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A Halloween Reader. Poems, Stories and Plays from Halloween Past, Pelican Publishing, 2004; 2nd printing 2007; ebook 2012
About the book:
The literature of Halloween began in a time when poets, playwrights, and storytellers told tales inspired by fear of fate, the unknown, and the inexplicable--stories about dead souls and otherworldly creaters who drifted through the dark only on Halloween, when the spirit world seemed close enough to touch. A Halloween Reader spans British Irish, Scottish, French, Canadian, and American literature from the 16th to the 20th centuries and includes well-known writers as well as hard-to-find, little known works such as a rare Halloween mention in a colonial American play and a French journalist's retelling of a night spent amongst the bones of a Breton charnel house.