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Halloween Countdown, Day 11

Are you looking to add a new book to your Halloween reading list? I have a recommendation, a 2011 novel that is well worth your time. It's by Mike A. Lancaster, and it's been released to various markets under the titles 0.4 and Human.4. I highly recommend it.

Read my review.



And now, another public service announcement:

HAUNTED HOUSES


Text of the Day: Today's short story is a spooky one: "A Ghoul's Accountant" by Stephen Crane (1871-1900).

Excerpt:
In a wilderness sunlight is noise. Darkness is a great, tremendous silence, accented by small and distant sounds. The music of the wind in the trees is songs of loneliness, hymns of abandonment, and lays of the absence of things congenial and alive.

Once a campfire lay dying in a fit of temper. A few weak flames struggled cholerically among the burned-out logs. Beneath, a mass of angry, red coals glowered and hated the world. Some hemlocks sighed and sung and a wind purred in the grass. The moon was looking through the locked branches at four imperturbable bundles of blankets which lay near the agonized campfire. The fire groaned in its last throes, but the bundles made no sign.

Off in the gloomy unknown a foot fell upon a twig.


Read the complete story.

Download an unabridged narration from Librivox.org.

Comments

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peadarog
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
OK, I've just bought 0.4...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it! I had to stretch it out to make it last: it's a super-quick read. I suspect you're going to love the annotations... ;) I didn't realize when I began it how ideally "Halloween-esque" it would be.

Edited at 2011-10-11 11:42 am (UTC)
peadarog
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
No, I look forward to it :)
greenhoodloxley
Oct. 11th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
I read Human.4 in August and enjoyed it. Pleasantly creepy overall. I'll be interested to see what happens in the sequel.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 12th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it, too! I can't wait for the sequel.
gilda_elise
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
The book sounds interesting. I'm going to see if the library has it. If not, I may have to buy a copy. *g*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 12th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you enjoy it.
cyloran
Oct. 12th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
LOL! Oh, I do so love the Haunted Houses pic.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 12th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
LOL! I'm so glad. It made me laugh.
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