October in the Chair by Neil Gaiman is probably my favorite Neil Gaiman story.
It has the twelve months of the year sitting together telling tales. The months argue and fight with each other. Finally October decides to tell his story.
The story that October tells is probably the saddest story that Gaiman wrote. It chronicles the life of an unhappy boy who decides to run away from home. His older brothers bully him and he knows it’s time to leave.
It is easy to relate to the boy.
On his adventure he meets a ghost is kind to him.
The ending of the story is always the most chilling and left the imagination of the reader.
I always wanted to write November in the Chair, but I’m afraid that I could never write a story more chilling than this one.
October in the Chair was originally published in 2006 in the short story collection Fragile Things. The audio program I listened to was narrated by Neil Gaiman in the short story collection M is for Magic.