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Halloween Countdown, Day 21


Librivox.org has some new, unabridged readings available that are perfect for the season! Here are some examples of new releases ready for free download:

* The Book of Hallowe’en by Ruth Edna Kelley
* The Abbot's Ghost by Louisa May Alcott
* Zastrozzi, A Romance by Percy Bysshe Shelley

* I don't know what it is about broken headstones, but they seem particularly eerie and evocative to me. I recently took these pictures (and some more here) at a nearby cemetery.

Broken Headstone



Spooky Text of the Day: Today's chilling tale is the classic "Clarimonde" (a.k.a. "The Vampire") by Théophile Gautier (1811–1872).

Excerpt:
The physicians who were summoned could not comprehend the nature of her malady and knew not how to treat it. They all prescribed some insignificant remedies, and never called a second time. Her paleness, nevertheless, visibly increased, and she became colder and colder, until she seemed almost as white and dead as upon that memorable night in the unknown castle. I grieved with anguish unspeakable to behold her thus slowly perishing; and she, touched by my agony, smiled upon me sweetly and sadly with the fateful smile of those who feel that they must die.

One morning I was seated at her bedside, and breakfasting from a little table placed close at hand, so that I might not be obliged to leave her for a single instant. In the act of cutting some fruit I accidentally inflicted rather a deep gash on my finger. The blood immediately gushed forth in a little purple jet, and a few drops spurted upon Clarimonde. Her eyes flashed, her face suddenly assumed an expression of savage and ferocious joy such as I had never before observed in her.


Read the complete story here.

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syrcleoftrees
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
I love halloween I love Fall also. I must say I have never read so much horror and fun things all rolled into one show!

you go lady!!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts. Fall and Halloween are my favorite times, too!
euclase
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I keep noticing your music tags on these posts, and they make me go hunting for stuff, and I've found some cool things as a result of the hunting, so ummmm I guess thank you? LOL.

(I've had Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums by A Perfect Circle in my head for three days, which isn't at all related, but it reminds me that you might like to add it to your Halloween collection if you don't already have it).

<3
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yay. You're most welcome! ;)

Thank you SO much for this song. It's fantastic! Great, ghoulish rhythm. It's definitely going in my Halloween playlist. *hugs*
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
That is amazing! (And it's James Kirk, to boot!) I find it fascinating to see how this was, in effect, sheared off right in the middle of the lettering. What a poignant photo.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! Girl Genius cracks me up. Great one!
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