As much as the anticipation leading up to October 31st brings me great joy every year, the impending arrival of Halloween also brings on some sadness, too. That's because it marks the last day of the greatest month of the year, and the elbowing aside of the great things that make it the greatest. Sure, we horror nerds will continue watching and reveling in all things creepy, year around, but the mainstream's focus will shift to the nauseating displays of treacly holiday claptrap surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas. For some of us, that's almost too much to bear. That's okay, at least we have movies like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles to help us through Thanksgiving, or like Black Christmas or New Year's Evil to provide some yuletide cheer.
At this point, 2019 has started to wear me out. I'm not sure how much new content you'll see around here these next few months. I go through this annually, where I question why I'm writing this blog, and for whom I'm doing it (besides for myself, of course), because based on dwindling page views I don't think anyone's even reading anymore. This sends me tumbling down into an existential crisis that can last days, weeks, months. I start to waver. Maybe I should just shutter the blog? Move on, do something else. Focus my writing elsewhere. But, it is fun writing here. Okay, sometimes it's fun. When it is, it's a lot of fun. Even if I feel like I'm just shouting out into the void.
I dunno. We'll see. Maybe I'll surprise myself. I do have several things in the hopper. A few capsule reviews are queued up, and that's a format I like but after doing seventeen of them since April, I might need a break for a while. There's also one Misspent Youth piece ready to go, plus another one or two in the early stages of drafting. Maybe I'll have enough to squeak by with some relatively consistent content for the rest of the year. One thing I'm definitely excited about, though, are more dual Michelle Pfeiffer reviews with my pfriend Paul from Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies. Stay tuned for that.
I managed to knock out six Halloween (or Halloween-adjacent) posts over the last two months. Read them now and remember how young and hopeful I was before the threat of post-Halloween ennui arrived.
Scream Queens of Halloween: Danielle Harris
These Are a Few of My Favorite (Halloween) Things
Still Howling: Ten Years of Shakira's She Wolf
Scream Queens of Halloween: Linnea Quigley
Halloween Treats: Christine McConnell and Her Curious Creations
Happy Halloween, everybody. Enjoy the season while it lasts. After that, enjoy dreaming of its triumphant annual return.