Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Night in the Lonesome October

In addition to watching as many horror movies as I possibly during this month, there is another tradition that I partake in, which is a reading of Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October. It's a book about a strange game that takes place in the English countryside where factions are formed and the players seem to be taken right out of horror fiction and movies and the results might mean the end of the world if the wrong team wins. The story is told by Snuff, the animal companion of Jack the Ripper as day by day, they assemble what they need for the end of the month finale.

It's an atmospheric and clever book and uses traditional characters in a fun way and having a book from dog's point of view is quite amusing and reminds me of Bunnicula in a way. The book is also broken up into chapters that correspond with each day in October, making a reading easy. Just do one a day. Some are long, some are only a page. It's a fun trip all the way to the end and worth repeating year after year. It adds a bit of familiarity to the month and makes it a little more special on rainy days like today. You can still catch up too if you hurry.

Check it out.

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