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Halloween Countdown, Day 6

I'm off to Portland, Maine for the next several days to participate in a scholarly colloquium on "Freedom, Empire, and Conflict in Two Greek Wars" (to the tune of Herodotus and Thucydides). But never fear! The countdown shall continue without interruption. And speaking of the countdown...

One of my favorite groups to listen to during the Halloween season is Nox Arcana. Whether you want music inspired by the Grimm Brothers, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft, or music inspired by pirates, vampires, and haunted houses, their albums are a perfect backdrop to October. You can listen to many of their songs at their website.

They have a new thematic album available for preorder, The Dark Tower. This is the "trailer" music video. Enjoy!

Text of the Day: Today's text is "The Lady Witch" by Jane Francesca Agnes, Lady Wilde (1821-1896).

About a hundred years ago there lived a woman in Joyce's Country, of whom all the neighbours were afraid, for she had always plenty of money, though no one knew how she came by it; and the best of eating and drinking went on at her house, chiefly at night -- meat and fowls and Spanish wines in plenty for all corners. And when people asked how it all came, she laughed and said, "I have paid for it," but would tell them no more.

So the word went through the country that she had sold herself to the Evil One, and could have everything she wanted by merely wishing and willing, and because of her riches they called her "The Lady Witch."

Read the complete story.


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Oct. 6th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
I love Nox Arcana's music. I listened to a couple of the songs on the new album and may just have to order it. :-)
Oct. 7th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
Another Nox Arcana fan! This does sound like a great album, doesn't it?
Oct. 6th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
to participate in a scholarly colloquium on "Freedom, Empire, and Conflict in Two Greek Wars" (to the tune of Herodotus and Thucydides)

You're always doing the coolest things! Have a good time.
Oct. 7th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I was fortunate to be invited to this. Thus far, it's fantastic.
Oct. 7th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
That sounds like a fascinating colloquium! Looking forward to hearing how it went. :-)

When you said to the tune of Herodotus and Thucydides it reminded me of a performance I saw that was *literally* to the tune of Thucydides! It was a musical piece called "The History of the Peleponnesian War" by a group called Athens v. Sparta. I've never seen anything quite like it, before or since. In case you haven't come across them before, they have a website which includes a download link where you can get the music (which is sort of Goth-ish and includes spoken passages drawn directly from the text) for free at http://www.athensvsparta.com/wordpress/index.php/music/

Speaking of music, I'd never heard of Nox Arcana, and now I'm looking forward to checking them out! Many thanks for the rec. ♥ ♥
Oct. 7th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! So far, it's been brilliant.

I am beside myself with glee over this information about Athens v. Sparta. They were totally off my radar. I can't wait to explore this more. Thanks a million for the rec and the link!

And happy Nox Arcana listening. :) I'm especially fond of their Necronomicon, as I'm a Lovecraft junkie, and Winter's Knight, which may be their most beautiful album.

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