I have a gift for you today. I've just posted a Halloween story online. It's a good old-fashioned, Bradburyesque tale presented in a format that may well be unique.
Unique how, you wonder? I'm glad you asked.
I wrote October Leaves last fall, a word at a time, on autumn leaves. I photographed the leaves where I found them -- in parks and cemeteries and city streets -- and then left them where they lay, possibly to be found by puzzled passers-by. To indicate paragraph breaks, I used photos of gravestones from historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Now I've posted the photos, in order, on Flickr. You can go there and read the entire story for free.
October Leaves can be found at:
Or just click here.
And for those of us who have a restless urge to buy books . . .
October Leaves is also available as a physical book. You can go to Blurb Books (www.blurb.com) and run a search on "Michael Swanwick." Or you can go straight to the book by clicking here. Be sure to check out the preview first.
Above: The cover photo for the book. It's the only picture where the words are spelled out a letter at a time.