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Happy Halloween, Day 13

First, I bring you Halloween quizzes!


Your Vampire Name Is...

Lenore of the Damned





Your Very Own Halloween Horror Story!
LJ Username
Favorite Halloween Film
Favorite Halloween Character
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 ghouls too hideous to be named
Who immediately twists an ankle and becomes a victim? melissagay
Who heroically buys time for your escape? thewordoffred
Who is the last one left to contemplate your doom with you? llembas
This cool quiz by eldritchhobbit - Taken 241 Times.
New - COOL Dating Tips and Romance Advice!





And now, on with the show:

Links of the Day: Here are two bands who produce wonderful, chilling, Halloween-appropriate music. You can listen to samples from their albums as you explore their websites.

* Nox Arcana ("Music from the Shadows")
* Midnight Syndicate ("Gothic Nightmare Soundtracks")


Literature of the Day: I hope this classic ghost story gives you thrills and chills.

"What Was It?"
by Fitz-James O'Brien (1828-1862)

Excerpt:
It is, I confess, with considerable diffidence, that I approach the strange narrative which I am about to relate. The events which I purpose detailing are of so extraordinary a character that I am quite prepared to meet with an unusual amount of incredulity and scorn. I accept all such beforehand. I have, I trust, the literary courage to face unbelief. I have, after mature consideration resolved to narrate, in as simple and straightforward a manner as I can compass, some facts that passed under my observation, in the month of July last, and which, in the annals of the mysteries of physical science, are wholly unparalleled.

I live at No.—Twenty-sixth Street, in New York. The house is in some respects a curious one. It has enjoyed for the last two years the reputation of being haunted. It is a large and stately residence, surrounded by what was once a garden, but which is now only a green enclosure used for bleaching clothes. The dry basin of what has been a fountain, and a few fruit trees ragged and unpruned, indicate that this spot in past days was a pleasant, shady retreat, filled with fruits and flowers and the sweet murmur of waters.

Read the complete short story here.

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syredronning
Oct. 13th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
I liked the ghost story (including its sad ending), thanks for sharing :))
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for telling me so. It's my pleasure to share these things I enjoy so much. :)
alicambs
Oct. 13th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
I am very impressed with your Halloween links and love the quizzes!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! That's great to hear. :)
dracschick
Oct. 14th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Nice vampire name meme:)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Ha! I thought you might like that. :)
otoselkie
Oct. 14th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Having thoroughly enjoyed your October posts this year and last, I thought you might be interested in this – lunatunes, a music community that runs on a weekly theme, is doing Halloween songs this week. Friends-only, but membership is open.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic! I didn't know about it, and I'm really grateful that you told me. I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks! :)

I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts, as well. Happy October!
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