East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Masks of Halloween


Here’s a silly idea I’d love to do.
Heck, I love it so much that I’ll do it.

My friend Claire, over on her Scribblings blog, wrote about her acting experiences with and without a mask. You can go and check her post out. It’s quite interesting as usual.

abbf11362d6fde0094e430486b232f1a--leather-mask-animal-masksI replied in the comments, pointing out her experiences would make for a great horror story.
Masks have this sort of weird horrific vibe, right?
Claire replied (you can read our quick exchange on her blog) and of course we got another idea for another story.
A story about the story of a mask.

Which in total makes two stories, of course.

So why not write them?
I’d write them for Claire alone, but…
first – people would gossip
second – Claire does not like horror and would not read ’em anyway
third – why not publish ’em?

But I’m knee-deep in stories… I’m revising a novel, and I’m writing a number of shorts.

leather_goat_mask_curled_horns_krampus_devil_by_teonova-d7g89twSo here’s what I’ll do: I will write the first story on the 31st of October, in a single take, so that I’ll be able to post it here on Karavansara on Halloween night.
Free, for my readers.

And I’ll write the second between the First and the Second of November, and then give it away for free to anyone subscribing to my mailing list.

And finally I’ll do a commercial ebook of the two, and sell it for gold and jewels and rum and wenches. Or something like that.

What do you guys say?

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

10 thoughts on “The Masks of Halloween

  1. Well, it’s not that I don’t want to read your stories – just that… you know, as I pointed out, I still have a longish run of Shakespeare in Words before me… What if strange things begin to happen after I’ve read the stories? What if they don’t begin to happen, but I freak out all the same because, you know, too much imagination, and go all Faustus onstage? What then, eh?
    So, I’m very glad you’ll write the stories – but… but. 😀


  2. Do you accept direct payment in rum? 🙂


  3. Well, on my part I can say that you’d make this reader happy = D


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