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A Grown-up's Halloween: Fantasies and Fables for the Philosophically Fiendish - Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Elmer Rice, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka, A.A. Milne, Emmett Loverde, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, George Bernard Shaw, A. Fiend, Yuri Rasovsky A Grown-up's Halloween was kind of an interesting compilation of short stories and quirky little odds-and-ends. I listened to this on audiobook, and more than once I found myself reflecting that this reminded me of listening to old radio plays. It was fun and faintly nostalgic in that respect.

I admit that I was a little mislead by the title. I was really expecting more overt creepiness, but that isn't quite what was here. The real key to this compilation is in the subtitle; philosophically fiendish. Many of the stories didn't send chills up my spine, but chills through my mind as they made me look philosophically at uncomfortable situations. But even here the compilation was unexpected. Some of the stories were decidedly dark, but some were really quite funny. There was a good mixture of light and shade, and it all came together with good, and unusual, effect.