Short fiction for Hallowe’en seems to have exploded in the last few years, or maybe I’m only just starting to notice it. I don’t care much for horror, or creepypasta in general — my BFF is obsessed with the NoSleep boards on Reddit, and I’m like, BUT I WANT TO SLEEP! — but I do enjoy a good ghost story now and then.
“Over the River” by Katherine Traylor is a really excellent, atmospheric, creepy story. It reminded me of one of the Hugo-nominated novellas of this year, except it wasn’t sexist or annoying, and also I can remember the title. OKAY, THAT SOUNDS LIKE FAINT PRAISE. Despite a superficial similarity to that story, “Over the River” is really good. It felt like the set-up for a novel, but also stands on its own. You should go and read it and stuff.