And me and mine got to experience a full, glorious Halloween Season.
Still, just as with every season, there were some great surprises.
Getting to talk to Jeffrey Combs was a huge one. Watching his movies was a non-elective part of my horror education back when I used to mainline horror movies in our attic in northeastern Maryland on a tiny TV thanks to a local video rental store that offered five movies for five days for five dollars. I’m talking VHS tapes here.
And that guy’s phone number is now in my cell phone.
Oh, and the maraschino cherry on that is somehow, as a result of that interview, my Twitter handle was inadvertently included in a Twitter conversation started by none other than movie legend Roger Corman himself (or whoever runs his Twitter account):
And while all that was definitely my highlight, the lesser lights were no less bright. Discovering the ruins of Medfield State Hospital was one of my favorite memories of this entire year, much less season. And then getting to see a piece of Edgar Allan Poe’s original coffin was surreal.
Also incredibly surprising was the amount of attention the silly post about my skeletons received. It’s kind of been everywhere online, but the biggest media outlets that contacted me for interviews and to run the pictures were The Daily Mail and Good Morning America. Getting major attention for something minor is a weird and much more preferred than getting minor attention for something major, I guess.
But, to be fair, here’s an exclusive Skull in the Family pick just for you guys:
Or the strange situation that, this season, we watched more spooky episodic television than spooky movies. I mean we live in a time where Dracula, Hannibal Ector, Edgar Allan Poe, the Headless Horseman, zombies, witches (of East End and American Horror Story), psychos, and vampires are all taking prime-time spots instead of the usual barrage of cop and medical dramas. And while I can’t say they’re all great shows, I way dig the idea of taking my horror in hour increments...complete with Halloween-themed commercials.
Anyway, my season gets capped tonight by trick-or-treating for the second year in a row, after which we’ll hang out with friends, drink hard cider (or maybe faux Pepsi Jazz), and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Then the jack-o-lanterns will go dark.
Usually, after overdosing on the macabre throughout the season, I like to take a break from the morbid until Christmas. But this year, I dive right back into my Poe book project. After all, by the time the next Halloween Season rolls around, I want to be able to show you guys a book with a mustachioed man on the cover.
I mean, I’ll be around…maybe not publishing that many long-form articles over the next few months, but definitely posting other things, here, on the OTIS Facebook Page, Twitter. So stick with me. I’ll need you to distract me from my work frequently. It’s how I work.
Seriously, thanks so much for reading the OTIS Halloween Blog (and OTIS in general), sending me emails and hitting me up on the socials. For liking posts and pages and retweeting links and sharing posts with friends and not getting pissed that my site is light text on a dark background.
I like celebrating the season with you guys.