Halloween. It's like Xmas for horror fans.
One time a year when our obsession infects the whole nation; when reality turns into a day-glo Mardi Gras of the Macabre. Streets and shops are decked out like late night creature feature-movie sets.
Teen-zombies and vampire goth girls dance the Monster Mash and things go-go bump and grind in the night.
And Boris Karloff and Vincent Price stalk TV screens, as ghoulishly-garbed children knock at the door threatening a fire-bombing if they don't get a six pack of lager and some cigs(or mebbe that's just in Stoke?).
Halloween with it's cheap plastic skulls, Jack-o-Lanterns, bats, Frankenstein masks, hairy horror hands, Drac fangs ,Witches hats and Haunted House shows. Gaudy, gory and gloriously gruesome.
Personally, i think once a year is not near enough.
For those who get that same chiller-thrill every October Creepfest, i offer you a deliciously dark selection of links, guaranteed to send a diabolical tingle(r) down your hunchbacked spine.
Pete Von Sholly