Things In The Basement – A History of Halloween Horrors
Vampires, zombies, werewolves, and mad scientists are just a few of the creatures you will meet in Things In The Basement: A History of Halloween Horrors. From the ancient Celtic rituals of Samhain, through the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to modern Zombie outbreaks, this fascinating book examines the history of all things Halloween.
Inside, you'll find the stories of Halloween, Trick or Treating, Aliens, Black Cats, Devils, Fortune Telling, Frankenstein's Monster, Ghosts, Ghouls, Goblins, Headless Horsemen, Jack O'Lanterns, Mad Scientists, Mad Slashers and Psychos, Men In Black, Mummies, Robots, Scarecrows, Skeletons, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Zombies.
In many ways, Halloween is the quintessential American Holiday. Halloween’s traditions, activities, imagery and stories are -- like American culture in general -- a mishmash of ideas from across the world, brought here by successive waves of immigrants. Add to those a little homegrown American inventiveness and creativity and therein lies the modern Halloween celebration.
Things In The Basement: A History of Halloween Horrors is a exploration of Halloween’s origins and of the horrors that keep us up at night.
About John Retzer (Ann Arbor, Michigan Author)
John Lloyd Retzer is a high school social studies teacher who moonlights as a writer, editor, photographer, and lecturer. He is the editor, writer and janitor of GolfBlogger.Com, the 'net's oldest continuously published golf blog and of MiniatureWargaming.Com, a blog that focuses on his love of the toy soldier hobby.
Retzer is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Michigan.