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Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. From costumes to candy, decorations to pumpkin patches, I love everything Halloween-related and try to get into the “Spirit” all month long. I think there’s nothing quite so cozy as curling up with a spooky book and a hot cup of pumpkin-spice-anything on a crisp Fall day, and I had the chance to do just that when I was introduced to The Legend of Mr. Ween by Daren Ross.
Combining elements of folklore and fantasy, The Legend of Mr. Ween spins an imaginative tale of the very first Halloween. The book opens with a mysterious traveler, Hal, arriving in Boston to seek work. Although the story is set in 1905, the frenetic pace of the city mirrors 2019 life, with the townspeople distracted, rushing around at breakneck pace and becoming increasingly more aggressive. Kind-hearted Hal senses that something is deeply wrong – and just as the hectic energy of the city belies something much more sinister, there is more to Hal than meets the eye as well.
What struck me the most about this short story is that the author clearly shares my warm feelings about Halloween. Most Halloween tales are horror-based, and while there are nefarious forces in The Legend of Mr. Ween, the focus of the narrative is on lighting up the darkness and triumphing over evil with kindness and positivity. Hal is a lovable figure, and the origins of Halloween traditions such as pumpkin carving are explained in a very charming way. This unique Halloween tale combines magic and battles against evil with the feelgood spirit of an uplifting Christmas story. I’m not personally a fan of scary stories, so I appreciated this take – I’ve always felt like Halloween was a time for childlike joy and fun, and it’s nice to see that I’m not the only one!
The Legend of Mr. Ween by Daren Ross is available as a free download on TheLegendofMrWeen.com, so go get your free copy today just in time for All Hallow’s Eve! You can also find Mr. Ween on Facebook.