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Book Review: Halloween, part 2

Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre Edited by Paula Guran, part 2

Black Dog
By Laird Barron. I’ve no idea what went on in this boring story.

The Halloween Men
In a society where wearing of masks is deemed essential to societal order, Halloween Men enforce the law. Antonella designs masks the Halloween Men do not like leading to a horrifying ending. This was good.

Pumpkin Head Escapes
A play gets too real or something. Dull.

Whilst The Night Rejoices Profound And Still
By Caitlin R. Kiernan. Halloween is celebrated on Mars Colony. Okay.

For The Removal Of Unwanted Guests
A witch moves into Michael’s house. Dull.

A nonsensical tale of a family tradition.

Quadruple Whammy
By Chelsea Quinn Yarbo. An er team deal with an unexpected patient. Okay.

Best Lines:
“We can’t pretend that’s human.”

We, The Fortunate Bereaved
A widow and her young son participate in a disturbing town ritual where dark magic makes the dead return. This was good and disturbing.

All The Hallows In The High Hills
An old man visits another place. Okay.

Trick Or Treat
A bad witch’s daughter tries to resist becoming like her mother. Good.

From Dust
A family made a bargain, which has unwittingly been broken. Okay.

All Soul’s Day
A couple go looking for a haunted house. Okay.

And When You Called Us We Came To You
A labour camp inmate makes a wish and snotty American teenagers pay the price. Okay.

Best Line:
“Maura didn’t want to see her mom get drunk and whorey. Especially not at a party.”
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