A Hallowe’en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries, published by McFarland and Co. in Spring 2008.
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This unique anthology gathers together some of the most intriguing and useful works on the history of Halloween. Ranging from pre–Christian Celtic myths to early 20th century articles, the book’s 27 entries include poems, short stories, sections from 19th and 20th century folklore books, a one-act play, Irish and Scottish folk tales, and the first book on the holiday ever published.
Noted works contained in the anthology include William Wells Newell’s 1904 study of the history of Jack-o’-lantern legends in “The Ignis Fatuus” and Alexander Montgomerie’s oft-quoted 1584 poem “Flyting Against Polwart.” Organized chronologically, most works are presented in their entirety and many include extensive annotations designed to make the original source materials more meaningful for modern readers. The book also includes 34 vintage photographs and illustrations.
Winner of the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction, presented by the Horror Writers Association.
Nominated for the 2008 Black Quill Award for “BEST DARK GENRE BOOK OF NON-FICTION”, presented by Dark Scribe Magazine.
“Wikipedia is awesome, but we still need books…[collects] as complete an anthology as can be found of original mterial related to our favorite fest…for deeper understanding of the folklore, customs and literature related to October 31, this anthology is a must-have all year round.” – Lisa Ladouceur, Rue Morgue Magazine Number 83, October 2008)
“…Morton takes us on a fantastic journey through the evolution of Halloween. The book’s twenty-seven entries are an exquisite, thoughtfully selected arrangement…A Hallowe’en Anthology is not simply for adults, but could easily be shared with children of any age, reigniting the tradition of storytelling so lacking in today’s modern home…For anyone who enjoys Halloween, I highly recommend selecting this book as part of your holiday reading…” – Gabrielle Faust (FearZone.com, October 30th, 2008)
“…presents a wealth of Halloween background and lore that includes astonishingly beautiful photo reproductions of Halloween artwork…This Halloween compendium is a magnificent achievement…” – J. L. Comeau (Creature Feature Tomb of Horror)