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Halloween Countdown, Day 25

Thanks to everyone who took part in yesterday's poll. If you haven't and you'd like to do so, please do! I invite everyone to read the terrific answers thus far.


Check out these photos from the new book Haunted Air, which chronicles Halloweens from 1875 to 1955 with remarkable (and eerie!) pictures. What fantastic atmosphere in these amazing photos! David Lynch wrote the introduction and Geoff Cox the afterword. What's not to love? (Thanks to wellinghall.)


Always tactful, is our someecards:

someecards.com - May your dead loved ones come back as amicable spirits rather than flesh-eating zombies.


Now, I must return to an old favorite (an annual tradition, even!): a very spooky U.K. Public Information Film from 1973 meant to warn children about the dangers of playing near water. I think it is worthy of repeated viewings, especially during the Halloween season. The creepy narration by Donald Pleasence and the Grim Reaper-esque appearance of "The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water" make this - to my mind at least - a horror classic in its own right. Remember: he'll be back...



Text of the Day: Today's short story is "Each Man Kills" by Victoria Glad, which originally appeared in the March 1951 issue of Weird Tales.

Excerpt:
Now that it's all over, it seems like a bad dream. But when I look at Maria's picture on my desk, I realize it couldn't have been a dream. Actually, it was only six months ago that I sat at this same desk, looking at her picture, wondering what could have happened to her. It had been six weeks since there had been any word from her, and she had promised to write as soon as she arrived in Europe. Considering that my future rested in her small hands, I had every right to be apprehensive.

Read the complete short story.

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lizziebelle
Oct. 25th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, that video is really bizarre! I can imagine that scarring kids for life. *g*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 26th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Seriously!
divadiane1
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Never mind the kids, I'M traumatized! Very creepy! Thanks for sharing!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 26th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
LOL - I know what you mean! And you're most welcome. *g*
wellinghall
Oct. 25th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
I can just about remember that film ...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 26th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
*shivers*
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