Halloween, Ghosts and The Cant-o-lantern

It’s that time of year, for Halloween, ghosts and the cant-o-lantern…the what?  Yes, some of my readers are familiar with the cant-o-lantern because I wrote about it on my old blog.  I thought it would be fun to revisit the cant-o-lantern…

Halloween Is About More Than Ghosts…

Let me tell you a story about a carved…cantaloup.

You thought I was going to say pumpkin, right?  Here’s what happened.  In college, my best friend and I were enjoying the Halloween night, sharing Chinese food and a few brews (okay, maybe more than a few), and watching the classic Hunchback of Notre Dame (the silent classic with Lon Chaney).

Suddenly, we realized that there was no jack-o-lantern out on the front porch (why that suddenly became important, I have no idea why).  Where would we get a pumpkin at such a late hour?  What to do?  I still lived at home, and so we ransacked the refrigerator.  Alas, no pumpkin.  But…there was a cantaloupe.  And we had a knife.

Don’t Drink And Carve

We soon had a lovely carved cantaloupe, complete with a lopsided smile and triangle eyes.  We scrounged up a small candle and inserted it into the hollowed-out cantaloupe.  Lighting that stupid candle was no small feat in that tiny cantaloupe, but we managed.  Then we placed that jack-o-lantern out on the front porch.  And we quickly forgot about it.

Along Comes My Younger Brother

Later our scary movie watching was interrupted by my brother and his friends, laughing uproariously as they came into the house, down the hall and into the kitchen.  We had no idea what was so funny, until my brother came around the corner, holding our jack-o-lantern.  He thought it was so amusing he took pictures of it.  And we dubbed it the cant-o-lantern.  Sadly, the original pictures were lost, so I recreated the cant-o-lantern last year.  Great as that invention was, I doubt you’ll see one this Halloween.

What Can Indie Authors Learn From The Cant-o-lantern?

A twist on a classic can lead to a great story.  We’ve all heard of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and of course, zombies.  But look at what indie authors are doing with these classic monsters…especially zombies.  It’s so cool to see how the boundaries of storytelling are being stretched.

Other than that, oh, I don’t know…have fun with your writing and don’t get spooked about your sales :).

I hope you all have a great Halloween.

About Renée Pawlish

Award-winning author Renée Pawlish writes the bestselling horror book, Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the Reed Ferguson mystery series, short stories and non-fiction ghost stories.
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