I love Halloween. I should; I’m a Gothic literature/medicine professor, and it’s the one time of year when no one questions why I hang out in cemeteries.
There are, however, unforeseen perks to being known as the local Gothic-go-to. For instance, the Winona Daily News (in collaboration with the Bookshelf bookstore) began a series of “scary stories” to celebrate the holiday–and I was asked not only to submit a tale but also to do the illustrations. The first story, “Ghost Pine Lake,” is mine. The others are from local Winonans, and even some of my students! How could I resist?
So–if you need a bit of Halloweekend reading, may I suggest tuning in? (Some links are not yet live–to be released!)