Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Little Halloween Talk - by Joe R. Lansdale - A Halloween Short

4 of 5 Stars  (Revised)

Cemetery Dance Publications continues their 13 Days of Halloween with one of the brightest stars in the Horror genre, Joe R. Lansdale.  This past year the Horror Writers Association awarded Joe the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, so Joe knows a thing or two about telling a good story.

A Little Halloween Talk was definitely fun and I realize the protagonist was telling the story in what seems to be a Brooklynese accent, which I enjoyed, but there were plenty of misspellings which I've been informed are there to give the reader a feel for the education level and communication skills of the protagonist.  That said, I still had occasional trouble understanding what was being said and it did distract from my overall enjoyment of the story.

What I did like, and found to be totally original was the Pumpkin Chop game.  "A grown man with a axe, trying to see how many times he could chop at a pumpkin rolling down a hill without getting out from behind a line."

A Little Halloween Talk is a part of the 13 Days of Halloween from Cemetery Dance and is available from their website, as well as from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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