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First, links to some fascinatingly atmospheric and evocative places:
Derelict London: Cemeteries and Graveyards
Kensal Green Cemetery, London
All Souls Kensal Green
Underground Paris: A Virtual Tour
WebMuseum, Paris: The Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris (Wikipedia)

Second, a meme:


Halloween Picks for You
Name
DOB
Favourite Color
Your Halloween song is "Night on Bald Mountain"
Your Halloween movie is POLTERGEIST
Your Halloween TV rerun episode is from THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Your Halloween story is THE VAMPYRE by John Polidori
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And now, here is an excerpt from the second scariest book of all time (according to the Edmonton Journal):

I only slept a few hours when I went to bed, and feeling that I could not sleep any more, got up. I had hung my shaving glass by the window, and was just beginning to shave. Suddenly I felt a hand on my shoulder, and heard the Count's voice saying to me, "Good morning." I started, for it amazed me that I had not seen him, since the reflection of the glass covered the whole room behind me. In starting I had cut myself slightly, but did not notice it at the moment. Having answered the Count's salutation, I turned to the glass again to see how I had been mistaken. This time there could be no error, for the man was close to me, and I could see him over my shoulder. But there was no reflection of him in the mirror! The whole room behind me was displayed, but there was no sign of a man in it, except myself.

This was startling, and coming on the top of so many strange things, was beginning to increase that vague feeling of uneasiness which I always have when the Count is near. But at the instant I saw the the cut had bled a little, and the blood was trickling over my chin. I laid down the razor, turning as I did so half round to look for some sticking plaster. When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix. It made an instant change in him, for the fury passed so quickly that I could hardly believe that it was ever there.

"Take care," he said, "take care how you cut yourself. It is more dangerous that you think in this country."


- from Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

Read the novel at Project Gutenberg.
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childermass
Oct. 4th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
ooooh, the links! :O especially the catacombs. and i've been loving the quotes, especially frankenstein - so atmospheric. i'm envious of shelley's writing. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Catacombs fascinate me! Kensal Green cemetery has a place that connects down to the old Roman catacombs, too. Very fascinating stuff. I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts. *hug* I know what you mean about Shelley's writing!
terrylj
Oct. 4th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the links! I LOVE graveyards, old churches, etc.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome. I love them too! :)
arymetore
Oct. 4th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm... Dracula... definitely a very interesting way of putting a novel together, especially in the beginning. And I love Night on Bald Mountain :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, I completely agree. And "Night on Bald Mountain" is a favorite of mine!
arymetore
Oct. 4th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Great links as well. The derelict cemetaries reminded me of some of the one's I've been to here in TN. There are a LOT of them in places. A friend of mine had an interest in such and had one 7 1/2 minute quad topo map with about 150 different cemetaries on it! And a topo that size really isn't that much area. He took me to one down near South Pittsburgh (near Chattanooga) that had a large sandstone marker that said the person was a friend of Col. Daniel Boone. One of the dates was 1793 I think...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Amazing! Tennessee really does have some fascinating - and spooky! - places. I know even the road we're on, outside of Lebanon, has half a dozen family cemeteries on it, and some are quite old. Great stuff.
estellye
Oct. 4th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Greg Hildebrandt did what I thought was one of his most successful drawings of this moment in Dracula. *shiver*

((((EH))))
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I know the one you're describing. Absolutely chilling!
(((Estellye)))
wellinghall
Oct. 4th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Do you know Stephen Fry's Dracula parody, "The Letter"?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
No, I don't! But it sounds like something I'd really enjoy.
wellinghall
Oct. 5th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Very, very funny; but, alas, seemingly unobtainable nowadays. Extensive websearches a few months ago revealed one page with it on, but it was taken down before I thought to make a copy. Enquiries to SF's agent got a polite "No".

Example:

Servitor: "Capon for dinner, sir."
SF, playing the part of Jonathan Harker: "Capon? Yummy."
Servitor: "No, sir, the Count insists that all his guests wear a cape for dinner."

Servitor: "Macon, sir."
SF: "A mac on top of this cape? I'll suffocate."
Servitor: "No, sir, there is a fine bottle of Macon to drink."
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! Wonderful stuff. I wish it were available somewhere!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
PS. Thanks for the excerpts. At least I've had a glimpse of it!
wellinghall
Oct. 6th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
It looks as though it might be here:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=SKdGwfMD8u8
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Thanks so much.
witchcat07
Oct. 4th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, Dracula! *drooool*

The catacombs were interesting, but the images at Derelict London were kinda sad, esp the headless angels. And the talk of moving bodies out of a cemetery to build flats reminds me of Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett. (If you haven't read Terry Pratchett you should, if for no other reason than his Disc World books tend to have a Lovecraftian flavour at times) What was creepy was the guy who moved into one of the flats and said his garden grew really well (yeah, I'll bet!) but he had an unaccountable gloom and depression, and then experienced poltergeist activity. Eek!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 5th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yay for Dracula! You're right: the Derelict London site tends to go from fascinating to sad quite quickly. Good point on the Pratchett! (Did I mention he was going to be the Author Guest of Honor at MidSouthCon this year?) I need to read more by him. I loved his Good Omens with Neil Gaiman.

What was creepy was the guy who moved into one of the flats and said his garden grew really well (yeah, I'll bet!) but he had an unaccountable gloom and depression, and then experienced poltergeist activity. Eek!

Eeek indeed! :-o
witchcat07
Oct. 6th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Eep! When is MidSouthCon again? Pratchett is a very compelling reason to go.

If you have read his Good Omens collaboration, you would probably like the Disc World series. Just start at the beginning and work your way through.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Excellent advice! Thanks.

The MidSouthCon page is here. I'm a bit worried about a potential schedule conflict this year, but I'm hoping to work that out. I've been a speaker there for the last three years, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a fabulous con!
witchcat07
Oct. 7th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
We have pretty much decided we want to go. After all, how often is Terry Pratchett in our neck of the woods? Must take advantage of opportunities as they arise!
saccage
Oct. 4th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Whoo! That excerpt is full of win.

Got me into the halloween mood REAL quick. XD
saccage
Oct. 4th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
ROFL.


Halloween Picks for You
Name
DOB
Favourite Color
Your Halloween song is "Thriller"
Your Halloween movie is THE HAUNTING
Your Halloween TV rerun episode is from THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Your Halloween story is DRACULA by Bram Stoker
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 5th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
LOL! Awesome. Hey, it's great to hear from you, too. It's been ages! *hugs* I hope all's well with you. Happy (Early) Halloween!
saccage
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
It has been ages. :O

*TACKLECLINGHUGS* ^__^
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
*hugsrightback*
dracschick
Oct. 5th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
My fav!
I find the book more sexy than scary though:)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 5th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Re: My fav!
I just adore your icon. And I definitely can see the sex appeal of the Dracula story.
dracschick
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much.........
My flist buddy, Angedemusique made it for me:)
witchcat07
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Re: My fav!
I think it's scary and sensual all at once. Esp the scene between Dracula and Mina. *droooool*
sittingduck1313
Oct. 5th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
I have no problem with it picking Night Gallery for the TV show (though I've never seen it, I've heard it's done an excellent adaptation of Pickman's Model). But I was of hoping for Kolchak (though you might have been able to guess that from my avatar).
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
Kolchak was fantastic! *three cheers for the Night Stalker - and your icon!*
sittingduck1313
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
I got it off the cover of the Moonstone Books comic book (or graphic novel for those who insist) Get of Belial.
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