Originally the ninth (novern) month, November has long been associated with slaughter, hence the Dutch Slaghtmaand ("Slaughter month"). The Anglo Saxon was Blotmonath ("blood" or "sacrifice month").
A dismal month, November has been the subject of many writers' ire. As J.B. Burges wrote: "November leads her wintry train, / And stretches o'er the firmament her veil / Charg'd with foul vapors, fogs and drizzly rain."
Famously, Thomas Hood's poem "No!" contains the lines, "No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease... / No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds--November!"
Agatha Christie (1891-1976)