New Orleans is showing its Halloween spirit. Cellophane and paper ghosts share the windows of the French Quarter and Marigny homes with the specters and shadows that haunt downtown. The LaLaurie Mansion's display is equally entertaining and gruesome, mirroring the property's gory past. Lights and spider webs and pumpkins decorate the galleries, and tour groups huddle a little closer together as they pass the Octoroon Mistress's balcony on the 700 block of Royal Street.
Music spills into the streets, still heeding the Axeman's warning.
Soon the Krewe of Boo and Anba Dlo parades will zig-zag over the uneven streets souls with outstretched arms cry out for plastic cups, candy, and beads—the city's rituals encourage both the living and the dead to dance upon the broken sidewalks.
I love this time of year.
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Here's an excerpt from THE MAN WHO MARRIED BLUEBEARD'S DAUGHTER by ROHIT SAWANT:
He told me about the young lady who’d moved in early this morning. I had woken up late and spent the rest of the day holed up in my studio, which was a corner room facing away from the house in question.
If there had been any commotion, I was unaware, absorbed in applying the final touches to a painting I was supposed to deliver yesterday. But I needn’t have worried about missing anything; Hatim, who lived two streets down from my house, filled me in. He was the local crystal ball when it came to women.
She was, he informed me, a singular beauty. And she had the most peculiar shade of hair.
“Peculiar how?” I asked.
“From what I’ve heard she has blue hair.”
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Today's prize, THE FACE by DEAN KOONTZ.
He’s Hollywood’s most dazzling star, inspiring the worship of millions and the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying “messages” penetrates the security of his legendary estate. All that stands between him and an insidious killer is a weary ex-cop who has already seen his own death.
Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope. Dean Koontz takes readers on an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, with a brilliantly observed chronicle of good and evil in our time, of illusion and everlasting truth.
To enter for this prize, we want to know about any haunted spots by where you live? Tell us the legends, and if you have encountered anything supernatural during your explorations.
Stay scary, cats.