*** The following is the chapter that follows Chapter 1 from the unnamed novel. (note: this was originally written in 1993)
Festival of Samhain
Halloween originated as a festival to cast out evil spirits from the body, soul, and home. These days, parents send their children out to roam the neighborhoods. It seems some things never change. . .
-excerpt from Curtis Tyre’s journal [October 30th]
Plus ça change, plus c`est la même chose.
(The more things change, the more they remain the same.)
-Alphonse Karr from Les Guêpes [Janvier 1849]
The moment the clock in Greenwich shifted from :59 to :00, there was a loud clap of thunder, and the power went out. Only the candles on the tables lit the room. The entire bar shook and spilled many glasses to the floor, of which several broke.