Title: The Horror Writers’ Halloween Ball
Author: Derek Landy
In: Armageddon Outta Here (Derek Landy)
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant #0.5
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Dark fantasy, Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Harper Collins
5th sentence, 74th page: They lay there like that for some time.
Gordon Edgley has been invited to the famed horror writer Sebastian Fawkes’ legendary, very exclusive, annual Halloween costume ball, and has brought Skulduggery along (dressed as Claude Raines’ Invisible Man) thinking he’ll enjoy it. All present are horror writers and Gordon is struggling with his Creature from the Black Lagoon costume, but it’s not so bad when he runs into an old acquaintance, Susan DeWick , even if she’s more charmed by Skulduggery. After Fawkes himself makes a speech, he approaches Gordon and effectively berates him and his first novel, Caterpillars, before departing.
Gordon Edgely’s death is the instigator of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and although Skulduggery talks about it, it’s kind of hard to see how they related to one another. Until you read The Horror Writers’ Halloween Ball – it’s one of the adventures the two had together and an idea of how their friendship operated.
The world of writing and publishing is overwhelming. I’ve been trying to dip my toes into the world, and can’t imagine what it’s like to actually “make it”. So, Gordon’s presence at a ball specifically for the elite of horror writers was fascinating. It sounds just as bitchy as I imagine any group of the elite can be. The sinister deals that the head of this group decided to make just help to highlight how compromising things can be.
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