What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween
Edited and with an introduction by Doug Draa
Halloween, a time for laughing children in white bedsheets and superhero costumes. A time for chocolate candy, and pumpkins, and Trick-or-Treat.
A time for dark things everything to slink out of the shadows and into our lives, reminding those unlucky few that our charades of Halloween cannot erase the centuries of history and pain behind the facade…
What October Brings celebrates the dark traditions of the autumn rituals, of Halloween and Samhain, in homage to the uniquely fascinating fiction of HP Lovecraft. Masters of the short story offer you a “once in a lifetime” Trick-or-Treat experience…
…perhaps your last experience!
The commissioned cover is by acclaimed Italian painter Daniele Serra.
Selected for a special Halloween promotion on Neil Gaiman’s “All Hallow’s Read” horror site, with a PDF download of Darrell Schweitzer’s story to give new readers a taste.
- With a Halloween anthology, one would expect a few tricks in with the treats. One would be wrong in this case. Eighteen tales and each one is a treat…masterfully curated by Draa and a delightfully grim look at how the Old Gent from Providence can still influence and inspire.
—David Goudsward, Hellnotes
- All the stories in this anthology are inspired by HP Lovecraft. Each has its own identity but the common thread is that they are all based around Halloween, the sea, a town called Innsmouth and Lovecraft himself. […] All the authors have brought their own take on Halloween and their inspiration they get from Lovecraft can be clearly seen. Suffice it to say that this book is a good read whether it is Halloween or not.
—HT Scott, British Fantasy Society
Halloween and Lovecraft. Two great things that belong together. And Weirdbook editor Douglas Draa is the man to make it happen… a handsome collection of original stories all packaged under a gorgeous cover by Italian artist Daniele Serra.
—John ONeill, Black Gate
- What October Brings is a veritable Candycornucopia of fatal delights! A hell of a Trick-or-Treat bag! (Or is that a Trick-or-Treat bag from Hell?) And not a crummy orange or walnut in the haul! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t razor blades in the chocolates! Let’s face it: you’d feel disappointed if there weren’t! My tummy’s already pleasantly aching from tasty treats by Cody Goodfellow, Ann K. Schwader, Darrell Schweitzer, Adrian Cole, Brian M. Sammons, and (burp) John Shirley. And I’m going back for more!
—Robert M. Price, Editor, Crypt of Cthulhu and Eldritch Tales
- Comprehensive reviews at
- Paul Dale Anderson :: That Small, Furry, Sharp-toothed Thing
- Alan Baxter :: Waters Strangely Clear
- Ran Cartwright :: The House on Jimtown Road
- Adrian Cole :: No Other God But Me
- Storm Constantine :: Down into Silence
- Tim Curran :: Spider Wasp
- Arinn Dembo :: The Old Man Down the Road
- Cody Goodfellow :: The War on Halloween
- Andre E. Harewood :: The Immortician
- Nancy Holder :: Nyarlahotep Came Down to Georgia
- Erica Ruppert :: Summer’s End
- Brian M. Sammons :: A Night for Masks
- Ann K. Schwader :: Inheritance
- Darrell Schweitzer :: Uncle’s in the Treetops
- John Shirley :: Hum—Hurt You. Hum—Hurt You. Hum—Hurt You.
- Lucy A. Snyder :: Cosmic Cola
- Chet Williamson :: Hell Among the Yearlings
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