There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago…
Man, ghost stories at Christmas. Can I live at your house, Andy Williams?
The only holiday ghost story at my house is A Christmas Carol–but then again, it’s pretty great. Victorianism and Christmas go together like eggnog and brandy, and what did Victorians love more than anything?
Don’t believe me? Well guess what: Dickens himself was a paranormal investigator-I’m dead serious, it’s a documented fact.
And you can read all about it in my new Playboy article “The Truths Behind Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s Ghost Stories.”
I can’t emphasize how much historical weirdness is in this article. It has:
- Queen Victoria Being Creepy
- Lincoln Attending a Séance
- Mourning Warehouses
- Spring-Heeled Jack
- The London Monster
- Trance Mediums Making Out With Clients
- Spirits From Beyond Calling for Women’s Suffrage
Check it out–or I’ll haunt you.
It’s been a busy time — as a writer who loves ghosts, ghouls, and everything spooky, the Season of Shadows always means more work for me.
Now that we’ve hit November (aka post-Halloween depression season) I can finally take stock and update what’s been going on.
First of all, I visited the interactive Resident Evil haunted house at Universal Studios Japan and wrote about it for Playboy.
By the way–that link is now Safe For Work since Playboy‘s gone nude-free.
I also had a just-for-fun piece on GamesRadar+ about all the ridiculous outfits the Pokémon company has dressed Pikachu in. Are you ready to see a J-Pop Pikachu? Is anybody?
And finally, I wrote a piece for Slate‘s Future Tense Blog on how H.P. Lovecraft is an unrecognized master of environmental horror. It also has some thoughts about how society tends to age out of certain fears, and age into others.
So that was Halloween. Bring on November! Gonna be a good one.