I'm also, however, lazy. I don't keep up with contemporary horror fiction as a rule—well, not at all, to be honest—and if you look at the stuff I've written about in the past, hardly any of it dates from any later than 1970 or so. Which means that, up until now, I've basically been trawling the depths of my adolescent reading, so that this year it was either a) read some new stuff, or b) start digging around in my dusty old paperbacks for stories I didn't remember the last two times around. But since, as I say, I'm lazy, and since a middle-aged midlist novelist wants nothing more than to prove how au courant he is, I decided instead to go straight to YouTube (au courant, that is, circa 2005).
Each of these entries (except the Disney and Tim Burton ones) has a direct literary antecedent, so that, by the skin of my teeth, I'm clinging to conceit that this is a literary list, and that Cultwriter is still a literary blog. But lest you think I'm doing a half-assed job here—to be fair to myself, I think it's at least a three-quarter-assed job—bear in mind that everything here (with the exception of the Tim Burton clip) is something I remember from my dank, gloomy, melancholy, Halloweenish adolescence, and is submitted here—as Rod Serling, another ancient influence, might say—for your approval. Happy Halloween!
So, once again, until next year--d'oh!—Happy Halloween!