Literary Halloween Reads- The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling

As many of you know, I am a Rudyard Kipling fan-- and around Halloween, my thoughts often go to his scary classics, "The Phantom Rickshaw" and "The Wish House."   Both stories have Kipling's depth, and strangely moving characters, while maintaining the old-fashioned spookiness-- and "The Wish House" speaks of the world beyond, without making a fuss about it.   (Spoiler alert:  I'm releasing a spooky story collection soon.)

But for a departure, read and listen to this truly scary poem "The Way Through the Woods."  From the opener of "They shut the road through the woods," there's an eerie, still quality to the poem that's like the loneliness of a dark evening's walk, without a flashlight.

But don't take my word for it.  Listen:

BBC - Poetry Season - Poems - The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling
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