Happy Halloween, It’s a Bloody Puppet Show. I loved this story. It’s the kind of story where I can see the ending coming from a long way off, but I don’t care. Something about the voice of the tale really pulled me in, it reminded me of a simpler time in my life, of elementary school and Halloweens when I was a poor kid wearing an orange garbage bag with holes cut out for my head and arms as my costume (I was a pumpkin!). It spoke to me, and because it spoke to me you can imagine my glee when its author, Bill Ratner, agreed to record it as well as allowing us to publish the print version.
So Happy Halloween, It’s a Bloody Puppet Show became our first ever audio story, and if you haven’t listened to it, you’re missing out. Later that year Bill also submitted (and recorded) his story Basement Shade which is also a great story. It doesn’t touch me in the same way that Happy Halloween does but that, I suppose, is because it has a totally different atmosphere to it 🙂
This post has been written as a part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is ‘Niteblade‘, which is the magazine I publish. I chose this theme to help draw attention to the magazine during this, it’s 2nd annual fundraiser.
My first post in this series was about choosing stories and poems to nominate for awards and I’ve gone through a similar process in deciding what to write about for these posts. Not only did I have to choose stories and poems I loved, but they also had to fit with the A-Z theme. Tricky!
Blogging from A to Z 2013:
A: Award Nominations
B: Brenda Stokes Barron
C: Cato, Beth – The Pacifier
D: December 2011 (Giveaway open until April 30th)
E: Evil Bird
F: First Loves for the First Time
G: The Gnome’s Spectacles
H: Happy Halloween, It’s a Bloody Puppet Show