The Brains didn’t bother me, probably because I knew what they were.

But everyone else in town has zombies on the brain—so to speak—so I guess it’s not entirely surprising that everyone’s thoughts went in a brain-eating direction.

Also, it’s October. I think October is prime zombie time. Paranormal creature season in general, even.

So when the word “Brain” appeared scrawled over pavements and doors and walls—some with exclamation points, others eerily lacking punctuation—everyone started yelling about zombies.

Impressively literate zombies.

I keep waiting for someone to figure out that my brother Brian is a self-centered lousy speller prone to defacing public property with paint, but they seem distracted with building barricades and stocking up on ammunition.

I should probably tell them.

I hope they take my word for it, since I can’t find Brian anywhere.


About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.

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Katie · October 19, 2012 at 9:56 am


Briana · October 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Hehehe that was a nice Halloween-y twist.

Julie · October 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Belly laughs!

Alex Skitt · October 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Just read the Night Circus and loved it Erin, just a matter of time and it will be a film. Actually inspired my theatre instincts, would love to do it as a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as an experiential type show!

Lisa Ahn · October 26, 2012 at 6:54 am

Love it! Such a fun mix of humor and Halloween shivers. Perfect.

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