October Ghosts and Autumn Dreams: More Poems for Halloween
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“This book will cast its spell on your dark Halloween heart!” —MICKIE MUELLER, author of Llewellyn’s Little Book of Halloween
JOURNEY ONCE AGAIN TO THE DARKNESS AT SUMMER'S END...
In this brilliant follow-up to Past the Glad and Sunlit Season, K. A. OPPERMAN takes us to an enchanted autumnal land overflowing with candy—sometimes sweet, sometimes cursed by witches. Jack-o’-lanterns keep watch as we travel through Pumpkin Country, questing for the rich rewards that are to be found in contemplation of October’s pastoral and many-colored tapestry. These stories told in rhyme, and melancholy hearthside meditations, are sure to rekindle a yearning for the Halloween season in hearts young and old. Open this book, and chase October ghosts through a realm of autumn dreams.
The author has provided an extensive notes section which delves into his inspiration and creative process—and Halloween obsession—plus a brief essay on Halloween symbolism.
With an insightful foreword by Adam Bolivar and loaded with atmospheric full-page black and white illustrations by Dan Sauer.
Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 inches - 130 pages
“This is a book to pick up anytime in the year when you need a dose of magic.” —LISA MORTON, author of Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween
“Open this book after dark, listen to the wind rage outside, and read—to yourself, to your children, to whoever might be listening in the shadows.”—LESLIE PRATT BANNATYNE, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History
“KA Opperman’s October Ghosts & Autumn Dreams: More Poems for Halloween is an enchanting dive into all the beauty that encapsulates the autumnal spirit. From catchy rhythms to recite while carving jack-o-lanterns in ‘Carver’s Rhyme’ to a well-researched look into Appalachian customs in Appalachian Halloween, every line is beautifully crafted and sure to be appreciated by anyone who is a fan of the spooky season!” —HEATHER MOSER
"K. A. Opperman captures the bittersweet joy of Halloween and the sadness of its passing. Here are poems of childhood and poems of its loss. Captured by a lyricist with a clear, pronounced love for his labor, October Ghosts is Opperman the most at home, spooky, haunted and candle-lit though that home may be. Here is the poet's joy, laid bare and generously shared for readers young and old alike —S. L. EDWARDS author of Whiskey and Other Unusual Ghosts
“Opperman's poems paint vivid pictures of autumn nights filled with nocturnal wonder. This collection is a heartfelt love letter to the season of dead leaves and glaring jack-o’-lanterns that imbues the reader with magical feelings of Halloweens past.” —CURTIS M. LAWSON, author of Devil’s Night