We’ve made it to the 10th month of post-rational society and so far, I think we all did a pretty good job of navigating this new lawless and leaderless landscape. For the month of October, as a token of appreciation to myself and all of you, I shall refrain from posting anything about the real-life monsters ravaging the earth in favor of slightly less frightening things that go bump in the night. Many of my virtual comrades seem to be in agreement that we’ve earned a well-deserved break from the anxious analysis of threats emanating from the rotting jack-o-lantern trying to dominate the narrative from Pennsylvania Avenue, so I will do my little part to provide some diversionary Halloween-appropriate material for you to read over your pumpkin spice lattes. As promised, I will bring Ningun Santuario to its conclusion this month so that the story in its entirety will be available by Halloween. But since there are only 2 or 3 more installments to go in that serial horror story, I will also attempt to conjure new monsters to inspire your nightmares.
My good friend Merbear74 of knockedoverbyafeather will also be posting here on Spooky Action At A Distance starting this month. She recently reached the five year anniversary of her wonderful blog and found that it’s become infested by termites, so critical maintenance is required. In the meantime, you can find her here tempering my morbidity with her priceless wit. I know that many of you are already familiar with her writing, but for those who aren’t, do yourself a favor and give her posts a read. You’ll be glad you did.
When I’m not attempting to scare the shit out of my readers here on WordPress, I’m going to spend October trying to figure out which of the following things I should pursue to become slightly less of a hermit than I’ve been for a pathetically long time now:
1) Flee the country for better lands
2) Fall off the grid within the country by joining a Buddhist monastery or some stupid hippie commune
3) Meet a woman and find out if I still have a fucking clue about how to initiate a romantic situation
Did anyone actually fall for that shit? Hell, I’m the one who said it and I’d still place a sizeable bet that by month’s end, I will not have pursued or even contemplated any of those things. I probably won’t even bother donning a costume on the 31st, because I don’t have anywhere to go to display it. Plus, I think my best costumes are behind me. For Halloween, 1995, I was Kurt Cobain with the back of my head blown out. Halloween, 2006 saw me dressed as Steve Irwin with a rubber stingray sticking out of my chest. For Halloween, 2005, I channeled Alice Cooper:
And on Halloween, 2011, I was Breaking Bad’s Heisenberg:
But this year, I shall be dressed as a middle-aged antisocial curmudgeon. The costume will be so good, you won’t even realize I’m wearing one.
Wishing you a distractedly horrifying month, my friends.