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Halloween Countdown, Day 16


Thanks to everyone who took part in my poll about the greatest stars of classic horror cinema. The poll is still open, if you would like to weigh in with your vote!


Are you looking for some Halloween-related online fun for your Friday? Here are a few suggestions:

-- Go here to play The Creature Must Die!, the game in which you are Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Your goal is to bring the creature to life by harnessing the power of lightning to charge your machines and give three jolts of life-generating electricity to the creature. But you must first get a brain for the creature -- and you must do all of this while defending your laboratory against a mob of angry villagers.

-- Go here to play Halloween Hangman, complete with a skeleton who hurls insults at you.

-- Go here to use the Goth-O-Matic Poetry Generator and create your eerie masterpiece. You have your choice of darkly Gothic poem styles: Supernatural Violence and Horror, Feeling Very Sorry for Yourself, Fear of Religious Persecution, Eternal Love of Vampires, and The Black Abyss of Righteous Hatred. What's not to love?


Here's an award-winning short film (under five minutes!) that's ideal viewing if you wish to get into the Halloween mood. Spine-tingling fun! (Thanks to peadarog!) Enjoy He Dies at the End:




Spooky Text of the Day: Today's story is "The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost" (1902) by the great H.G. Wells.

Excerpt:
"Yes. Well--" He pulled at his cigar for some little time as though he still hesitated about his confidence. Then he said, quite quietly, "I caught a ghost!"

"Caught a ghost, did you?" said Sanderson. "Where is it?"

And Evans, who admires Clayton immensely and has been four weeks in America, shouted, "Caught a ghost, did you, Clayton? I'm glad of it! Tell us all about it right now."

Clayton said he would in a minute, and asked him to shut the door.

He looked apologetically at me. "There's no eavesdropping of course, but we don't want to upset our very excellent service with any rumours of ghosts in the place. There's too much shadow and oak panelling to trifle with that. And this, you know, wasn't a regular ghost. I don't think it will come again--ever."

"You mean to say you didn't keep it?" said Sanderson.

"I hadn't the heart to," said Clayton.


Read the complete story here.

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gilda_elise
Oct. 16th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
God, that film certainly got me! The sun doesn't come up for 15 minutes, I'm alone in my office and while my husband is in the house he's upstairs in bed. Lucky thing there are two dogs ten feet away or I'd be up there with him!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Ha! It got me, too - I think I spooked our Boston terrier when I jumped at the end. LOL!
fungus_files
Oct. 16th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
My current online guilty pleasure is Plants vs Zombies. I can't seem to get enough of that game...! Thing is, E. is also enjoying it. Does that make us excellent or diabolical parents?!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
It makes you excellent. Definitely excellent. And it's great news for current geeks, too, knowing the next generation of geeks is assured!
st_crispins
Oct. 16th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Halloween Hangman ---an oldie but goodie.

I was planning to post it next week ---ya beat me to it! :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, sorry! ;) It is a classic.
st_crispins
Oct. 16th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
I played the Frankenstein game but how do you grab the brain as it bounces out of the vbillager's head?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
LOL! I still haven't figured that out.
mamomo
Oct. 16th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
The cemetery photo today is AMAZING!
vyrdolak
Oct. 17th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
It looks like another shot of Usiel here:

eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that second one to which you linked is especially wonderful.
vyrdolak
Oct. 17th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Apparently the Haserot Angel is regionally famous, it is also known as "The Angel of Death Victorious".
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you think so, too - I love it.
cookiefleck
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
All 3 of those links sound like a lot of fun. Will try them all out later. Sent them to my son.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Terrific - and thanks!
ankh_hpl
Oct. 16th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yes! I'm not the only one who appreciates "Bloodletting"! (Of course, now I've got the lyrics stuck in my head for the rest of the day.)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I love that song! It's got great sing-along-ability, if you know what I mean.
witchcat07
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
I confess, I was too chicken to finish watching the little movie, afraid I might suffer my own apoplexy.

I would call that story a Victorian version of the Darwin awards that go to a guy who says, "Hey, y'all, watch this!"
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Ha! It was rather intense, wasn't it?

I would call that story a Victorian version of the Darwin awards that go to a guy who says, "Hey, y'all, watch this!"

Bwahahaha! An astute observation indeed. I love it.
agentxpndble
Nov. 4th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Spooky Text of the Day: Today's story is "The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost" (1902) by the great H.G. Wells.

This is unbearably boring of me, but I can't help myself... I HAVE THE ORIGINAL PRINT COPY OF THIS! Well, the original version that came out in the bound annual of the Strand that year (not the loose, monthly version of the magazine.) It's a prized possession - I got it in the rare book room of Kenny's in Ireland.

I now return you to the more humble, non-annoying Agent X. ;-)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 5th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome! What a find. *geek love* Give it a gentle pat for me, okay?
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