The end to my time here in Spey Bay is nigh. Scarily nigh. The 31st October. Halloween. And I know that the bit in the middle, the bit in between now and the end, is going to fly by far too quickly.
What images come to your mind when you read the word halloween I wonder…
Witches and witchcraft? Jack o’ lanterns or pumpkin soup? Zombies and ghosts? Cheesy American movies? Vampires and bats? Or creepy crawlies such as spiders?
If I could rewrite the history of vampires, I would delete the notion of bats as their accomplice. But replace them with what? The tick? Ticks feed on human blood and can be vectors of disease. Ah, but ticks just don’t seem to have the spook appeal.
A fear of spiders though… Now this I can understand. They are the masters of death; having covered every possible niche in the predatory department. They ambush, they chase, they lasso, they mimic and they trap. They even have fangs! Surely the spider should be the vampire’s accomplice!
On second thoughts … I think the vampire should be the spider’s accomplice!