So Halloween is Tuesday. Say what??!! How on earth can it already be the end of October? But it just kind of crept up on us, didn’t it? When my son was younger, Halloween was always a busy time and a fun adventure. Over the years he’s dressed up as a baby pumpkin, a lion, a knight, a pirate, a vampire, a jungle explorer and Mr. Incredible from “The Incredibles,” among others. But this year, like the last several, now that he’s a big ‘ol teenager he’s helping man the door when the trick-or-treaters come, although there seem to be fewer of them each year, alas. The Halloween spirit is further dimming as our neighborhood may no longer be hosting its annual colorful Halloween parade.
But last week at the library, a book caught my eye — one that was perfect for this time of year. “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter,” by Theodora Goss, takes a novel twist on traditional horror characters in literature, centering on the children from the various stories. The central character is the daughter of Dr. Jekyll, but the offspring of Mr. Hyde, Dr. Frankenstein and others also play key roles. We even get to meet Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
I adore fiction set in Victorian-era England and this novel did not disappoint. So if you’re looking for something a little different to read this autumn, this might be worth a try.
So please share: What are your favorite horror books and authors? Or what are your favorite Halloween traditions? Are any of you dressing up for work or to greet the trick-or-treaters?