On October 29, the Halloween decorations disappeared from the Myrick lawn. Instead, an official sign appeared at the edge of the property: “Quiet Zone: Death in the Family.”

This year, Jeremy would finally be allowed to trick or treat without his parents’ supervision, and he’d been looking forward to visiting the neighborhood’s most famous October attraction. Now, after all his anticipation, it felt like Halloween had been cancelled. To his young mind, even a grieving family deserves some version of the traditional “trick”…but Jeremy’s impulsive act of revenge has far-reaching, terrifying consequences.

Quiet House

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This year Cemetery Dance Publications is gathering a collection of the horror genre’s finest authors to pay tribute to our favorite holiday.  Watch for the other stories in the series by Stewart O’Nan, Joe R. Lansdale, Simon Clark, Kealan Patrick Burke, Ed Gorman, Lisa Morton, Brian James Freeman, and many others!

Please Note: Today, you can also read “Essential October Reads: Norman Prentiss” over at the October Country blog, which is one of our favorite reading corners of the Internet!