Halloween brings the Rougarou!

This past week, Hagridden‘s publisher, Columbus Press, put the call out for photos of my novel out in the world for Fall/Halloween — readers in costume with the book, or the book in scary locations, or the book in Fall scenery . . . . We got a lot of great photos from all you saintly readers, and now, on All Saint’s Day, I can share one more batch — and introduce you at last to the Rougarou!

We’ll start with one more photo from Columbus, home of my publisher:

Another moody Hagridden photo from Columbus, OH!
Another moody Hagridden photo from Columbus, OH!

I was feeling left out, so my wife and I took Hagridden down to Mill Ends Park in Portland. At less than two square feet, it’s the world’s smallest municipal park, and it has played host to all manner of charming mythical creatures, from leprechauns and gnomes to the Easter Bunny. So Hagridden felt at home.

Hagridden in Mill Ends Park, Portland, OR.
Hagridden in Mill Ends Park, Portland, OR.

Seriously, this is a TINY park!

Mill Ends Park, Portland, OR.
Mill Ends Park, Portland, OR.

This weekend, we also hosted my cousins from Scotland, and since they’d just finished reading Hagridden on their way to Portland, we got photos of them with the book, too — including the first-ever photo of the ebook Hagridden on an iPad!

Lauchlan and Shannon M with two versions of Hagridden.
Lauchlan and Shannon M. with two versions of Hagridden.

And, of course, because it was Halloween, we also hosted . . . .

the Rougarou!

The Rougarou!
The Rougarou!

This was my Halloween costume, complete with gold-braid “chicken guts” on the sleeves and the Davis Guard medal on the chest!

He wore his uniform crisply laundered and bright gray despite the few missing buttons. On his breast the coin medal newly polished.

(chapter 18)

My wife made the "chicken guts" on the sleeves.
My wife made the “chicken guts” on the sleeves.

I do like me that coat. [Clovis] pointed to the cuffs, the corded brocade there. Them chicken guts look right smart and that medal hanging there, that genuine?

It is.

(chapter 19)

The rougarou, being a bit vain, wanted to pose with the novel that is (in his mind) all about him:

The Rougarou with Hagridden.
The Rougarou with Hagridden.

He particularly enjoyed chapter 15, which describes how he makes his wolf mask — his true face.

Reading the chapter about making the wolf mask!
Reading the chapter about making the wolf mask!

Of course, we’re always looking for more photos of Hagridden. You can add one to the comments, or you can message me on Facebook. (I’ll try to ask permission from everyone to share the photo on Facebook, on Twitter, and/or on my blog, but in case I get inundated and don’t have time to get back to each person individually, let’s all just assume that if you’re sending the photo to me, you’re giving me permission to share it.)

And don’t forget about the Goodreads giveaway!

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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