THE FIRST STEP
(HalloweenAddict.com) I like Halloween. Like. I LIKE it. I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s my second-favorite holiday after New Year’s Eve, which also encourages the consumption of sugars. But the sad truth is that I’ve never really gotten into Halloween the way you have; I grew up a Jehovah’s Witness. And by the time I left that religion at age 18, I had missed out on nearly everything about the holiday that makes it fun. However, that’s not to say that I can’t look at your Halloween festivities and say, “Gee, that looks like a swell time.” Halloween Addict is a terrific blog for us peeking-over-the-wall types; it’s all about candy and costumes and Zelda Rubinstein, and it makes the holiday’s pagan roots practically glisten with sweetness and blood. This is about as close as I like to get—though I will eat your candy.
(Frankensteinia.blogspot.com) He’s tall. He’s dark. He’s handsome, in a Mickey Rourke kind of way. He’s been played by De Niro, for crying out loud. And now, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s man of parts, has a long-overdue blog solely devoted to his electrifying cult of celebrity. Pierre Fournier’s Frankensteinia blog is all Frankie, all the time. The author profiles books, movies, comics, television shows and other media that have featured the big guy (as well as Mrs. Frankenstein), digs up artistic takes on the dashing green anti-hero, and makes a sincere and serious-minded effort to get to the root of the creature’s enduring appeal. The pictures—especially the Mrs. Frankenstein pinups, homina homina—are worth your while all by their lonesome. It … is … alive.
(GhostsOfAmerica.com) Once, I joined a ghost-hunting group. This wasn’t the slick, high-tech operation you see on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters; this was a couple dozen people snapping photos and looking for “orbs”—floating circles that denote a supernatural presence. (Or dust specks illuminated by the camera flash.) I can’t declare for the supernatural world—maybe there are ghosts, and maybe there aren’t. But I think an idea that lives for so long—long enough to inspire a user-supported ghost-sightings site like Ghosts of America—has to be based on something substantial. There are plenty of things in this world to be afraid of, and the fact that we keep coming back to ghosts … well, that says something to me, something substantial.