Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope you have a fun time. Don’t eat too many sweets, now :P

I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere, but it seems that here in the UK Halloween gets less and less prominent every year. I remember, when I were a lad, Halloween was a MASSIVE thing. Shops would get all queued up for it, there’d be spooky decor everywhere, restaurants and clubs and bars would all run theme nights. It’d be a good, fun time, perfect for kids with a sense for the macabre.

Nowadays? It all seems to take a back-seat to Christmas. Now, I like Christmas as much as the next person, but I do find it somewhat grating to see adverts and stock in shops for it as early as September. I know it’s good to be prepared and all, but come on! That’s a little too much like overkill. Plus, I genuinely believe Halloween is getting downplayed as a result, which is a shame because thematically it’s one of my favourite cultural events of the year. Sure, it’s strayed from its roots as a religious holiday in most of the Western world but, dammit, what’s wrong with letting the spookiness rule for one night a year?

Maybe I’m just yearning for the good old days. Dear Gods, I’m turning into an old curmudgeon already.

Anyway, tune in on Monday for the first page of the brand new story arc – The Hands of Mara!