Roger Zelazny

A Night in the Lonesome October

A Night in the Lonesome October is Roger Zelazny’s homage to gothic horror and early horror movies. It is at once delightful, humorous, poetic, and gleefully dark. Whenever a full moon falls on All Hallow’s Eve the conditions are such that a gate may be opened to allow the Elder Gods to return from the Nether Regions to which they have been banished. Snuff, a preternatural guard dog, and his owner Jack the Ripper, are closers—that is, they and others of their persuasion arrive in the time and place where the gate might open, in order to prevent the Elder God’s return. Each chapter encompasses a single day in the month of October. Many of Zelazny’s fans read a single chapter each night every October. Wonderfully illustrated with 32 Gahan Wilson Illustrations this cult classic is a delightful and macabre fast-paced romp. Without a doubt one of Zelazny’s best.
227 printed pages
Original publication


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    lonesomeghosthas quoted5 days ago
    And he proceeded to tell me the story of how a number of the proper people are attracted to the proper place in the proper year on a night in the lonesome October when the moon shines full on Halloween and the way may be opened for the return of the Elder Gods to Earth, and of how some of these people would assist in the opening of the way for them while others would strive to keep the way closed. For ages, the closers have won—often just barely—and there were stories of a shadowy man, half-mad, a killer, a wanderer, and his dog, who always showed up to attempt the closing. Some said that he was Cain himself, doomed to walk the Earth, marked; others said he’d a pact with one of the Elders who secretly wished to thwart the others; none really knew.
    lonesomeghosthas quoted7 days ago
    It was a pleasantly mild evening for October, with a few bats flitting by, bright stars overhead.
    Darya Bukhtoyarovahas quotedlast year
    I threw back my head and howled. Sometimes it's the best thing to do.

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