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6 Days Until Halloween

Happy Monday! It's our last Monday of the countdown. How quickly the month passes.

First, here's your spooky picture for the day.

Cemetery in October Snow



Next, for your Monday enjoyment, I recommend a visit to Rebecca's Realm, a wonderful collection of Gothic cartoons that, as you can see, capture the Halloween spirit.

rebeccas realm Pictures, Images and Photos



Text of the Day: Now here's a truly frightening piece of fiction: the short story "The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Leiber (1910-1992). This tale might be scarier today, in fact, than when it was written. I think you'll see what I mean.

Teaser:
On the scarred black tabletop was a dully gleaming silvery object about the size and shape of a cupped hand with fingers merging. A tiny pellet on a short near-invisible wire led off from it. On the back was a punctured area suggesting the face of a microphone; there was also a window with a date and time in hours and minutes showing through and next to that four little buttons in a row. The concave underside of the silvery “hand” was smooth except for a central area where what looked like two little rollers came through.

“It goes on your shoulder under your shirt,” Fay explained, “and you tuck the pellet in your ear. We might work up bone conduction on a commercial model."

Read the complete story here.
Listen to an unabridged reading of the story here via Maria Lectrix.

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wellinghall
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
Good grief, it can only be 6.30 am over there!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed. And I've already been up an hour. Today's the start of Harry Potter Fest week, and I have an academic talk to give in less than three hours. No rest for the wicked, as they say! ;) Happy Monday.
muuranker
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
I have something to bring to the party!

http://lowlands-l.net/crypt/scott.php

tomorrow (or some day) I will bring biscuits. You will think they are cookies.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 26th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I love it. :) Thanks for sharing!
byslantedlight
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pic today, and I've been meaning to say for ages that I'm thoroughly enjoying your posts, as usual, even if I don't seem to manage to comment... Thank you, in case I forget to say it again and more often!
peadarog
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
ditto... ditto... and ditto.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm glad to hear it. :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
I'm so thrilled you're enjoying the posts. Thank you for your kind words! :)
reynardine
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
That picture is gorgeous. Very haunting!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Isn't it amazing? I'm glad you like it, too.
st_crispins
Oct. 25th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
love the cartoon!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
LOL! I thought you might. :)
travels_in_time
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I love that picture. It's the exact image for a fic I had in mind. Which I will probably never write, because I am like that, but it makes me happy to see the pic anyway. *g*

ETA: And I read the story. Eeeeek! It's the Crackberry on steroids!

Edited at 2010-10-25 01:17 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that picture worked for you!

And I read the story. Eeeeek! It's the Crackberry on steroids!

Yes, exactly! Well put. Isn't it creepy?
gamgeefest
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
That picture is stunning! What a lovely shade of red, made all the more brilliant against the stone and snow.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
I thought so, too. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
lizziebelle
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I love that picture! I wish I had taken it. *g*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
LOL! Me, too. Though you have some seriously gorgeous ones. I plan to use another one of yours tomorrow, as a matter of fact, if that's okay. ;)
lizziebelle
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
That's perfectly OK! I'm honored that you use my pix. :)
mamomo
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ditto everyone on that photography. So pretty!

I can't want to find time to read today's spooky text.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
That photo really blew me away.

I hope you enjoy the story!
agentxpndble
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
What a GORGEOUS picture!!! Wow, it's got *everything* but Yul Brenner!
mguibord
Oct. 25th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Another lovely post! That picture looks too stunning to be real!
I'm going to save the story for a bit later...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it! I thought it was amazing.

Oh, and thanks for getting "One Night in Bangkok" stuck in my head. LOL!
gloriana
Oct. 26th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
That first picture has me - drooling is an underestimate of how much I love that.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
LOL! You and me both.
thehornedgod
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Gorgeous picture. It's the contrast, the leaves splashing across the snow like blood.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I agree. It's breathtaking. I'm so glad you like it, too!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Oct. 26th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Beautiful! Not spooky. Well, maybe a little spooky because of the redness on those headstones.

I love bats!! They're my second favorite animal. :)

Gotta go read the text now...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Bats are awesome. :)

Hope you like the story!
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