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"the ghastly extremes of agony"

Huge and happy thanks to the anonymous friend who gave me a virtual jack-o-lantern (or should I say Frank-o-lantern?) for my LJ. What a lovely surprise! You made my day. Thank you so much!!!

Don't miss this wonderful Video Monday: Halloween! post (thanks to duncatra), which provides many wonderful video links, including the fabulous Simpsons-do-Poe episode "The Raven."

Memeage!


Your Very Own Halloween Horror Story!
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You find yourself in the overgrown burial ground of a forgotten people
Whose cryptic whispers warn you of danger? maidoforange
You discover you are being chased by the proverbial zombie jamboree
Who immediately twists an ankle and becomes a victim? artwhisperer
Who heroically buys time for your escape? agentxpndble
Who is the last one left to contemplate your doom with you? dannyboy8406
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Tomorrow is the big day! I've saved an excerpt from one of the spookiest short stories I know to share with you on this holiday eve. Enjoy "The Premature Burial" (1850) by Edgar Allan Poe:

I might refer at once, if necessary to a hundred well authenticated instances. One of very remarkable character, and of which the circumstances may be fresh in the memory of some of my readers, occurred, not very long ago, in the neighboring city of Baltimore, where it occasioned a painful, intense, and widely-extended excitement. The wife of one of the most respectable citizens-a lawyer of eminence and a member of Congress -- was seized with a sudden and unaccountable illness, which completely baffled the skill of her physicians. After much suffering she died, or was supposed to die. No one suspected, indeed, or had reason to suspect, that she was not actually dead. She presented all the ordinary appearances of death. The face assumed the usual pinched and sunken outline. The lips were of the usual marble pallor. The eyes were lustreless. There was no warmth. Pulsation had ceased. For three days the body was preserved unburied, during which it had acquired a stony rigidity. The funeral, in short, was hastened, on account of the rapid advance of what was supposed to be decomposition.

The lady was deposited in her family vault, which, for three subsequent years, was undisturbed. At the expiration of this term it was opened for the reception of a sarcophagus; -- but, alas! how fearful a shock awaited the husband, who, personally, threw open the door! As its portals swung outwardly back, some white-apparelled object fell rattling within his arms. It was the skeleton of his wife in her yet unmoulded shroud.

A careful investigation rendered it evident that she had revived within two days after her entombment; that her struggles within the coffin had caused it to fall from a ledge, or shelf to the floor, where it was so broken as to permit her escape. A lamp which had been accidentally left, full of oil, within the tomb, was found empty; it might have been exhausted, however, by evaporation. On the uttermost of the steps which led down into the dread chamber was a large fragment of the coffin, with which, it seemed, that she had endeavored to arrest attention by striking the iron door. While thus occupied, she probably swooned, or possibly died, through sheer terror; and, in failing, her shroud became entangled in some iron -- work which projected interiorly. Thus she remained, and thus she rotted, erect.


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maidoforange
Oct. 30th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
A particularly chilling Poe. Excellent and I love that Simpsons.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 30th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It strikes me as especially eerie.

And that Simpsons is one of the best, I think!
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 30th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Isn't it fabulous? I love the idea of the recurring evil that's never vanquished, and the concept of sharing your mortality through the knife. How will we wait until the second half? Augh!
syredronning
Oct. 30th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks a lot for the Video Monday link! There was hilarious stuff recced!

*watching the Indian version of Thriller***TEH HORROR! TEH HORROR!
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