Halloween Publication: 'At the Stroke' in 'The Ghastling'

I love Christmas, but there's a saccharine need for it to be a perfect representation of the ideal festive holiday: happy family times, good will, games and contentment around the table. Halloween, however, doesn't have that pressure. Halloween is when we embrace our darker sides, revel in death and fear, and if we don't behave ourselves it's almost expected -- and yet, despite that, everyone seems to get along better at Halloween than at Christmas. Plus, I'm a Halloween kid at heart: I prefer russet leaves to blank snow, tombstones to Christmas trees, black lace to sparkle. This year I was a voodoo princess (partly inspired by my hankering for some good voodoo YA that no one has yet to subm

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