Paranormal October continues!Today I welcome to the blog writer Ingrid Hall. Today Ingrid shares with us some thoughts about the relationship between Halloween and death. What do you think? And please be sure to check out the free anthology (link below) and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway (link after the bio).
Our Day of PassingIngrid Hall
In the same way that consumerism has taken over Christmas Day and millions of people now associate it with the giving and receiving of presents rather than the birth of Jesus Christ, Halloween, rather than just being an opportunity to don a silly mask, dress up in an outlandish costume and scare your neighbors into giving you loads of candy actually has a darker meaning. For All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints Day in which the dead are honored was once the night when people stuck two fingers up at death by ridiculing it.
Death has both scared and fascinated people in equal measure since the beginning of time. Whether it scares you or fascinates you, it is not something that you can escape. Many face their fear of death with with a gallows style sense of humor. Perhaps that it one way people wrap their heads around their own mortality. I used to be terrified of dying until a near-death experience in my mid-twenties changed all that! The experience would later be the inspiration for my novella The Tunnel Betwixt… and it was also the main reason I was happy to agree to compile and edit Our Day of Passing – An Anthology of Short Stories, Poems and Essays with my co-conspirator Franco Esposito.
The Anthology, which includes work by an eclectic bunch of over thirty international authors and poets, tackles the subject of death and dying head on. At times macabre, at times uplifting, one thing is certain it is guaranteed to get people thinking and talking about the subject.
Some people believe in ghosts. Some people do not. Others believe in God and Heaven, whereas for others death is quite literally the final curtain. Whatever your beliefs and no matter how comfortable (or uncomfortable) the prospect of your own mortality makes you feel, I hope that you will find something in this collection to make you sit up and think.
Death is a topic that has the ability to stimulate the most creative and thought-provoking written pieces. Testament to this is Our Day of Passing which is formed from an eclectic mix of short stories, poems, fictions and essays. With contributions from more than 30 talented writers across the globe, this anthology provides a fascinating interpretation of an event that comes to us all...eventually.
The following authors and poets have all contributed their work to Our Day of Passing: Ingrid Hall, Franco Esposito, Dennis Higgins, Virginia Wright, Candida Spillard, Valeri Beers,Dada Vedaprajinananda, Strider Marcus Jones, Adam E. Morrison, Allyson Lima, D. B. Mauldin, David A. Slater, David King, Dee Thompson, Don Illich, Edward Meiman, Eileen Hugo, Emily Olson, Joan McNerney, J.S. Little, Kin Asdi, Madison Meadows, Malobi Sinha, Marianne Szlyk, Mark Aspa, Mark David McClure, Megan Caito, Michael Brookes, Michael Burke, Pijush Kanti Deb, Prince Adewale Oreshade, Rafeeq O. McGiveron, Robin Reiss, Sasha Kasoff, Stephanie Buosi, and Talia Haven.
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