personal companion piece"My Favorite Halloween Memory." Gathered here are original tales and some outstanding reprints by Dean Koontz, Poppy Z. Brite, Peter Straub, Thomas Ligotti, F. Paul Wilson, Gahan Wilson, Ray Bradbury, William F. Nolan, Kim Newman, Thomas F. Monteleone, Douglas Clegg, Douglas E. Winter, Jack Ketchum, and Richard Laymon, among others. Someone must have drugged and handcuffed Laymon since his body count herein falls horribly to only one skull being hatcheted in half. Don't miss Kim Newman's"Halloween 25," a nonfiction diary describing 25 of his Halloweens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451458957
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,456,402
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Chizmar is the World Fantasy Award-winning editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and numerous anthologies. He is also the author of more than forty published short stories, as well as the recent hardcover collection Midnight Promises.

Robert Morrish is a writer whose work has appeared in Cemetery Dance magazine.

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Table of Contents

The Black Pumpkin 1
My Favorite Halloween Memory 25
Lantern Marsh 31
My Favorite Halloween Memory 45
My Favorite Halloween Memory 53
Conversations In A Dead Language 61
My Favorite Halloween Memory 77
My Favorite Halloween Memory 79
Yesterday's Child 81
My Favorite Halloween Memory 95
The Whitby Experience 99
My Favorite Halloween Memory 119
In-Between (Poem) 123
Gone 125
My Favorite Halloween Memory 133
Yesterday's Witch 139
A Short History of Halloween 149
My Favorite Halloween Memory 163
Mask Game 167
My Favorite Halloween Memory 203
My Favorite Halloween Memory 211
Out Of The Dark 217
My Favorite Halloween Memory 233
Heavy Set 239
My Favorite Halloween Memory 251
My Favorite Halloween Memory 257
Boo 261
My Favorite Halloween Memory 283
My Favorite Halloween Memory 287
Masks 289
My Favorite Halloween Memory 305
A Redress for Andromeda 309
My Favorite Halloween Memory 323
The Circle 331
"First Of All, It Was October..." 341
My Favorite Halloween Memory 371
Pay The Ghost 375
My Favorite Halloween Memory 403
Buckets 413
My Favorite Halloween Memory 437
My Favorite Halloween Memory 441
Orchestra 443
My Favorite Halloween Memory 469
Eyes 473
My Favorite Halloween Memory 485
My Favorite Halloween Memory 493
Deathmask 495
My Favorite Halloween Memory 507
Some Witch's Bed 513
My Favorite Halloween Memory 517
The Trick 521
My Favorite Halloween Memory 541
Pork Pie Hat 545
Trick-or-Read 621
My Favorite Halloween Memory 639
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