Summer Block

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Summer Block has published work in Catapult, Longreads, The Awl, The Toast, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, and several anthologies. She's currently working on a book about Halloween.


Cover Photo: A photograph of the book cover of Zolar's Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams, superimposed over a graphic of a starry night sky and a person looking up into the firmament.
How to Decode Your Dreams and Predict Your Future

We knew ‘Zolar’s Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams’ was absurd. But, as teenagers, we were thrilled by the idea of interpreting the secret symbols of the universe.

Mar 03, 2022
Cover Photo: abstract, brightly colored neighborhood scene: small trick-or-treaters in ghost costumes, holding jack-o-lantern buckets, receive candy from their neighbors via conveyor belt, long robot arm, candy cannon, slide, fishing pole, clothesline, and candy chute
Why We Open Our Doors on Halloween (Even If We Can’t This Year)

Our Halloween traditions hearken back to rituals of dispelling threats through communal acts of giving and receiving.

Oct 27, 2020
Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author
Taking Care With Broken Things: How I Came to Practice Ethical Taxidermy

“I imagined that spending so much time with a dead thing might make death more understandable.”

Oct 31, 2017