October – The Most Wonderful Month of the Year

Make no mistake…October is my most favorite month of the year!

Why?

  • Ghost stories
  • Autumn leaves
  • Fall fashions and Halloween costumes
  • Blue skies, brisk breezes, crisp apples & endless pumpkins
  • Mystery

Every October I look forward to 31 days filled with spooky, creepy, mysterious and scintillating stories that stretch the limits of reality.

More often than not, I am disappointed.

Last night, we went to a cute, nostalgic music review entitled Pump Boys and Dinettes at the Holly Theater.  My guy wanted to see it and I love to support local, community theater.  As soon as I had the playbill in my hands, I looked for the next show to see if it would be something mysterious and intriguing.  Nothing.  There’s a magician scheduled for October 28, then it’s Babes In Toyland starting in November.

Huh?

A quick iPhone search of all community theater productions in the greater Atlanta area showed me that there is only one stage production planned in October 2011 that might just tie in with the haunted theme of the season.  Has no one heard of Agatha Christie or Alfred Hitchcock or even good old Stephen King?

Seriously?

Here’s the thing…I’m not a fan of horror. I think I’ve mentioned that before.  No knives, chainsaws, demons (unless the demon is very clever and suave in his evil business), vampires or chop, chop, chop gore-fest special effects.

Cozy ghost stories with a mystery twist are my favorite.  Perhaps that seems like an oxymoron, but I love well-written, intriguing, only slightly spooky tales of the supernatural.

It’s difficult to describe what I love.  The best way to explain is to give examples….

The Top 10+ Mysterious Haunting Movies I Love:

  1. Stir of Echoes
  2. The Others
  3. The Sixth Sense
  4. Ghost Story
  5. The Woman In White
  6. What Lies Beneath
  7. Gaslight
  8. The Gift
  9. Til Human Voices Wake Us
  10. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  11. Anything by Alfred Hitchcock

That is by NO way a comprehensive list, but it will get us started.

I’m writing a paranormal novel where ghosts and ghost stories are required.  I want to experience new ghost stories that tingle, but don’t terrify.  And it’s October for creep’s sake!  I think I’ll post a few of my own fictional ghost stories this month.  I guess if I can’t find the stories I want to read, I’ll have to write them.

In the meantime, feel free to post any thoughts on October or ghostly stories.  I need material.

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