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First of all, happy birthday to fenice_fu. May you have a wonderful day and year to come!

Second, three cheers for fungus_files, who also is celebrating Halloween on her LJ this month through a series of "spooky posts." Go, read, and enjoy!

And now, to continue the countdown begun yesterday, here is an excerpt from the fourth scariest book of all time (according to the Edmonton Journal):

And as she so sat she became aware of an aged and beautiful gentleman with white hair, drawing near along the lane; and advancing to meet him, another and very small gentleman, to whom at first she paid less attention. When they had come within speech (which was just under the maid’s eyes) the older man bowed and accosted the other with a very pretty manner of politeness. It did not seem as if the subject of his address were of great importance; indeed, from his pointing, it sometimes appeared as if he were only inquiring his way; but the moon shone on his face as he spoke, and the girl was pleased to watch it, it seemed to breathe such an innocent and old-world kindness of disposition, yet with something high too, as of a well-founded self-content. Presently her eye wandered to the other, and she was surprised to recognise in him a certain Mr. Hyde, who had once visited her master and for whom she had conceived a dislike. He had in his hand a heavy cane, with which he was trifling; but he answered never a word, and seemed to listen with an ill-contained impatience. And then all of a sudden he broke out in a great flame of anger, stamping with his foot, brandishing the cane, and carrying on (as the maid described it) like a madman. The old gentleman took a step back, with the air of one very much surprised and a trifle hurt; and at that Mr. Hyde broke out of all bounds and clubbed him to the earth. And next moment, with ape-like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway. At the horror of these sights and sounds, the maid fainted.

- from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)

read the novel at the Electronic Text Center at University of Virginia Library
read the novel at Bibliomania
read the novel (version 1) at Project Gutenberg
read the novel (version 2) at Project Gutenberg

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agentxpndble
Oct. 2nd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
I *so* need to read that book... It's a crime I haven't - It's practically the textbook on the good/evil in human nature that I so love. No excuse...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
It's super-short, as novels go. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it! It does seem right up your alley, now that I think about it.
syrcleoftrees
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
I read so much about you here on lj,and am often referred to your journal,so I added you to my F-list. Just though you would like to know,wonderful post,I like your style! HT
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :) It's lovely to have you on my flist. I've heard lots about you, too, and I've added you back. If you have any interest on being added to my filter for music mixes, let me know. And welcome!
syrcleoftrees
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
I am always interested in music mixes,so yes please do. that would be wonderful ! thank you!
((Hugs))!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I love your icon! :) You've been added, so you should be able to see everything here and, for the last two days, here. Please yell if you need anything refreshed. :) Thanks!
syrcleoftrees
Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
all the files 1-3 sets will not load for me,it says the file no longer exists,,,T_T
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
Let's see: are those the ones for the 3-CD Party Mix (LOTR, Narnia, Harry Potter, etc.)? I'll be glad to reupload them - I just wanted to check to be sure I was reuploading the ones you want. Thanks!
fenice_fu
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank-you for the birthday wishes! My all time favorite Halloween novel is The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. I wish it had more girls in it though...

Our neighbor has a string of hanging ghosties (about 10 inches high) that are lit up inside with colored lights like a string of christmas lights, very cool...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a fabulous birthday!

I do love Bradbury. I need to reread The Halloween Tree! I just got a new copy of The October Country for rereading pleasure.

I bet those hanging ghosties are a hoot!
asphixiapixia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah for Spooky Vision on LJ!! I want to go read a horror story now and that is not like me at all.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! Glad I could share the spooky. :)
dracschick
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I love Jekyll and Hyde............
It's one of my favs (after Dracula and Phantom:)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I love Jekyll and Hyde............
Fantastic! You have the best taste. :)
witchcat07
Oct. 2nd, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
Dracula and Phantom are my personal favourites as well. Gotta love the Victorian style of writing.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
You said it! :)
fungus_files
Oct. 3rd, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
I think mine's going to turn into creature-feature central and bit of a gory-flick fest...am hoping no-one is too delicate. :D

And there'll be heaps of CHEESE, of course. Can't help servin' up the cheese.

Am ashamed to say that I've never read Jekyll/Hyde either...in fact, no Robert Louis Stevenson at all.

*clutches at ebbing credibility*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Are you kidding? Creature-feature central, with a gory-flick fest and extra cheese, sounds wonderful! Lead on! :)

And thanks. *huge hugs*

The good news is that Jekyll/Hyde is super short, so if you have the urge, it won't take you long to devour it.
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