HALLOWEEN BACK IN THE U.S.A....
I missed Halloween!
Let me just get that off my chest… I MISSED HALLOWEEN, lol.
I also missed Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving… Talk Like A Pirate Day.
But Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.
I just moved back to the United States in July. This was after spending almost five years living in Thailand, with another few years in India prior to that.
Halloween is one holiday that just doesn’t translate, even if, like in Thailand, they like to celebrate it, at least in the big cities where a lot of foreigners live.
Since I lived in Bangkok, which is pretty much the epitome of that, they had Halloween-themed movie nights, Halloween decorations in the malls (there are a LOT of malls in Bangkok), Halloween-themed bar nights (a LOT of Halloween-themed bar nights… Bangkok likes its bars), costume parties thrown by foreigners living there and some of the consulates… Halloween music in the coffee shops.
It’s not the same.
Sorry, it’s not even close to the same.
The weather doesn’t help.
It’s pretty much 90 degrees Fahrenheit year-round in Bangkok, with roughly 80-90 percent humidity. That doesn’t flex all that much, although there are seasons in Bangkok. There’s the super-duper, crazy hot season that runs roughly from April to June, where it goes up to the high nineties, and even into the one-hundreds. There’s the wetter seasons, the “hot” and “cold” monsoons, where it rains a lot and the city floods. But it never really cools down. “Cold” Monsoon is just slightly cooler than the one at the end of the hot dry season.
Winter, which is around late November to February, is heavenly if you live there – but it’s still like high eighties to low nineties, which is, yeah, still hot.
So wearing a costume in that, for the average Westerner, isn’t much fun. A lot of living in Thailand is hopping from one air-conditioned enclave to another. I’m a big walker / outdoorsy person, and even I needed a lot of breaks from being outside.
Also, while Halloween is a novelty for Thais, and fun for them, it’s really not a part of their culture, so it’s not celebrated by most families. Thai kids don’t trick or treat… it’s not a thing there (although I did give out candy in my building). Horror movies are huge in Thailand, especially for teens, but that’s kind of a year-round thing, and even teenagers don’t care all that much about Halloween as a separate thing.
There’re no carved pumpkins on doorsteps, no scarecrows or other weird, macabre decorations on front porches or in yards, no dads making dorky attempts to scare kids, no haunted houses, no leaves changing colors, no big street parties like there were in San Francisco when I lived there. And yeah, because there’s no trick or treating, there’s also no roving bands of kids in crazy-cute costumes, jacked out of their minds on intense sugar and chocolate rushes.
Because of all that, this will be my first REAL Halloween since 2013.
I’m kind of overwhelmed by the possibilities, now that I’m living in Los Angeles. Part of me is tempted to go all-out and do a Disneyland Halloween, or one at one of the other nearby amusement parks, since all of them seem to have big, fun Halloween blowouts.
Whatever I end up doing though, whatever costume I pull out at the last minute, whichever friends of mine I drag out for a night of fun, I’m here for it! There’s nothing like a few years in a foreign country to make you miss the little things of home.
Hope everyone else has a fun, spooky, dorky, sugary, costume-y, autumn-y, pumpkin-y, and haunted-house-filled Halloween, as well! :)
Vampire Detective Midnight
Genre: Paranormal Mystery / Science Fiction
Publisher: White Sun Press
Date of Publication: June 25th, 2019
Number of pages: 386
Word Count: 101,821
Cover Artist: Damonza
Tagline: It’s hard being a cop in the future. It’s even harder when you’re a vampire.
Nick frowned, staring around at the alley floor.
It hit him again.
There was something wrong with this blood.
It smelled too good.
It smelled way, way too good…
Vampire with a past and homicide detective, Naoko “Nick” Tanaka just got transferred to the NYPD, where he works as a “Midnight,” or vampire in the employ of the human police. Like all state-reg’d vamps, he gets his food delivered to his door, lives in government housing, and basically can’t sneeze without the U.S. government knowing about it.
More than anything, he just wants to be left alone, to endure his immortality in peace, but he’s barely in New York two weeks when things start to go sideways.
It all starts with his new case––a case involving dead hybrids, graffiti that tells the future, a kid who shouldn’t exist at all, and a possible conspiracy involving the richest humans in New York.
That doesn’t even get into the school principal, a woman with secrets of her own, who has a deeply unsettling effect on him.
Nick finds he can’t get personally uninvolved with any of it. Instead, he gets sucked in even deeper, until he’s pretty sure he’ll end up forcibly reprogrammed by his human owners––assuming they don’t just rip his heart out of his chest and be done with it.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/b7vs_32_PbI
About the Author:
JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author who writes paranormal mysteries and apocalyptic fiction, often with a sexy, romantic and metaphysical bent. JC has a background in journalism, history and politics, and loves martial arts, yoga, meditation, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, painting… and of course reading and writing. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, but travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States. She currently lives and writes full-time in Bangkok, Thailand.
Current series include: Vampire Detective Midnight, the Bridge & Sword series, the Quentin Black Mystery series, The Morph series, and the Alien Apocalypse series. She’s also written a number of standalone novels, novellas and short stories, as well as nonfiction articles and essays.
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