SWORDS, SNAKES, & SHIPWRECKS.
A Slight Collection of Hallowe'en Tales and Miscellanea --
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These days, Hallowe’en is a night of ghosts, celebrated by people who can longer believe in them, a day of tricks, treats, and twilight. A night when -- sanctioned by custom -- the proudest and most willful child politely begs for candy at strangers' doors and the most docile child transforms in a monster.
It is a day to celebrate neither the carven pumpkin nor the illuminating candle,
but rather the shadows that they cast, and the unseen things that flit about them.
Perhaps it won’t be this way for long -- it is becoming increasingly commercialized and is losing its uncanniness as it moves away from the days of All Hallows and All Souls -- but it promises to remain so for a while yet.
The night of ghouls, the night of saints, and the night of penitents make an uncomfortable arc -- they stand for three aspects of life that don’t fit very well in
our society anymore, but will always remain part of us.
The stories, poems, commentary, and images in this slight collection have been designed to return you to those strange old times. They are not particularly horrific or terrifying -- rather, they are uneasy, uncanny, and gently unsettling, harkening back to the folklore of fairies and saints, knights and dragons, mead halls and castles, masquerades and Hallow-Mass gatherings.
We hope that you find them whimsical and off-beat.
We hope that you find them unusual and bizarre.
We hope that you have a Happy Hallowe'en