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Spoiling Ghosts

“It is October,” I state, “so it is acceptable to be sappy to the ghosts haunting one’s home.”

“She is always sappy,” one of the ghosts announces behind me. “Like, all the time,” another one pipes up.

“Shh!!” I crescently howl through clenched teeth! “They will hear! My reputation!!”

“She gives us treats and reads us stories,” a third ghost betrays.

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Prospecting Trick or Treat Bounties

The mermaid finished carving October’s first jack-o-lantern and beamed happily as she turned it around, showing her wife. “Kelpie!” she cried out happily, her expression matching the pumpkin’s grin.

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Onward Wayward Ghosts

“But it is my headstone!” the ghost declared. “You took it from my graveyard!” retorted the warden of bones. The two old fiends quarreled jovially on their way to the necromantic law library to suss out ownership rights for the dead to see who would pay for the stone’s replacement and who would pay for dinner.

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Penny’s New Coffin

Daylight crept along the land, an unwelcome intruder, lingering just long enough to make itself known before being chased away by blessed night and comforting gloom. As the morning took hold, the vampire retreated to her coffin.

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Mistakes in Death

The witch had died at a ripe old age, leaving behind a tremendous library and little else. She had lived a long, contended life, and in death, was destined too… “…oh… dear…” the necromancer said, turning around, looking for her now-missing ghost.

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Halloween Hardcover Spell book (Spells, orange)

Halloween Hardcover Spell book (Spells, orange) ($65.00)

Orange-on-orange icons and "SPELLS" emblazoned on cover.
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The Enemy’s Medicine

The royal guard inspected the presented seal, verified its authenticity from the Potion Maker’s Authority, and said, “His majesty thanks you for your service and wishes you to camp here, Master Redghost.” The villain grumbled for a moment but conceded. So much for spying on the castle’s layout.

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Geotours

Geotours

The massive globe of water rose from the sea and bobbed up and down — a bubble of water, floating on water, held together by magic and swaying with the wind and riding the waves like a globe-shaped boat.

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The Hedge Maze

The Hedge Maze

The queen crouched down and hid below the outstretched tail of a topiary mermaid. She peeked, safe, carefully watching the maze’s pathways and trap alleys. She ran across and hid behind a thick hedge.

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Goatrude the Witch

Goatrude the Witch

While many creatures in the Netherworld can use a wide variety of magic natively, the study and practice of witchcraft – a specific discipline – is rare. Goatrude, a self-titled biography about a goat who does just this, is the selection of the week for the Peyroux Public Phantasmal Library Book Club.

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Healing Necromancy

Healing Necromancy

“I was able to destroy your attackers,” Atticus told the orb quietly. It hurt to talk. “We will use them as skeletons and wraiths, build up some guards for your cave.”

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