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Happy Halloween, Day 11

For your viewing pleasure, here's one of my favorite Halloween-related moments of film history, the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia:


And now, on with the show:

Link of the Day: The Delights of Terror by Terry Heller (This is a fascinating look at the aesthetics of the tale of terror, with particular focus on Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry James.)


Literature of the Day: This very short and deceptively simple tale sneaks up on the reader to deliver wonderful chills!

"The Haunted Orchard" (1912)
by Richard Le Gallienne

Excerpt:
I had been told of an almost forgotten corner on the south coast of Connecticut, where the spring and I could live in an inviolate loneliness—a place uninhabited save by birds and blossoms, woods and thick grass, and an occasional silent farmer, and pervaded by the breath and shimmer of the Sound.

Nor had rumor lied, for when the train set me down at my destination I stepped out into the most wonderful green hush, a leafy Sabbath silence through which the very train, as it went farther on its way, seemed to steal as noiselessly as possible for fear of breaking the spell.

After a winter in the town, to be dropped thus suddenly into the intense quiet of the country-side makes an almost ghostly impression upon one, as of an enchanted silence, a silence that listens and watches but never speaks, finger on lip. There is a spectral quality about everything upon which the eye falls: the woods, like great green clouds, the wayside flowers, the still farm-houses half lost in orchard bloom—all seem to exist in a dream. Everything is so still, everything so supernaturally green. Nothing moves or talks, except the gentle susurrus of the spring wind swaying the young buds high up in the quiet sky, or a bird now and again, or a little brook singing softly to itself among the crowding rushes.

Read the complete short story here.

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mamomo
Oct. 11th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
That 'Night on Bald Mountain' sequence scared the bejeezus out of me when I was little. I could never watch it all the way, I'd get so freaked out.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 12th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
It's still spooky now! I'm just amazed by the artistry that went into it, and how beautifully it matched the music.
magicwondershow
Oct. 12th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
1. i loooooooooooove bald mountain!
2. fabulous story, thank you muchly!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 12th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
1. Me, too! :)
2. You're most welcome - I'm so glad you enjoyed it, too!
arymetore
Oct. 12th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! One of my favorite Halloween pieces... and in one fantastic setting. It is also a nice transposition to put that right before Ave Marie, leading from All Soul's Night to All Saint's Day...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 12th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it, too! It's one of the first things I think of when I think of Halloween. Nice point about transitioning from All Soul's Night to All Saint's Day.
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