Monday, October 29, 2018

Six scary stories for Halloween

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is the author of The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror. One of six scary stories or story collections he tagged at the Guardian:
The short story lends itself to horror at least in part because both require an economy of detail. Slowly, Slowly in the Wind is a late-ish Patricia Highsmith collection, published in 1979, and while it’s a little uneven (the work of a miserable mid-century alcoholic 30 years into her career), nasty little treasures such as “Those Awful Dawns” make the journey worth it. This tale is a loosely reworked urban legend – bad, drug-addled parents; an open medicine cabinet; some unloved, curious children – in which dreadful but comic circumstances roll relentlessly downhill.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue