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Halloween Countdown, Day 17


Happy birthday to vulpine137! May you have a wonderful day and a terrific year to come.

* 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! I will post the results tomorrow.

* From SFFaudio: "Five Free Favorites: Halloween Edition," which lists recommendations for free audio horror programs, "all gruesomely awesome, which I hope will help whet your bloodthirsty appetite this Halloween season."

Spooky Text of the Day: Today's text is the poem "The Superstitious Ghost" by Arthur Guiterman (1871-1943).

I’m such a quiet little ghost,
Demure and inoffensive,
The other spirits say I’m most
Absurdly apprehensive.

Through all the merry hours of night
I’m uniformly cheerful;
I love the dark; but in the light,
I own I’m rather fearful.

Each dawn I cower down in bed,
In every brightness seeing,
That weird uncanny form of dread—
An awful Human Being!

Of course I’m told they can’t exist,
That Nature would not let them;
But Willy Spook, the Humanist,
Declares that he has met them!

He says they do not glide like us,
But walk in eerie paces;
They’re solid, not diaphanous,
With arms! and legs!! and faces!!!

And some are beggars, some are kings,
Some have and some are wanting,
They squander time in doing things,
Instead of simply haunting.

They talk of “art,” the horrid crew,
And things they call “ambitions.”
Oh, yes, I know as well as you
They’re only superstitions.

But should the dreadful day arrive
When, starting up, I see one,
I'm sure ’twill scare me quite alive;
And then—Oh, then I’ll be one!

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vulpine137
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
*beam* Thank you :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
You're most welcome! I hope you have a terrific celebration - complete with tentacles, if the stars are right. ;)
green_key
Oct. 18th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Just caught up on all of your amazing Halloween posts. I don't know how you do it every year, but it is the best Halloween treat ever. Thank you so much for what is obviously a LOT of work.

Now if I could just manage to get my Frankenstein to sit up in the game you posted yesterday. Sit, Frankie, sit!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 19th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Icon love!!!

Thank you so much for reading my Halloween posts. I'm so glad you enjoyed them! That makes my day. *hugs* I figure I could throw a Halloween party here, but only my friends in town could attend. If I throw a party online, all of my friends can come! And if I divide it up over the whole month, it's just that much more celebrating that we can do. ;)

Now if I could just manage to get my Frankenstein to sit up in the game you posted yesterday. Sit, Frankie, sit!

LOL!

witchcat07
Oct. 19th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Cute poem. I'm pretty sure I've read it before, I think in a children's collection of spooky writings. The last stanza was particularly memorable. ;~)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 19th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, that last stanza is hard to forget. ;) Glad you liked it!
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