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Halloween Countdown, Day 30

Tomorrow is the big day, my friends!

Don't forget to check out the comments here in response to my poll about favorite spooky poetry. My friends have great taste, and there are some wonderfully haunting verses posted.

If you're looking for some appropriate holiday listening, the latest episode of StarShipSofa features Mike Allen's (time_shark)'s post-apocalyptic Lovecraftian Mythos tale "Her Acres of Pastoral Playground" (originally published in 2010's Cthulhu's Reign) as well as an interview with the author.


Here's another great photo from the brilliant lizziebelle:

<starry eyed


Text of the Day: Today's story is "Man-Sized in Marble" (1893) by E. Nesbit (1858-1924).

Excerpt:
Although every word of this story is as true as despair, I do not expect people to believe it. Nowadays a "rational explanation" is required before belief is possible. Let me then, at once, offer the "rational explanation" which finds most favour among those who have heard the tale of my life's tragedy. It is held that we were "under a delusion," Laura and I, on that 31st of October; and that this supposition places the whole matter on a satisfactory and believable basis. The reader can judge, when he, too, has heard my story, how far this is an "explanation," and in what sense it is "rational." There were three who took part in this: Laura and I and another man. The other man still lives, and can speak to the truth of the least credible part of my story.

Read the complete short story.

Comments

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lizziebelle
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Aww, *blush*. Thank you!

That was taken in a cemetery. I love the local custom of leaving pumpkins on graves. :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
That was taken in a cemetery. I love the local custom of leaving pumpkins on graves. :)

I love that!
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
I agree. It really is an incredibly poignant story!
time_shark
Oct. 30th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the shout-out!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
My pleasure! Thanks for being awesome. :)
agentxpndble
Oct. 31st, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
FAVORITE. STORY. EVAH. I've read it a hundred times and it *still* makes me shiver!
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