Halloween Cultural Digest
The definitive guide to Halloween 2019
Too old to hit the streets this halloween? Not into reverse trick or treating?
Not to worry, we've prepared a definitive guide to a Coach House halloween to help you plan a perfectly creepy evening.
Step one: To help set the mood, put on a little music. We've prepared a YouTube playlist to help you out. Follow the link to get your fix of the gloomy, doomed, and creepy sounds of our Cursed Playlist.
Step two: Run yourself a warm (blood) bath.
Step three: Relax with one of these haunted books:
- The Laws of the Skies, in which twelve six year old children take a camping trip into the woods and not a single one makes it out alive. A macabre fable that takes us through the minds of murderers and murdered alike.
- The Embalmer, in which we learn the ins and outs of a career in embalming and its most gruesome secrets, from flesh eating eels to DIY cranial reconstruction.
- It is an Honest Ghost, a collection of short stories on the occult, ontology, and the haunted nature of our mortal existence.
- The Doll's Alphabet, a dark and grotesque collection of stories featuring malfunctioning bodies, sewing machines, mirrors and dolls.
- Hamlet (c.f: the bit with the witches).
Demons too strong to sit down with a book, like a mere mortal? The Coach House ghouls recommend the following movies and tv shows (demon approved):
- Unsolved Mysteries, a classic 80s tv show about, you guessed it, creepy unsolved mysteries. For a halloween Lite™ with a touch of acid green pop-nostalgia.
- Onibaba, a black and white 1960s Japanese historical horror film featuring a murderous, stalking devil mask. Brownie points, ghouls, for the rare find.
- The Ring, from the golden age of horror that brought us the Saw movies and the American remake of The Grudge, the ghouls all agree that it doesn't get more bone chilling than this modern classic.
- Garth Marenghi, enough said.
- Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices, from the timeless genius of Werner Herzog, this haunted musical documentary seeks to conjure the cursed life Carlo Gesualdo: composer of madrigals, Italian Prince, self-flagellant, and murderer. The ghouls nod with zeal.
If all else fails, put on a wig and eat some wine gums! Happy Hallowe'en month to all beasts and beauties!