A reader named Jeff was (very) kind enough to reach out and share his thoughts on The End of Summer, which continues to be the little Halloween book that could:
J.T., I just finished reading your wonderful book, The End of Summer: Tales of Halloween, and I wanted to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is perfectly written and eerily atmospheric — a fine tribute to what should be a national holiday. As one of those “monster kids” born in the mid-50s, I grew up with vampires and mummies and werewolves and aliens on TV, and of course Halloween and going trick-or treating (but only after watching A&C Meet Frankenstein, my all-time favorite film) — I still love them all to this very day. While in college I wrote for “Famous Monsters of Filmland” and helped Forry around the Ackermansion — what an incredible experience that was, getting to hang with Forry and visit with legends like Chris Lee, Ray Harryhausen, Vincent Price and others. Halloween is such a passion of mine, and I sure hope you’re considering writing a follow-up to The End of Summer. Again, thanks for the awesome read, and let me know about Part II…my claws are crossed and my fangs drip with anticipation.
I do think about The End of Summer 2 every so often, but I’d need thirteen solid ideas for stories before I would seriously consider doing it.
Still, you never know…