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Halloween Countdown, Day 27

I've done several "special segments" in the past during my Halloween countdowns, and while I don't want to repeat myself, I'd like to point out a few favorites, for those who might have missed them:
* Remembering the graveyard of St. John's Episcopal Church in Providence, RI, where Lovecraft and Poe walked.
* You've heard of the "werewolves of London," but what about the "vampyres of Tulsa"?
* My tribute to L'Inconnue de la Seine ("the unknown woman of the Seine") and her "death mask."
* A celebration of Varney the Vampire.
* My retrospective on The Phantasmagoria.


This photo fascinates and chills me. I think it's the hollowness of the angel's eyes.

Engelsfigur auf dem Westfriedhof in Unna



Text of the Day: Today's text is the haunting short story "A Thousand Deaths" by Jack London (1876-1916).

Excerpt:
I had been in the water about an hour, and cold, exhausted, with a terrible cramp in my right calf, it seemed as though my hour had come. Fruitlessly struggling against the strong ebb tide, I had beheld the maddening procession of the water-front lights slip by, but now a gave up attempting to breast the stream and contended myself with the bitter thoughts of a wasted career, now drawing to a close.

Read the complete short story.

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agentxpndble
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
That angel is *totally* coming for the phone box... Ack!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
ACK! Don't blink!!!
agentxpndble
Oct. 27th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
PS, stuff finally in the mail to you.... Tie up Virgina so she doesn't savage the mailman. ;-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
Oh awesome! :D Thank you. Will do.
faramirgirl
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
It has been sometime. I have been so busy with school, but wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you. How are things going?

I hope that you have a great Halloween. I hope the boys send me pictures of the girls dressed up.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Oh, it's so great to hear from you! I've been thinking of you, too. Things are great here, and I hope they are with you, as well.

Happy Halloween to you and yours! I hope you get to post some pictures of the girls in costume. I'd love to see those. *hugs*
faramirgirl
Oct. 31st, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Well if the boys put some up I will post them. Did you see my new granddaughter I had posted some pictures of her.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Love those pictures!
darchildre
Oct. 27th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
...that angel is going to eat that kid.

Honestly, if not for the wings, I would swear that thing was the Corinthian's twin sister.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
...that angel is going to eat that kid.

Yes! That's it!

Honestly, if not for the wings, I would swear that thing was the Corinthian's twin sister.

Yikes! You make an excellent point.
cookiefleck
Oct. 27th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
The angel is very intimidating. It's fascinating how people imagine Heaven and angels... from sexualized pubescent rosy-cheeked cherubs... to this.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
It's fascinating how people imagine Heaven and angels... from sexualized pubescent rosy-cheeked cherubs... to this.

Yes! Isn't it, though? And this one... intimidating is a good word.
vyrdolak
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
It's a very Germanic looking angel, the folded wings look like those of an eagle from a coat of arms or battle standard.

agameofthree
Oct. 27th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
This photo fascinates and chills me. I think it's the hollowness of the angel's eyes.

I think it's the hair style. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
LOL! You have an excellent point there. ;)
ankh_hpl
Oct. 27th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Angel? Try Jazz Age she-demon, or at least a very dark seraph. Nice & chilling!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
Oh, well said!

I'm glad you find it chilling, too, whatever it is. ;)
dodger_winslow
Oct. 27th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
LOVE that photo. VERY creepy.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you think so, too. It gave me shivers!
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