The month of Halloween is now upon us. It's now also socially acceptable to cover your house with real/fake cobwebs and wear that awesome guinea pig costume you bought, but never had the chance to wear in public without weird stares!
But how does one get into the Halloween spirit? Well, for most who are into the holiday, as well as commercial retailers, the Halloween season pretty much starts in September when the leaves kind of change colors. During this period, especially in October, horror movies will start to pop up more frequently on T.V stations, and MrCreepyPasta starts uploading more content. Simply watching movies and listening to horror stories can help put you in the Halloween mood. Movies I love include IT, Pan's Labyrinth, The original Exorcist movie, The Silence of The Lambs, The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet), as well as any of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, Halloween ones, and Friday the 13th, of course.
Music can also promote that lovely Halloween mood, especially bands like Carach Angren that tell elaborate stories in their music. I mean, just check out this excerpt from the song "Tragedy Ever After," on their newest album:
"She opens her eyes.
Her face is covered in blood.
She appears to be surrounded by twisted trees
in this abysmal dream.
Under a toxic blood red sky,
ghostly clouds quickly passing by.
"Please! Can someone tell me,
this place wherein I dwell,
where does it reside between heaven and hell?
Am I dead?"
Some good stuff, really. I listen to that band on the daily. 10/10 do see them live if you have the chance. Cradle of Filth is another band that incorporates vast amounts of horror in their lyrics and sound.
Books and short stories are also a fantastic way to get some horror in your life. Authors like Stephen King and Clive Barker write glorious books and short stories. H.P Lovecraft, who passed away in 1937, is one of the founders of what we know horror to be today; spawning in a new era of the morbid. If you love classical pieces, the epics Paradise Lost, and Beowulf are also great. Books/stories I love, include pretty much anything from Stephen King, especially IT, Clive Barker's The Inhuman Condition and Books of Blood, Carson Bennett's The Haunting Mind (shameless self promotion), as well as Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror.
Video games are another lovely medium in which horror is portrayed. Games such as the Doorways series, Left 4 Dead, Subnautica, the Resident Evil games, F.E.A.R, the Dead Space games, Killing Floor, and many many more, do a fantastic job of building a looming and decrepit atmosphere to engulf the player. You can also add Demon Souls and the Dark Souls series, if you find repetitive death and huge monsters that kill you, and your self confidence, in one sweeping blow interesting.
Also, keep an eye out for this year's skeleton war.
The Halloween season is a great time of the year, especially on work dress up days.