This is the magic of the supernatural, of creatures who can fly, spells that can change flesh to fur and dead people who refuse to stay in their graves. It’s the magic of long nights and short days, of twilight afternoons when shadows look surprisingly like people.
I’ve always been enchanted by books that spoke of other worlds and the fantastic creatures who lived there. I loved Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein and H.G. Wells and J.R.R. Tolkien, for these authors invited me into literary chambers of wonder. Martians and elves and tattooed men and time machines—these were the things that peopled my long autumn nights, as I curled up with one book after another. The creatures in these stories looked incredibly similar to the costumes my friends wore on Halloween, strange and colorful.
As a writer, I tried to capture my love for the supernatural magic of Halloween in my second novel, Feast: Harvest of Dreams. It’s a story about creatures who harvest human dreams and the dangerous hunt that takes place every October 31st in the mountains of Southern California.
I also tried to capture the eeriness found in gothic ghost stories in my recent novel, Fathom, a tale of a sixteen-year-old girl whose sister and mother die mysteriously.
I continue to find myself drawn to tales that deal with things we can’t quite understand, things like death and ghosts and immortality, and I love shadowy landscapes where dark mountains scratch against gray skies, where clouds press so low to the earth they become mist, shrouding everything.
To me, Halloween embodies all of this.
It’s a night when small groups of children wander from house to house, trying to get the courage to walk up the steps of an abandoned Victorian mansion. It’s a night when people pretend to be more than they are, wearing magnificent costumes and crowns and waving wands. It’s a night when ghost stories are both written and read, a night when every wisp of wind is imagined to be a sign of life beyond the grave, a night when dreams and nightmares merge to become something tangible.
It’s a night when the imagination runs wild.
As it should.
With twenty years’ experience in publishing, Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as the editor of Victorian Homes magazine to become a full-time novelist. Her first two novels, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles and Feast: Harvest of Dreams were published by HarperVoyager. Fathom is both her first YA novel and her first indie published novel. When not writing, she loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time. Born in the Midwest, she now lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds and a Siamese cat.
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