Hi, all. Sometimes I read seasonally. For instance, conditioned by years in grade school and college, I feel like reading a book with a literary rep. about the time school starts -- this year's was Twilight by William Gay -- and I often pull out something like A Christmas Carol or Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (M.R. James) for the December holidays. Come Oct., though, as the nights get dark earlier and the leaves begin to clutter the pavement and lawns, I want to settle into something ... outre, uncanny, spooky, ghostly, ... wicked. Works I've read in the past include, Jonathan Carroll, The Marriage of Sticks Poppy Z. Brite, Wormwood (col) Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, From Hell (graphic novel) John Connelly, Every Dead Thing Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes Stewart O’Nan, The Night Country Bob Leman, The Feesters in the Lake and Other Stories (col) Christopher Priest, The Prestige Norman Partridge, Dark Harvest Thomas Ligotti, Grimscribe (col) This year I'm already two-thirds through Ramsey Campbell's Ancient Images -- unless it tails off badly, I'll be mentioning this in the reading thread and probably in the recommendations thread -- and I'll probably follow it up with either Campbell's Midnight Sun or with Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October. So ... Am I the only one who tailors his reading for October and Halloween? If not, what have you read in the past? And what are you planning on reading to get in the mood this year? Randy M.