Okay, now that that’s out of the way, who’s doing NaNoWriMo? I don’t do much for Halloween, because I’m usually thinking about the novel I need to start tomorrow.
So, is there anything that does excite me about Halloween? Funny you should ask. There’s an event called All Hallow’s Read, which suggests that you give a friend or loved one a book for Halloween.
You know if there are books involved, I’m all over it. I found out about it last year when Neil Gaiman helped promote it by giving away a wonderful story he’d written, called “Click-Clack the Rattlebag”. He read it in his lovely, plummy voice, and Audible gave it away to anyone who could download it by October 31, 2012. They donated $1 to DonorsChoose.org, too. Sadly, “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” is no longer available at any price, at least as far as I know. Correct me if I’m wrong, please!
So I can’t offer you the Neil Gaiman story I wanted you to have. I can’t even tell you where to buy it. But don’t let that stop you from giving someone a book for Halloween.
Anyway, in the generous tradition of Audible.com (and as a consolation prize), I’m offering a story I wrote for Halloween last year. It’s not Neil Gaiman, but, hey, it’s free. My inspiration was the theatrical superstition connected to saying the name of a famous Scottish play by Shakespeare. If you’re not familiar with the superstition, here’s a short primer, courtesy of The Simpsons:
Without further ado, here’s my ghost story: