Halloween is pretty much tied with Christmas for my favorite holiday. It’s weird that I love the day of the year that’s all about being of good cheer and spreading kindness and goodwill, but also the one that’s about giving kids diabetes and making your friends and family shit themselves. I’m all about dichotomy, I guess.
One of my favorite horror tropes is the “haunted town.” Your Twin Peaks’, your Silent Hills, your Pittsburghs. Places where all the residents seem just a little bit off, and you can’t quite shake the feeling that you’re always being followed. Where strange occurrences happen nearly every night, but no one will talk about them the next day.
So this year’s Halloween Microjam is about that idea. I was imagining a quiet seaside town with a dark past, where the citizens are friendly but never really look you in the eyes. Where strange creatures wash up on shore nightly. Where, during the full moon, you would swear you could see ghostly ships, reminiscent of those sunken and buried beneath the brackish waters long ago, riding the waves once more in the distance.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for pirates.