Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Last Halloween" / Shroud Magazine / Fall 2010

Kevin Lucia is guest editor for the upcoming Halloween special issue of Shroud Magazine released on Halloween 2010, and had sent out an open call. You can order this issue here.

After a long dry spell, I finally kicked my writing back into gear and wrote "Last Halloween" for the issue. I used to carry a small notebook with me as story ideas came to me, and more recently a Palm Pilot. I had two ideas jotted down, the first noted a few years back during trick or treating - what if a mother and her kids went trick or treating, but no one else did, for some reason everyone was afraid to go out at night but she insisted on bringing her kids - how would the neighbors deal with the situation, and what, exactly was the situation? Another note I'd taken was the concept of ghosts being drifters, like mist, wandering, wandering. There was more to that idea, but I simply used the drifting ghosts, coupled with the woman taking her kids out on Halloween when she should no longer be doing that, and the result, I hope, is a pretty cool story of loss, yearning and addictions - and withdrawals - people have for one another, and the past.