The Shadow Over Brooklyn
October descends upon us once again. As I stepped outside this morning, I felt as though someone had flipped the season switch to Autumn; the air was chilly and sharp, leaves were congregating in the crease where the street meets the sidewalk, and the breeze carried with it the scent of cedar and apples. Perhaps I’m just aware of these changes now because I’ve been watching the calendar, but whatever the case, this time of year is truly special to me. This year, I experience October and Halloween in a new city. I do take great comfort that I live mere blocks away from Howard Philips Lovecraft lived for a time (and sometimes wrote about).
As in past years, I’ve decked out my site in a Halloween costume for the month of October (you may need to disembowel your cache). This year’s design is in part inspired by Lovecraft and my new neighborhood, making an attempt at loosely emulating some woodcut and ink textures. I drew all of the type and dropcaps by hand to give them some character that would be otherwise absent in crisp font outlines. I can’t remember the last time I used yellow in a design, which is perhaps the most frightful thing of all. Also, For a nice change, Daily Photos this month will be in black and white. I’ll be posting some October and Halloween treats all month, so stick around. And please don’t egg my house.