And here we meet again. The past couple of months have proved difficult for consistent newsletter sending, obviously. But it’s a fresh month and life is settling down. Another round of updates:
- I started my first university class in close to eighteen years. I had a few spotty years of college under my belt in my early twenties but never finished my degree. So, at age forty, I transferred to a new university, switched my field of study to Film & Television and started taking classes. It’s pretty neat.
- I went apple picking and wandered around a corn maze. As you do.
- I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even got past episode one of Squid Game. Can you imagine.
Now that it’s October, I’m in full autumn swing. I picked out some favorite books and films and stuff so that you can burrow into the season and never come back out.
- The House Next Door, Anne Rivers Siddons
- Elizabeth, Ken Greenhall
- Come Closer, Sara Gran
- Dark Tales, Shirley Jackson
- The October Country, Ray Bradbury
- I started getting candles from the Magic Candle Company to relive Disney World, but it also turns out they have a great list of fall scents. I recommend Haunted, Poison Apple, Terror and Pumpkin King.
- Even if you’re as hopeless of a cook as I am, it’s hard to screw up apple crisp. So get some apples and make some crisp.
- The Muppets Haunted Mansion special is available today why aren’t we all watching it right now.
“We’ve lost the dial-up sound to a trove of bygone minutia too roundabout to explain while we were busy hurtling toward a frictionless future. But isn’t that something, listening in to the scrambled murmurs of a computer game hopping over copper wires running through the walls?” I miss the dial-up modem sound.
- I finally caught up with Laura Lippman’s latest, Dream Girl, and of course you want to read it.
- Brand New Cherry Flavor is an inconsistent but unique slice of surrealist horror, recommended for the patient.
- Brandi Carlile's In These Silent Days is a great listen. I particularly like "Mama Werewolf," which also seems seasonally appropriate.
- Quiet Little Horrors has been quiet for a couple of months, but it returns this Sunday, October 10, with a mini about Midsommar. In the next full episode, coming out on October 24, we’ll discuss The Invitation. And! We’ll have a special Halloween episode on October 31, but we’ll keep that film secret for now.
- I was way over-ambitious with my horror film newsletter Scarlet Adventuress. After regrouping, I’m moving to a once-a-month cadence and I’ll have a new essay over there at the close of October. Also, if anyone has tried to subscribe to that and run into issues, please let me know! I got a couple reports of that and I’m trying to troubleshoot.
- My teenage daughter has expressed interest in watching more horror movies, so I made a Shocktober 2021 list for us to dip into over October. Feel free to use for your own burgeoning horror film fans (YMMV!).
This week’s quote is from Robert Browning.