Ever run into a work whose title tells you all you need to know about the work? Snakes on a Plane, an album titled “Greatest Hits” or “Live!” or John Dies At The End.
Of course, there’s still surprises, the title cannot communicate the entirety of the work, but sometimes the title tells you the big picture of the work succinctly.
With the right title, an audience can know if the work is a perfect fit or not. I found one recently that turned out to be a perfect fit for me: Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan.
The Germans have a (not entirely undeserved) reputation for being a harsh people.
The example for the holiday season? Krampus.
Halloween remains my favorite holiday.
When I was a child, it was all so much fun. Candy. The chance to dress up and be someone else for a night. Days warmed by the autumn sun, but with portents of coming change. Crisp, cool autumn nights. Changing leaves.
As I grew, it was still so much fun, but of more of an adult nature. Namely, massive beer consumption and women, who have really done an excellent job of making “sexy” versions of every Halloween costume imaginable.