I’ve always loved Halloween. Not for the candy and the costumes, although those are fun, too. But mainly because it’s the time of year when we celebrate witches, ghosts, and anything related to the Otherworld.
Now, to be clear, I’m not a ghost (yet…), nor have I ever seriously considered myself a witch, although I am the 9th great-granddaughter of one of the original Salem “witches,” who was hanged in 1692, and later (much, much later) cleared of all charges. But I’ve always been fascinated by mystical, unexplainable things, and magic. Early favorite books include The Active Enzyme, Lemon Freshened Junior High School Witch by E.W. Hildick, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare. And on the lighter/television side, I watched Bewitched reruns, somewhat obsessively.
So, though I’ve never particularly enjoyed horror movies, I’ve come to realize I have a decided dark side. I actually begged my parents to read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to me when I was four, and as soon as we were done, The Lord of the Rings. Talk about dark! But they also blend early Celtic legends in with the magic — another thing I’ve always been fascinated with. My Comparative Literature B.A. thesis was on Morgan le Fey, King Arthur’s half-sister, who in very early Celtic versions of the legend was a powerful sorceress, and far more respected than later Christian adaptations like to admit.
I also love Halloween, because to me, it’s the true start of Autumn (Samhain, anyone?). October in the Northwest can be pretty warm and dry — nice for walking and enjoying the gorgeous changing colors of the leaves, but I like it when the seasons actually change. The winds and the rains return, and it’s dark outside, so I can curl up with a good book, or veg on the couch (watching Supernatural, of course!).
It’s also (duh) the eve of All Hallows (All Saints’ Day), and the eve-eve of All Souls’ Day. So it has both early and later religious significance, along with the witches, ghosts, candy, and costumes. Plus, who doesn’t love It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown??
As me old dad used to say: “Happy Hollow-weenie!”
How about you? What makes this time of year special? Leave me a comment, then enter to win your choice of a $5 Starbucks card or a free ebook of my debut novel, DEBRIEFING THE DEAD. (Giveaway closes at midnight on 11/3/18; Love Romance Reads not responsible for any of it; see giveaway page for full terms and conditions.)
Debriefing the Dead
The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father’s family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she’ll continue up (or down) to the Afterlife.
So, slightly more alive than dead, she heads for Turkey and the Demons, taking Geordi, her mysterious neighbor Jason, and a sexy dead guy only she can see with her. But the hardest part won’t be battling Demons, meeting Satan, or dodging Middle Eastern customs—it will be later, when Geordi is settled, and Michael rips her away again. How can she abandon her nephew? Or can she outwit the Angel of Death himself, and stay with Geordi forever?
Kerry was born in British Columbia, Canada, and has since lived all over the West Coast of North America, including California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska—everywhere except Mexico! She’s a “computer industry” brat, not a military one, but moving so frequently meant she spent a lot of time reading, and later writing, (hopefully!) great books. She has a degree in Comparative Literature (French and Middle English) from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master’s in Teaching English and Mathematics from the University of Portland. She currently lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two “kids” in mid-to-late adolescence, assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume.
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