Halloween is scary. At least Halloween is scary if you do it right. It is similiar to the quote by Woody Allen, “Is sex dirty? Only if you do it right.”. Yes, as the air gets colder and the leaves begin to fall from the trees fear begins to seep into your subconscious. On Halloween that fear turns to terror knowing that the membrane between the living and dead is at its thinnest.
A book release is also scary specialy the release of a book called Cocaine Zombies. Cocaine Zombies will give you chills and goose bumps as well as a laugh or two. As I sit at my desk I realize there our less than ten days before the big day.
I have been preparing for Halloween by going to haunted houses and seeing some movies. The best haunted house I have been to this year (I have only been to three) was the Ashmore Estates in Coles County Illinois. The theme for this years haunting was a mental health facility. Given this structure was build in 1916 and actually housed the mental impaired it was not a great leap. Yet, given the history of how this nation has treated the mentally ill if anyone were to come back from the dead leave it to the poorly treated patients of such a facility. I should note that you don’t have to go back to Victorian times to find abuse of the mentally ill. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was written in the 1960’s.
I also saw Frankenweenie. This film looked amazing. Yet, I was not blown away by the actual content of the movie. My eleven year old was a little bored and liked ParaNorman better. Some of the references to the old movies were lost on her as well. The movie was clearly a spoof of the original Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein. This concept is not completely original since Mel Brooks released Young Frankenstein in black and white. I am also a little confused why the turtle and sea monkeys grew larger but the other animals did not. I guess it comes down to a willing suspension of disbelief. All and all I would say that it is better than most family friendly horror for the season.
Halloween does not have to end on October 31. With the release of Cocaine Zombies your November can be chilling as well. Think of how relaxing Thanksgiving will be when you skip the mad rush of Black Friday and order copies for your friends and family on line while remaining toasty and in your bed.
Happy Halloween and Happy Book Release Eve from the author of Cocaine Zombies.