The October Stories
Book 1: The Cry of the Banshee
Dust rose from the ground as his worn shoes dragged forward along the dirt road. His name was Randy Kesser, a nineteen-year-old college student on a hiking trip along the country's back roads in his home state of Vermont. He loved to hike and camp out, and had always done so with his childhood friends, but he was unable to round anyone for this short fall break, so he decided to strike out on his own for a three day adventure . . .
Follow Randy Kesser into the woods and into an old abandoned house and find out the meaning behind the cry of the banshee. "The Cry of the Banshee" is the second place winning entry in the 1983 WPKE and Sterio Warehouse Halloween Short Story contest, and this revised 2014 edition contains the afterword, "How coming in second changed October forever."
Book 2: The Jack-o-lantern
It was a very unusually warm and breezy autumn day. The field of tall, yellow grass danced in the wind, at times hiding the bright, orange pumpkins growing there. The grass separated as the two boys passed through it while on their way to find the biggest pumpkin in the field. The smaller boy followed behind his brother, who was taking him out to pick his first pumpkin and to help make his first Jack-o-lantern . . .
Donny and his younger brother, Jody, begin their Halloween in the most normal of fashions, but once Jody is off Trick-or-Treating with his mother, leaving Donny home alone, things become very abnormal when Donny answers a knock at the front door. Prepared to give out treats, Donny is greeted by a trick ... or is it?
Book 3: Someone Sleeping on My Grave
13 minutes to midnight. Double unlucky: "13" and "midnight", but still Jeff and Joey stood under a full moon by a latched gate before a lonely and long unused graveyard, the rusty gate separating them from a world of the living and a land of the dead ...
When Jeff and Joey wanted to join the secret clue their other friends belonged to, they expected some sort of initiation ... but not this. In order to join the clue, the two boys have to spend the night - Halloween night - not just inside the graveyard, but sleeping on top of a grave! And not just any grave ... old man Webster's grave! Will they make it through the night, or will their imagination get the best of them? Or will someone else get them?