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Halloween Countdown, Day 1

Happy October to everyone! I am looking forward to enjoying this month with you. Every day I will have some spooky literature to share, and I also have links, videos, and other goodies planned. Coming up on Friday I have an extra special surprise in the spirit of Halloween that I'm looking forward to posting, and I hope you will find it fun.

I can't think of a better way to get into the Halloween spirit than listening (for free!) to Neil Gaiman read the first chapter of his brand new novel, The Graveyard Book. I'm currently about halfway through reading this novel, and it's fantastic. Press the play button on the widget below to listen:

LINK OF THE DAY: Today's Halloween link is the October 1, 2008 "Aural Delights No. 44" show from StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine, which includes, among other things, a dramatic reading of David Kopsaka Merkel's "Flesh Eating Alien Vampire Sex On The Moon," and a commentary segment by yours truly about "Five 'Must Read' Stories for Halloween." (To avoid repetition, none of the stories I mention in my segment will be featured this month here on my blog.) Download the show here or listen to it live streaming here. I hope you enjoy it!

Also, be sure to visit fungus_files and magicwondershow, both of whom are hosting their own daily October celebrations this year. Their posts are not to be missed!

LITERATURE OF THE DAY: Today's story is a short but thoroughly spooky tale by William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) entitled "August Heat." Don't let the title fool you; it's perfect for October!

Excerpt from "August Heat" by William Fryer Harvey:
He pointed to the end of the gravestone on which he was at work, and I sat down.

"That's a beautiful piece of stone you've got hold of," I said.

He shook his head. "In a way it is," he answered; "the surface here is as fine as anything you could wish, but there's a big flaw at the back, though I don't expect you'd ever notice it. I could never make really a good job of a bit of marble like that. It would be all right in the summer like this; it wouldn't mind the blasted heat. But wait till the winter comes. There's nothing quite like frost to find out the weak points in stone."

Read the complete story.


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Oct. 1st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Whee! It's that time of the year again!
I just finished listening to the lovely Neil Gaiman:) I can't wait to read this book! Thank you so much for putting up that link -what a great way to start yet another fantastic October.

xo Rebecca
Oct. 1st, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Whee! It's that time of the year again!
I'm so glad you liked listening to it! The book is marvelous. Happy October!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: Whee! It's that time of the year again!
Re: Whee! It's that time of the year again!
Ah, the guy who wrote The Beast with Five Fingers! I actually own that.

"My books! Don't touch my books, do you hear!"
Oct. 2nd, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Whee! It's that time of the year again!
Yes, indeed! Good taste you have there. :)
Oct. 1st, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful start to your Halloween countdown! Really enjoyed your "Five 'Must Read' Stories"...now I have a lot of reading to do!!!
Will settle down to listen to Neil Gaiman and anxiously await Day 2 of your countdown!!! Shivers and chills to you!
Oct. 1st, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the StarShipSofa segment. Thanks for listening to it! I hope you enjoy the Gaiman reading, as well. Happy October!
Oct. 1st, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, happy Halloween countdown! Brilliant to have your posts to look forward to every day, even if I don't always manage to follow the links... Shall be looking out for the new Gaiman though to start with - thanks!
Oct. 1st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so pleased that you enjoy the posts. I try to pick excerpts that provide a little shiver on their own, in case you don't have a chance to read the extended story. I hope that works. Happy October to you!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Hurray! And so it begins. Happy October my dear! A splendid first post for the season.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
And Happy October to you, too! I'm so glad you like the post. I hope you enjoy the others. I have something extra special planned for this Friday. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! I am going to have to listen to that. I am probably going to buy The Graveyard Book on my way home (I think the Books A Million is open until 11pm).

I loved "August Heat." It was a great, creepy little story.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy the book - I'm loving it! And I always enjoy hearing Gaiman read his own work.

I'm so glad you liked "August Heat"! It's a favorite of mine for this time of year. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh, you put me to shame with your articulate posts and nifty links! *shakes fist*


So glad it's October, because it means your fave time of year and a bounty of posts for us!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much! The one I posted today (Day 3) is extra special to me - I hope you enjoy it.

I do love posting in October! (I actually plan the month's posts out in advance, truth be told, so I don't repeat myself.) Happy Halloween season to you!
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