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The big spook off!
The final weekend before Halloween
It is Halloween in a few days, and we have not had a big spook-off newsletter yet, which I think is the crime of the century, but I do have a tendency to dabble in the dramatics. Here are some pictures, poems, songs, music, and video recommendations, all in the spirit of Halloween.
Halloween AF (The Mind Noise Edition)
Obit is a book by Victoria Chang that entirely revolves around the death of her mother and the unspoken contagious nature of grief. Obit isn’t haunted as much as it is haunting, but it suits a spooky season read because of its handling of death and grief makes you feel the ghosts of all that has been lost. The Obit became a poetry form, and honestly, this is essential reading. Read it, and if you’re a writer, write an Obit.
Beyond other poems, here is the usual 3x3 that you find in these newsletters.
Skinamarink is a controversial movie. I wouldn’t even say it is a movie as much as it is a horror experience. It is uneventful but full of event. It pushes experimental to its borders in both visual and audio and sticks to its nothingness for the entirety. Instead of suggesting you check out the full hour and forty movie, here is a short by the same creators in the exact same style. Phones off. Lights off. Fully immersed is the only way into this. Best of luck. I also made a list of thirteen of my favourite horror movies, which you can find by clicking HERE. It was a hard choice, and it probably shifts often, but I love each and every one of these films for the spooky season.
YouTube is oddly great for short movies, especially of the horror genre. Here are two that you most definitely should check out:
This first record only came out Friday, but it runs down the same street as the Victoria Chang book. It isn’t haunting, but it is haunted. There’s a ghost on every corner of this record, and there’s a sadness that is never too far behind, and sometimes, it even manages to get ahead.
This playlist is also strangely great for Halloween:
Enjoy the rest of spooky month! May the scares be with you.