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Halloween Countdown, Day 1


Happy October, everyone!

Today begins my annual 31-day celebration of Halloween. Thank you for joining me! The "spooky texts" I will be posting/linking to each day are short, appropriate for reading in one sitting, and I hope you enjoy them. In addition, you can click on any of the pictures I post to see larger versions. Without further ado, let's get down with our Halloween-loving selves!

To kick things off with just the right mood, here is the short animated film Vincent by Tim Burton and Rick Heinrichs, narrated by Vincent Price:



Spooky Text of the Day: Today's story is "The Child Who Loved A Grave" by Fitz-James O'Brien (1828-1862).

Excerpt:
Far away in the deep heart of a lonely country there was an old solitary churchyard. People were no longer buried there, for it had fulfilled its mission long, long ago, and its rank grass now fed a few vagrant goats that clambered over its ruined wall and roamed through the sad wilderness of graves. It was bordered all round with willows and gloomy cypresses; and the rusty iron gate, seldom if ever opened, shrieked when the wind stirred it on its hinges as if some lost soul, condemned to wander in that desolate place forever, was shaking its bars and wailing at the terrible imprisonment.

In this churchyard there was one grave unlike all the rest. The stone which stood at the head bore no name, but instead the curious device, rudely sculptured of a sun uprising out of the sea.

The grave was very small and covered with a thick growth of dock and nettle, and one might tell by its size that it was that of a little child.

Read the complete story here.

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( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
lizziebelle
Oct. 1st, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yay! Halloween is my favorite holiday, too. :)

I think I read somewhere recently that they're making a full-length feature out of Vincent.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yay! A fellow Halloween lover! :)

I hope that's true. I'd love to see a full-length feature based on Vincent. Who would narrate it, I wonder?
thepirateship
Oct. 1st, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent post!

I really enjoyed the short film: "And wander dark hallways alone and tormented."

The spooky text of the day was very good too. :-)

Thanks for posting, and as I ought to be wandering dark hallways at this moment in my book I will be returning to my writing.

-Shane
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.

Best wishes with the wandering of dark hallways in your writing!
saffronhouse
Oct. 1st, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
oh my! quite a pair, this movie and this story. I'm laughing, in a happily horrified sort of way, because they're the same story, aren't they? Fabulous start to the month -- thank you!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed it.

I'm laughing, in a happily horrified sort of way, because they're the same story, aren't they

I rather thought so, myself. I'm glad they struck you as related, as well!

Your icon is fantastic.
gilda_elise
Oct. 1st, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yay, it's that time again! But what a sad little story.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Yay!

A bit sad, I'm afraid. Not all of them will be, though, I promise! I rather thought that one spoke to the short film in a way.
ex_lbilover
Oct. 1st, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you are doing this again. I watched Vincent for the first time recently and omg, it's fantastic.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you're back for more. :) It really is a fantastic short film, isn't it?
witchcat07
Oct. 1st, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Freaky little story that. And I wonder if Tim Burton's little film was autobiographical ;~)

Happy October to you!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
Freaky indeed. And I bet there's more than a passing resemblance between Vincent and Burton! *wink*

Happy October to you, too! Your icon is more appropriate than ever.
witchcat07
Oct. 4th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Precisely why I picked it. ;~)
agentxpndble
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, the film was *awesome*! I miss Vincent Price SO MUCH - He was amazing.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
I miss him too! There's a rumor that this might become a full-length film. But who would narrate it? What a legacy - and an empty space - he left.

I was just listening to my Halloween playlist on my iPod. It was chilling and surreal to hear "Thriller" and realize that they're both gone.
travisprinzi
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
What a great video!

My 3-year-old daughter Sophia climbed up on me while I was watching it, and after a few seconds of looking at Vincent, said, "Look at that curious guy!"

Perfect.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
That video has a special place in my heart.

I love little Sophia's comment! A gal after my own heart, obviously. (From her vocabulary, I'm betting she's a Ravenclaw.)
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Yay!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Oct. 2nd, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh I'm so excited!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks. Me, too.
thehornedgod
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Love the text of the day: and, as saffronhouse points out, it's a rather good match with Vincent. Long live the... no. Well, may the morbid little boys live as long as they like, then.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it, too! I'd hoped it fit nicely with Vincent.

Long live the... no. Well, may the morbid little boys live as long as they like, then.

Oh, well said indeed! :)

Your icon is particularly well suited to the season.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
I'm so looking forward to following your celebration this year. I hope the interruption that's sure to occur doesn't last too long! Diane
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to sharing this with you. And I'm looking forward to your happy news, as well!
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