A Halloween Present from Neil Gaiman

I found a Halloween link today, a little late — but to me, it doesn’t matter that Halloween is over for 2010.  To me, life is an endless, eternal Halloween, and we should do something every day to keep the spooky spirit alive in the childhood hearts that beat deep inside our adult shells.

Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust, American Gods and DC’s Sandman series, has given the world the germ of a Halloween present.  It’s a present I ask for every year at Halloween, and a tradition I want to share with everyone I can.

Here are some great ideas that combine scary with that innocent frisson we all felt on chill Halloween nights, when the moon rose, wolves howled in the distance, and we ran through our neighborhoods, capes flapping, leaves fluttering at our feet:

‘Salem’s Lot
The Turn of the Screw
Hell House
The Shining
The Stand
Something Wicked This Way Comes
October Dreams
The House Next Door
Anno Dracula
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Haunting of Hill House
The Exorcist

And if you want to help UNICEF — something us fifty-somethings did at Halloween during the ’60s — go here to keep Halloween literate, too.

Now this book?  Really scary.