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The last day of September!

Happy birthday to a very hoopy frood, vaklam. May you have a great day and a wonderful year to come!

Tomorrow will begin my month-long Halloween countdown, and I hope you will join me (and invite anyone else you know who might be interested) in celebrating Halloween here every day, throughout October. With only a couple of exceptions (for favorites that have become a tradition), all of the "spooky texts" that I will be posting are new to my countdown. I hope you will enjoy them!

Speaking of Halloween, I am pleased that The Library of America is releasing American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to Now, a two-volume boxed collection of the American Gothic tradition (from Edgar Allan Poe to today's masters of terror and the uncanny with 86 stories in all) in time for the holiday. It sounds like perfect October reading: bring it on!


I have a few links to share...

* AMC's miniseries remake of The Prisoner starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan will run for two hours each night from November 15-17. Read more here.

* Here's an interesting interactive map of Banned and Challenged Books in the United States (2007-2009).

* From GeekDad at Wired: "Top Ten Unanswered Questions in Geeky Movies."

* Librivox.org has added several more free unabridged readings of interest to genre readers:
-- Short Science Fiction Collection #27 with stories by James Blish, Jack Vance, Harry Harrison, and others
-- Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy
-- Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne

* I am looking forward to the "Star Wars in Concert" World Tour. We'll be catching the performance in Charlotte, NC. Here is the trailer:





"September fattens on vines.
Roses flake from the wall.
The smoke of harmless fires drifts to my eyes.
This is plenty. This is more than enough."
- Geoffrey Hill, September Song

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belleferret
Sep. 30th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh thanks for the update on The Prisoner! I'd have to dvr that!

Heh, wonder where the Star Wars people got that idea. ;-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome!

LOL. I know what you mean! What's that saying about the sincerest form of flattery? To be sure, one of the reasons I was so psyched about seeing this is that I thoroughly loved my experience of seeing Lord of the Rings in concert.
agentxpndble
Sep. 30th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'd totally forgotten about that Prisoner remake and wasn't even sure it was a done-deal... Now it's *airing* already! What do you think - Good? Bad? Ugly?

Thanks for the banned books map - cool. Kind of low key here this year... The ACLU isn't doing the big "festival" they've done in the past - But the Book Festival is only a few weeks away, so \o/.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
I know - it caught me by surprise, too. I am extremely cautiously optimistic (based on the teasers I've seen thus far), but that really could change at any moment. Mostly, I'm just holding my breath.
vaklam
Sep. 30th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes. Now, where'd I put that towel?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm pretty sure you're the kind of guy who knows where your towel is. ;)

euclase
Sep. 30th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT YOUR HALLOWEEN POSTS. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT HALLOWEEN IN GENERAL.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

SORRY THIS COMMENT NEEDED TO BE ALL CAPS. OMG. *bounces*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!!!!!!! I am squeeing with you! :)

I'm so excited that you're excited too. I hope you enjoy my posts - and I hope your Halloween is fantastic!

*bounces*

bouncybabylemur
Sep. 30th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the "I Read Banned Books" jewelry? I got this bracelet (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41igazjhNgL._SS400_.jpg) as a door prize at a library conference last spring. It's pretty awesome for being free. And it advertises the reading of banned books!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
That is SO awesome! I can't remember how I found out about it, but I actually got one last year, and I just love it. It's so clever that the charms are the book covers. :) You library folk are the coolest.
gamgeefest
Oct. 1st, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the 10 ten unanswered questions. My question re: SW wouldn't be Yavin though, it would be the erroneous concept that one can outrun a laser beam - much less see it. *rolls eyes* (As several sci-fi movies/shows use sound in space, I won't even bother with that one.)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
My question re: SW wouldn't be Yavin though, it would be the erroneous concept that one can outrun a laser beam - much less see it. *rolls eyes* (As several sci-fi movies/shows use sound in space, I won't even bother with that one.)

LOL! Excellent points indeed.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
The Star Wars in Concert World Tour looks amazing, Amy! Thanks for sharing. I wonder if Germany is part of the World? ;-) Do you know where I can find out the concert dates? Diane
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
It looks like they've only announced the US and Canadian dates so far, but I think it's supposed to go to Europe eventually, too (??). Here's the page for tour dates. My fingers are crossed that it will come to Germany for you!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
Yipee!
I look forward to this every year Amy! It puts me in the right mood for the spooks ;) Can't wait to see what you come up with this time around. Tomorrow night Dwight and I will be attending the ghost stories concert at the Storytellers Festival. I am so excited I can't see straight!

Big hugs out to you,

Rebecca
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Yipee!
Yay! Thank you SO much! I'm getting excited, myself. I hope you enjoy the posts.

The ghost stories concert at the Storytellers Festival sounds fantastic! I hope you two enjoy it thoroughly. What a perfect time of year for it! :)

Hugs to you!
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