Do you ever have that uneasy feeling that not all is as it seems? Ever been tempted to wait for the midnight fog to clear so you can see what really lies beyond what human eyes can see? If so, then James B. Christensen would like to welcome you back to October Nights.
In the pages of this second annual Halloween collection, you will experience ten tales of the strange and unexplained.
A man inherits a house in an isolated farm community where the crop is not of this Earth and is nourished by unholy means. A park ranger spots a trio of UFOs and tracks them to a remote thicket of trees where she makes an astonishing discovery. Earth is invaded by floating blobs that kill and destroy until The Architect figures out how to make them stop. A nobleman throws a Halloween party for his knights and subjects at his castle, when a ball of ice splashes into the moat with a frozen surprise inside. When the surface crust of an alien planet rotates, the south pole becomes the equator, and mountains of ice begin to melt and reveal gods long forgotten. Two special government agents are sent to a secret prison to deal with a serial killer so dangerous that execution only makes things worse. A small group of space refugees discover a tiny crystal floating in space that gives off a powerful signal that could summon good or evil. A family suffers a home invasion by monsters, and there is only one way to defeat them. A gunslinger journeys to a lost town of the Old West searching for fortune and learns the west is wilder—and more terrifying—than he thought. In the future, science can let you sail into death with dignity or live forever, depending on what you believe, but you can’t do both.
Cuddle up and get warm. Lock the doors and windows. Sit with your back to the wall, and enjoy tales that will add a chill to the October wind.