The country live in doesn’t really celebrate Halloween. But over the past few years it has been trickling in, the odd trick-or-treater roaming the streets, the occasional Halloween themed party brought on through the influence of the media, but traditionally, New Zealand has ignored Halloween. Instead, we prefer to get to together on Guy Fawkes Night.
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
If you don’t know the story of Guy Fawkes you can learn about it in this short video.
I find it a strange thing to celebrate, the torture and execution of a person, despite his intentions, and I’m pleased to say I haven’t seen a burning effigy of Guy Fawkes in years. Like most things these days, the history surrounding why we celebrate the occasion has been somewhat lost, and instead, the focus is on the pretty explosions in the sky . Over time, I image that Halloween and Guy Fawkes will melt together into one night of fireworks, bonfires and horror costumes. Much like it did in Forever Blue.
Clever little plug there, right?
But I didn’t intend to write this post as a history lesson. I wrote it because I thought I would let you know about two horror novellas recently released by New Zealand authors.
First off there is The Sleeper’s Dance by Mouse Diver-Dudfield.
I had the pleasure of beta-reading this novella and finished it in one sitting. I’m a bit of a fan of zombies and this story put a historical spin on the genre that I really enjoyed.
You can check out the book trailer for it here.
And have a look at Mouse’s website here.
I can assure you she’s an author to keep an eye on.
The next novella is The Black Lakes Apocalypse by Clay Erikson.
This zombie horror/comedy is clever, refreshingly amusing and it is FREE for a limited time so make sure you grab your copy.
Clicking on the name links to the two stories will take you straight to the Amazon site for purchase.
You can have a look at Clay’s website here.
If you are a fan of zombies, or even if you are not, I hope you take the time to check out these two stories and feel free to let me know what you think.
P.S. While typing this post, I am experiencing what I would have previously categorised as a horror story. A rat is sitting on my shoulder and burrowing into my hair. The rats are an early birthday present for my daughter and despite my hesitation, the little critters have won me over.