Anilbalan Ghost Cities Blog: New post The October Country

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog again applauds Anilbalan for his timely post. October is upon us, Halloween looms. And Ray Bradbury did Halloween better than many. I had no idea he’d died. Perhaps he’ll come floating past my window like a wisp of cackling mist. Probably not!

But this Hugh Paxton Blog will be getting into the spirit of the event and will be vserving up a rather strange supernatural episode that has the virtue of being just over the shrine pond and two minutes walk away from my house.

I heard the stories last night. I’d heard some before, but the new lot had a disturbing validity. They were told by people present at the time of the child murders and suicide of the murdering father or mother.

What impressed me was the way the stories came from different directions and conspired to make a rather coherent picture. I don’t wish to be boring, but I don’t believe in ghosts. I do, however, love a good ghost story. Thai Village has a very good ghost story to tell and I will tell it.

Everybody else here (even lawyers, air hostesses and piano teachers!) do believe in ghosts. They say they’ve seen or heard them. And the “ghost house” is a property most difficult to rent. There’s singing. Apparently. And would-be tenants flip their wits and run away.

I’ll do the story tomorrow.

Cheers from a ghost free house in Bangkok! Over to Anilbalan and The October Country!

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The October Country

by anilbalan

With Halloween almost upon us, I thought that a post on the late Ray Bradbury – that October Dreamer extraordinaire – was timely. After all, the season of thrills and chills never had a greater fan, or finer exponent of the Halloween-themed short story, than the great man. Bradbury only passed away fairly recently (he lived from 1920-2012) but he left behind him a vast, influential body of work ranging from science fiction to horror novels, short stories, plays and TV scripts. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers, inspiring the likes of Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell and Robert Bloch to follow in his footsteps. Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories – more than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world. His honours include Emmy and Nebula awards, as well as the National Medal of Arts. However, leaving all these achievements aside, his work is particularly celebrated at this time of year – and he appears on this website mainly because of – his enduring love of the Halloween season. If you’re looking for something to put you in the mood this year, you could do much worse than seek out Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes or the stories of The October Country, which are nothing less than a series of passionate love-letters written about Halloween and all of its associated thrills and dread.

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anilbalan | October 19, 2014 at 2:00 am | Tags: October Country, Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes | Categories: Book, Horror, Supernatural fiction, Writer | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-o6

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