Title: The First Lunar Halloween
Author: John R. Little
In: Haunted Nights (Lisa Morton & Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Horror, Science fiction
Dates read: 30th December 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: “It wasn’t real?”
It’s their first Halloween on the surface of the moon. They’re trying to reconstruct some of the practices of long-dead Earth. But at what cost?
I’ve decided I need more stories based on the moon. I’ve decided that now, after reading this short story. Because it is about Halloween set on the moon. And there is always something fun about grabbing an everyday event and pulling it onto a whole other planet. Literally.
This was also a very tragic way to end the Haunted Nights collection. After all, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. Even if it has a fun, easy story at the beginning. The ending. Not so good. The ways in which Halloween can be construed by outsiders… also not so good. I was actually quite sad when this story ended because it took an event that is normally really fun for children and destroyed parts of it.
There seems to be a fairly recurring theme in what I read about Armageddon. Which makes sense because I have an entire shelf of dystopian novels just waiting to be read. And since at the point of my writing this, there are a ridiculous number of fires burning all across my country… I feel like it’s not as far fetched as I used to believe. Which is terrifying in a whole other way.
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