Another Halloween

It’s that time of year again, when our culture takes a holiday originating in fall harvest and the passing of generations, and turns it into a celebration of imagination, childhood, community, misrule, aggression, terror, & trauma (as well as another opportunity for a capitalist binge).

I’ve been thinking a little lately about the meaning of zombies and vampires, and perhaps will post on it some time, but for now you can learn about the varieties of horror in Storytelling and Fear, or enjoy the Tricks & Treats of the Carnival of Homeschooling: 148 — The Halloween Edition. Graphic novel fans shouldn’t miss Glen Weldon’s insightful and hilarious review of The Walking Dead in Funnybook Roundup, Halloween Edition: “Braaaaaaaaaains….” from Monkey See.

And if you are still feeling political at this stage in the game: The Politics of Fear, Be Not Afraid, and an in-depth analysis of the storytelling that has been deployed on behalf of Barack Obama and John McCain from David Bordwell, author of The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies, in It Was a Dark and Stormy Campaign.

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