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4 Days Until Halloween

Let's kick things off with some Halloween-related links:
* On Halloween day, Dark Fiction Magazine will be launching a monthly magazine of audio short stories.
* From GalleyCat: "Powell's Books to Sell 7,000 Books from Private Library of Anne Rice."
* From Top Tenz: "Top Ten Funny Zombie Movie Moments."
* From Topless Robot: "Twenty Awesome Horror Anthology Movies."

Here is an atmospheric picture for your Wednesday. I find it beautiful and haunting and otherworldly, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

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Thanks to Someecards for putting things in perspective.

someecards.com - In the interest of fighting the childhood obesity epidemic, I've decided to eat all the Halloween candy I bought



Text of the Day: I present "Haunted!" by Isabella Banks (1821-1897). May it give you a chill!

And so, it is said, you are haunted!
My friend, we are haunted all;
And every homestead holds a ghost
That ever has held a pall.

Do you think that the empty cradle
Has never a ghost within?
Or the unused nursery table
Hears never a ghostly din?


Think you there is never a patter
Of unseen feet on the floor?
Or that never a voiceless clamour
Floats in through the garden door?

Is there ever a maid or widow
Whose love lies under a stone,
Who holds not a ghost to her aching heart,
To cherish and call her own?

Is there ever a grey-haired beauty
Looks not in her glass to see,
No time-worn face, but the phantom form
Of the belle she was wont to be?

Was there ever a wretch abandoned,
A waif from the hour of birth,
Whose unknown mother was not to him
A ghost on the dreary earth?

Could there ever be man or woman,
Facing through lane or street,
Who could not extend an open hand
Some shadowy friend to greet?

Could there ever be man or woman
So lonely and loveless through life,
Was never haunted by kith or kin,
Spirit of peace or strife?

Could there ever be human being
With heart so narrow and small
That never a ghost could hide therein,
To waken at Memory's call?

There are some with vision beclouded
Who see not all that they might;
And some, of a finer essence born,
Who see with the inner sight.

To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth.

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sittingduck1313
Oct. 27th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
But if you attempt to fight the Childhood Obesity Epidemic on Halloween, you just contribute to the Childhood Vandalism Epidemic.

natevandal
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
LOL! If it isn't one thing, it's another. ;)
tudorpumpkin
Oct. 27th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
"One need not be a chamber to be haunted, One need not be a house; The brain has corridors surpassing Material place." -- Emily Dickinson, 1862

Wonderful post!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
reynardine
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
7,000 books?? I want 7,000 books in my library...

Someday, when I'm rich, I'm going to have a house just for my books, kinda like what Guillermo del Toro has!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
*drools*
agentxpndble
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Every year I buy two bags of Almond Joys and a bag of cheap candy, thinking I'll give the good candy out and have the cheap for backup in case there is a rush... Do you think an Almond Joy has *ever* crossed my threshold twice? :)))
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
LOL!
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