Halloween. Todd Clever. Alf. Thank You, America.

Say what you like. The good old U.S of A has the best stuff.

When I visited my amazing family-in-law last Christmas, I was bamboozled by all the goodies in their temple, The Mall of America.

Now this thing is a mall, buddy. It doesn’t just have a McDonalds, a Countdown and a Glassons as we kiwis are accustomed to.

It has a floor – YES A FLOOR – of restaurants. There is a shop that just sells socks. That’s it. A wall of socks. Do you think a sock store could survive in a Westfield mall? Supre just closed down in my nearest mall for pete’s sake. That’s not such a bad thing. We will have much fewer baby prostitutes in shirts that say “I’ve been naughty”. So thank you for that.

But I digress, as usual. America is neat. I like their things and I like their swagger.


Some folks are the opposite. They say too much American culture is seeping into our Land of the Long White Cloud. Specifically in this case, Halloween.


“Why should we celebrate Halloween? It’s an American tradition? What’s it got to do with us?”

Ummmm. Is Santa from Taranaki? No. He’s not. I would know. I know everything about Santa. I’m his biggest fan as mentioned in previous blog posts.

I love Halloween. It is a spooky, corny, candy-filled holiday. I’m more of a traditionalist. I like the pumpkins and the witch hats and the spider webs. When I was around 10, we would get Halloween specials on New Zealand TV – even though we didn’t celebrate it, wtf? – and they introduced me to this amazeballs event.

What was this fricken awesome holiday they had? They dress up? They get candy? What is Trick or Treat? It was a revelation! And for someone like me who loves the eerie, dark and supernatural, a holiday centred around a night where the dead can come back from the grave!



Fast forward 9 years – Yes. Do the math. I watched the movies when I was 10 + 9 years = I am 19 years old right now and there is not a thing you can do or say to change that – and New Zealand is starting to feel the haunting Halloween spirit *Wooooo* *Ghost Wail* *Spooky Sounds*. There are still haters out there but hey, if you want to sit at home in your dumb, normal, non-costume clothes and not eat delicious, free candy then go for it Mr or Mrs Grumpy-lame-face.

So to summarise. Halloween Good. Me Like.

Oh right. Todd Clever and Alf. Both American heroes with amazing hair. They are truly gifts from the lands of America. I could tell you a million more reasons why both are awesome but I’ll just leave you with this image. It says more than I ever could.


Writing Update: Countdown to the Veil of the Corrupter cover reveal.

Exciting! For those who follow my blog, not just for my amusing social commentary but also because I sort of write things, the second book in the Ardentia series, Veil of the Corrupter, will be released early 2015.

We’re going to start the event off with a cover reveal for Veil. How exciting! Are you excited? I know I am!

There will be more information in the coming weeks so be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates.

I appreciate all the support I’ve received with my writing. If you enjoyed The Empyrean Key, please, please, please share it with others. Let them know you liked it and encourage them to give it a go. The more people reading the series the better!

And I almost forgot! What would a Halloween post be without the bestest most awesomey Halloween movie EVER!!! There’s no machete wielding mad man, no randy campers, no terrifying dude in a fedora hacking you up in your dreams. Just a good old fashioned virgin who lit a candle.


Happy Halloween!!!! *Wooo* *Rattle Chains* *Blaahhh* *Scary Noises*


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