Lovers of creepiness as we all are already, I’m sure most of us know the story about Jack and how the jack-o-lantern came to be. But for those who don’t know, the legend stems from Irish storytellings. Jack was a horrible drunkenly miser, and to make things worse, he used to play cruel tricks on folks, even his family, and unfortunately….the devil himself. Jack had tricked him into climbing an apple tree, then drew a slew of crosses on the tree so the devil couldn’t get back down. Then Jack made a bargain with him, saying he’d remove the crosses only if the devil would promise not to take him to hell when he died, and so, the devil agreed.
Well, after Jack had finally passed away, he ascended to heaven, but was told by St. Peter he was just too wicked to enter. So when he was sent to Hell, the devil kindly reminded him of the bargain Jack made with him! Unable to go to heaven or hell, Jack was doomed to roam the earth for eternity, the devil offering him an ember from the flames to light his way, which Jack kept in a hollowed-out, carved turnip.
And so, due to the practicality and availability of pumpkins here in the USA, these were used in place of turnips, and have become a staple of the Halloween season. (^_^)
Besides, can you just imagine a “Jack Turniphead” ????
TWO HALLOWEEN-THEMED MISDAVENTURES FROM “THE ABRAXAS SERIES”
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“ABRAXAS: The Haywire Halloween” is the first stand-alone novella in the series, centering around the Abraxas’ clan’s very weird but loveable member, Jonathan.
BLURB: Abraxas clanster Jonathan stumbles upon a skeleton key he believes was part of someone’s Halloween costume. What it really winds up being is a demon’s not-so-subtle way of getting Jonathan to do his dirty work for him. Jonathan’s wishes start to give his Clan more headache and hassle than the ‘fun’ he hoped they would, as fellow trick-or-treaters and party goers start becoming the things they’re dressed up as —with horrifying results, and much, much worse…
“ABRAXAS: Urban Legends” is the Clan’s second stand alone novella in the series. This time, Jonathan is dying th check out a Halloween carnival, much to the disdain of the rest of the family. But the trip becomes more than a barrage of gorging on Carney food, spinning rides, and disatrous belly aches, as homunculous-stuffed prizes, an evil magician, and zombie grounds-keepers make the evening turn out to be not quite as they expected. Jonathan will never hear the end of Kurt’s zombie-hating rant after THIS doozy….
What was the name of Grandpa’s pet bat in “The Munsters” television show, and what was the name of the family’s pet dragon that lived under their staircase?
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