HWA Halloween Haunts Special, French Vampires; Lobster Boy Stars in Welcome to Your Nightmare

The Horror Writer Association’s Halloween Haunts October extravaganza (cf. September 30) has rolled around to me this Sunday for a pre-Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving Day review of the Québécois opera  DRACULA:  ENTRE L’AMOUR ET LA MORT, complete with a link for seeking out a libretto — or at least individual translations of the songs — in English.  But English or French, the music is great, the staging and acting terrific, and the DVD well worth getting for a different kind of Dracula movie if you have the chance.  Also reviewed here on May 31 2012, it has now hit the big time at the HWA’s blog site and can be viewed by pressing here.

Then, speaking of Halloween, Saturday’s mail brought two copies of WELCOME TO YOUR NIGHTMARE:  AN ANTHOLOGY OF SCARY STORIES, welcome-to-your-nightmare-3edited by Yvonne Mason.  This somewhat rough and ready collection of stories and poems, published by Dressing Your Book, is described as “an anthology of things that go bump in the night. Written by an exciting diversity of talented writers, some not previously published and some published abroad [with stories and poems]as unique as the authors who penned them and no two are alike…some are extremely dark and foreboding, others are quaint while yet others are scary and perhaps even shocking, guaranteed to entertain and delight any reader.” My fox in this hen coop is “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan,” originally published in CYBER PULP’S HALLOWEEN ANTHOLOGY 2.0 (Cyber-Pulp, 2003), a tawdry tale of sideshow artistes on a trick-or-treat break for Halloween night.  The book itself can be found on Lulu by pressing here or in Kindle format by pressing here.


  1. I left a comment on the Halloween Haunts bloggie! Good stuff, as always from a pro (and master of ze francais)!

  2. Marge, thanks! We couldn’t quite reproduce the French quotation marks <<like this>> in the title, but what the heck, I thought the HWA blog did a great job.

  3. It is also available on Nook at b&n.com.

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