October! This is my month, which really just means that there's a lot of things associated with this time of year (harvest season) that I really, really like. I've rambled on it in the past, so I'll keep it short now.
The month culminates with Halloween, which to my wife and me isn't just a one-off kooky holiday. We take that day and drag it backwards in time so that the whole of October is peppered with bits of it. the decorations are already up, I've already got a pumpkin, and I'm gearing up for some scary movie watching throughout the month. I like how a bunch of networks run these horror movie marathons. Take that, the brisker weather (at least it should be; it isn't always), the falling, multicolored leaves, the darker days, and you've got a net effect that just appeals to the core of me.
While I'm always a fan of horror in writing, art, and movies, that craving magnifies a whole bunch because of this seasonal shift. Of course, it's prompted by the commercialism which only increases in this country with every passing year. Somehow the festivities of Halloween seem to be observed less and less, yet the amount of plastic Halloween crap you can buy booms. Thing is, I like all that stuff. Okay, it can get ridiculous.
Speaking of which, I'm doing my part for the Halloween effort:
In addition, the horror website Flames Rising is offering a daily dose of monsters throughout the month of October. Somewhere in the mix will be one of mine. Check 'em out each day.