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Happy Halloween, Day 16

First, one Halloween-related announcement: Valancourt Books has announced the debut of its new annual Halloween Special. Oh, the horror! Check it out at their website.


And now, on with the show:

Link of the Day: Mad-Monsters Movie Trailers (This is great fun. Watch the movie trailers of classic old horror films on your computer! Be sure to look around the rest of the site, as well.)


Literature of the Day: Here's a classic for you.

“All Souls” (1909)
by Edith Wharton

A thin moon faints in the sky o'erhead,
And dumb in the churchyard lie the dead.
Walk we not, Sweet, by garden ways,
Where the late rose hangs and the phlox delays,
But forth of the gate and down the road,
Past the church and the yews, to their dim abode.
For it's turn of the year and All Souls' night,
When the dead can hear and the dead have sight.

Fear not that sound like wind in the trees:
It is only their call that comes on the breeze;
Fear not the shudder that seems to pass:
It is only the tread of their feet on the grass;
Fear not the drip of the bough as you stoop:
It is only the touch of their hands that grope--
For the year's on the turn and it's All Souls' night,
When the dead can yearn and the dead can smite.


And where should a man bring his sweet to woo
But here, where such hundreds were lovers too?
Where lie the dead lips that thirst to kiss,
The empty hands that their fellows miss,
Where the maid and her lover, from sere to green,
Sleep bed by bed, with the worm between?
For it's turn of the year and All Souls' night,
When the dead can hear and the dead have sight.

And now they rise and walk in the cold,
Let us warm their blood and give youth to the old.
Let them see us and hear us, and say: "Ah, thus
In the prime of the year it went with us!"
Till their lips drawn close, and so long unkist,
Forget they are mist that mingles with mist!
For the year's on the turn, and it's All Souls' night,
When the dead can burn and the dead can smite.

Till they say, as they hear us—poor dead, poor dead!--
"Just an hour of this, and our age-long bed--
Just a thrill of the old remembered pains
To kindle a flame in our frozen veins,
A touch, and a sight, and a floating apart,
As the chill of dawn strikes each phantom heart--
For it's turn of the year and All Souls' night,
When the dead can hear and the dead have sight."

And where should the living feel alive
But here in this wan white humming hive,
As the moon wastes down, and the dawn turns cold,
And one by one they creep back to the fold?
And where should a man hold his mate and say:
"One more, one more, ere we go their way"?
For the year's on the turn, and it's All Souls' night,
When the living can learn by the churchyard light.

And how should we break faith who have seen
Those dead lips plight with the mist between,
And how forget, who have seen how soon
They lie thus chambered and cold to the moon?
How scorn, how hate, how strive, wee too,
Who must do so soon as those others do?
For it's All Souls' night, and break of the day,
And behold, with the light the dead are away. . .

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 16th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
You Tube video
Hi!! Sorry I have yet to create a live journal account so I am anon for the moment:) I found a great video on Youtube set to Nox Arcana's The Stars Align. The video features great illustrations of Cthulhu:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMqU4vtSHfc

Rebecca K
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: You Tube video
Oh, fantastic! Thanks so much for the link. I hope you're having a great October! :)
dracschick
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
I like the poem. Thanks for sharing it from Wharton:)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
You're most welcome! :) I'm glad you liked it.
agentxpndble
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Augh! AUGH! That is the most gorgeous poem *EVER*! Augh!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it! :) I thought it was quite lovely.
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