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Happy Halloween, Day 17

Happy birthday wishes to vulpine137! May you have a fantastic day today and many more to come!

Next, to help provide that Halloween atmosphere, I give you footage of the catacombs of Paris (complete with music!):


And, for extra creepiness, here are two more videos, this time from The Scariest Places on Earth:

*"Man Lost in the Catacombs of Paris," Part 1
*"Man Lost in the Catacombs of Paris," Part 2


And now, on with the show:

Links of the Day: Related to the clips above, here are some illustrated sites about the eerie and fascinating catacombs of Paris:

*The Catacombs of Paris (Wikipedia)
*Underground Paris: A Virtual Tour
*WebMuseum, Paris: The Catacombs of Paris


Literature of the Day: I hope you enjoy this spooky little poem.

"Hallowe’en" (1918)
By W.M. Letts

"Why do you wait at your door, woman,
Alone in the night?"
"I am waiting for one who will come, stranger,
To show him a light.
He will see me afar on the road,
And be glad at the sight."

"Have you no fear in your heart, woman,

To stand there alone?
There is comfort for you and kindly content
Beside the hearthstone."
But she answered, "No rest can I have
Till I welcome my own."

"Is it far he must travel to-night,
This man of your heart?"
"Strange lands that I know not, and pitiless seas
Have kept us apart,
And he travels this night to his home
Without guide, without chart."

"And has he companions to cheer him?"
"Aye, many," she said.
"The candles are lighted, the hearthstones are swept,
The fires glow red.
We shall welcome them out of the night--
Our home-coming dead."

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gilda_elise
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
And, for extra creepiness, here are two more videos, this time from The Scariest Places on Earth:

*"Man Lost in the Catacombs of Paris," Part 1
*"Man Lost in the Catacombs of Paris," Part 2


This is creepy. I can't imagine a more horrifying experience, lost in the dark, the walls closing in on you. Last July, we went to the London Dungeons and when you first start off they have you wait in a room of mirrors. Then they turn off most of the lights and you bump around trying to find your way out. Even knowing there was no way to get lost, it was still rather unnerving.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I agree. There's the added horror that the catacombs aren't all that structurally sound anymore. *shivers* And, good grief, what an experience at the London Dungeons! That does sound incredibly unnerving.
dracschick
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
I like the poems that have been on your blog. Thanks,as always for sharing:)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad to hear it! Thank you for letting me know. It's my pleasure to share them. :)
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 18th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
You're most welcome. I love reading about them too - so spooky!
thehornedgod
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
The skulls, the skulls! I must visit the catacombs.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 18th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
Aren't they amazing? I'm glad you enjoyed the post. If you visit the catacombs, you must take pictures and share! :)
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