I don't even mind the fuss about Halloween, but it probably helps that trick-or-treating is not very popular here.
What I love most about the end of October is that invisible blanket of deep but snug melancholy that seems to cover us all. Once more, we remember our loved ones, we start contemplating the year that's coming to an end, prepare ourselves for a cold (and possibly long) winter, and gather around the fire to express our hopes for what might come next. (There might have been some projection going on in this paragraph.)
It's also a great period for writing. I usually find my imagination running wild, especially late at night, trying to squeeze my novel or other stories into twists and turns I wouldn't think of during the lighter half of the year.
Today, in anticipation of the days to come, I wanted to share a few pictures I've taken over the past couple of years. It's an eclectic collection, but they're all places or buildings that could be the perfect setting for a ghost story, a scary novel or a real-life Halloween gathering with friends.
Now picture these locations on a dark October night. What gloomy adventures could be happening there, at this very moment?
|Boscastle, Cornwall. The Museum of Witchcraft|
|Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire, England|
|Graveyard at Asthall, Oxfordshire, England|
|Details on one of the tombs.|
Graveyard at Asthall, Oxfordshire, England
|Church of Notre Dame at Epernay, France|
|Alchemist's Street, up in the castle. Prague, Czech Republic|
|Old castle steps. Prague, Czech Republic.|
|Graveyard, Crail, Scotland|
|House in Olot, Catalunya, Spain|
|Jewish cemetery in Worms, Germany|
|Temple of Mars, Rome, Italy|
[Except for the jack-o-lanterns, all images in this article were made by the author]
This post was inspired by the Halloween "Book or Treat" blog party for Unicef. You can find out more - and donate - after clicking on the image below: