01 October 2008

The most wonderful time of the year

Welcome to October Country.

This isn’t just a month. It’s a timeless world of fantasy half in warmth, half in chill. October is a state of mind. It’s the greatest, most wonderful time of the year. Don’t give me that Johnny Mathis junk about December. October rules. It’s the month of H. P. Lovercraft, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Shirley Jackson, John Carpenter, Tim Burton, Batman, Jerry Goldsmith’s score to The Omen, “Danse Macabre,” strange late-night masquerades, the early setting sun, the golden leaves in the night wind, the crisp sound of the slowly dying year.

October is King. Let it into your heart all year round.

(Thank you to Ray Bradbury for the term October Country)