‘Tis the day of innocent trick-or-treaters, candy corn, bobbing for apples, ghosts, witches, and malevolent creatures that will treat your children as hors d’oeuvres before they come to eviscerate you. Yep, it’s Halloween, and time for a short story of the supernatural. This year’s tale, submitted for your approval, is Death and Professor Appleton, and because it starts off in a cemetery, you know it’s going to be a grave tale.
This is the third Halloween horror story to appear on the blog. Its predecessors, On Huckman Causeway (2012) and Dead Cellphone (2013), are still up and available for your reading pleasure, if reading this sort of story is a pleasure to you.
Those of you looking for this week’s chapter of Prophecies and Penalties, my serial about a murder investigation on a rather unusual Vermont religious commune: don’t worry. You’re in the right place, but I posted the chapter a day early. You can go to the chapter directly or via the blog post introducing it.
And, finally, one of my other Halloween traditions is to sit down with a story of supernatural that qualifies as a “moldy oldy:” a long-forgotten story that deserves a second look. This year’s is going to be a collection of short stories, Tales of the Uneasy (1911) by Violet Hunt (1862-1942). I’ll have a post up about it in a few days. If you’re looking for something to read now, then I can refer you to my very recent reviews of two recent collections of short stories by late 19th century/early 20th century authors Vernon Lee and Gertrude Atherton, or past moldy oldy reviews of novels by William Hope Hodgson and F. Marion Crawford.