October. The air is crisp and dry, the leaves changing to rich, vibrant color, the aroma of baking riding the cool breezes…
And Halloween. No, we can’t forget Halloween.
TV stations are broadcasting classic horror films all month long, new releases in print and film are arriving weekly, and the kiddies are getting excited in anticipation of all that candy.
To a horror writer, October is a virtual buffet of horror, a time to feed the Muse, to allow the Muse to gorge itself on endless helpings of fright, terror, and despair. This is the fuel from which our new ideas will come moving forward, and it’s in our best interests to keep that Muse well fed.