Autumnal Mirth

The fall season is undoubtedly my favorite. The air starts to get cooler without being too cold, it’s rainy and cloudy most of the time, the days are shorter…all this makes for great writing weather. But not everyone is a writer and perhaps some people don’t know how to get into the proper seasonal mood. Well I’m going to take a break from telling you about Plethora (which you can buy here), and give you some ways to get into the autumnal spirit!

Ghost stories are typically the best for October. I’m not a huge horror fan, but I like the older noir films from the 40’s and 50’s. Here are some films I think you should check out:
1. Dark and Stormy Night– This in-house murder mystery spoof is a hilarious venture.
2. House on Haunted Hill- This old horror classic is clunky, weird, and, in the end, very dumb. Which makes it such a classic. You’ll spend more time laughing at this film than cowering in fear.
3. Arsenic and Old Lace– Here’s another classic that’s more along the humor lines.
4. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken– This Don Knotts led flick is pretty funny with a nice twist at the end.

Sometimes music can get you into the mood better than a movie. So here are my autumn picks:
1. Autumn by George Winston- I discovered this solo piano album in college and I’ve loved it ever since. Nice and soothing, it harps on the more peaceful aspects of fall.
2. Lovesick Zombie by House of Heroes- This single humorously compares a failed relationship to dealing with a zombie. It’s sweet in the end and worth the listen.
3. “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Witch Hunt” by Petra- Had to fit Petra on here somewhere. These two songs (on different albums) give a spiritual swing to the Halloween mythos. From wrestling with sin to “burning” fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, these tunes can give a creative way of handling the spooky aspects of fall.
4. Fall EP by Jon Foreman- This beautiful and well-crafted 6 song EP will get you into the melancholic fall mood if nothing else will.

If you have time, there are some classics that will can add to your enjoyment of autumn:
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley-I remember reading this classic during a fall semester in college and it helped add to the atmosphere of the book by reading it then.
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker- Yes, it’s kind of a creepy and scary classic, but it’s a good autumn read.
3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson- This short novella is easy to read and is much better if you know absolutely nothing about Jekyll and Hyde.

So those are some of my recommendations. Anybody have any other suggestions?


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