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Halloween Countdown - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The day is here, my friends! We made it! Happy Halloween, Happy Samhain, and (slightly early) Happy Día de los Muertos!

Thank you so much for joining me in my month-long holiday celebration. I truly hope you've enjoyed it. I have!

Please stop by, grab a virtual latte or cider or hot cocoa, a candied apple or some roasted pumpkin seeds, or even a goblet of blood and a plate of brains, and say hello!

Halloween Skeleton


Happy birthday to greenhoodloxley, and happy early birthday to ithiliana, amedia, madkestrel, crackferret, thaisa, actourdreams, tlg2009, coppervale, riandarcy, st_crispins, adamantrealm, sneezythesquid, bibliotrope, crazywritergirl, rymfireebooks, and darchildre. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

Crowie Halloween Tea Party


And now, for the grand finale. What can I say? This is my favorite. I hope you enjoy "Hallowe'en in a Suburb" by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).

The steeples are white in the wild moonlight,
And the trees have a silver glare;
Past the chimneys high see the vampires fly,
And the harpies of upper air,
That flutter and laugh and stare.

For the village dead to the moon outspread
Never shone in the sunset's gleam,
But grew out of the deep that the dead years keep
Where the rivers of madness stream
Down the gulfs to a pit of dream.

A chill wind weaves through the rows of sheaves
In the meadows that shimmer pale,
And comes to twine where the headstones shine
And the ghouls of the churchyard wail
For harvests that fly and fail.

Not a breath of the strange grey gods of change
That tore from the past its own
Can quicken this hour, when a spectral power
Spreads sleep o'er the cosmic throne,
And looses the vast unknown.

So here again stretch the vale and plain
That moons long-forgotten saw,
And the dead leap gay in the pallid ray,
Sprung out of the tomb's black maw
To shake all the world with awe.

And all that the morn shall greet forlorn,
The ugliness and the pest
Of rows where thick rise the stones and brick,
Shall some day be with the rest,
And brood with the shades unblest.

Then wild in the dark let the lemurs bark,
And the leprous spires ascend;
For new and old alike in the fold
Of horror and death are penned,
For the hounds of Time to rend.

Jack-o'-lanterns

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jan_u_wine
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
what an absolutely wonderful finale to a frighteningly wonderful series! Thank you so very much. It's been a terrific ride, clinging to the dark coat-tails of the Sturgis Headless Horseman!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! :D I'm grateful to you for sharing this ride with me. LOL!
jan_u_wine
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
the thankfulness is all mine. What a lot of care you put into these posts, each a little blood jewel of terror. Thank you again!
homespunheart
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
A Lovecraftian finale, how perfect!! Thank you for a chilling and thrilling month! And a happy Halloween to you!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you for joining me! It's been so much fun sharing it with you. Happy Halloween! *hugs*
internet_sampo
Oct. 31st, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed this month's posts! Thanks!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so pleased to hear it! Thank you for reading. Happy Halloween!
morfin
Oct. 31st, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank-you VERY much for this yearly effort. It really makes my month to begin every morning eagerly looking to see what you've dug up :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, this puts a huge grin on my face. Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your October with me! :D Happy Halloween!
Caffeinated Joe
Oct. 31st, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
And to you, too! :D
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm delighted you enjoyed it.

That reading of Goodnight, Moon is brilliant. A horror story, indeed!!! Thanks a million for the link. Perfect for Halloween night. :D
reynardine
Oct. 31st, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! Thanks for the great countdown this year!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! My pleasure. Happy Halloween to you, too!
sittingduck1313
Oct. 31st, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Halloween related, I recently learned of this Kickstarter for a game called Shadows of Brimstone from Flying Frog Productions. It's described as a Wild West horror dungeon crawl board game. Since I like my Westerns with a heaping side order of weird, I was in. Of course, it's already funded out the wazoo, but perhaps others visiting here would be interested in getting a piece.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1034852783/shadows-of-brimstone
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! And thanks so much for the heads up re: this Kickstarter. Very apropos for the holiday!
febobe
Oct. 31st, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! Am I thinking your birthday is today? I can't be certain, but I seem to think your birthday is on Halloween. If so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! <3

You always make the month leading up to Halloween so much fun. Thank you, dear friend, for all you do. <3

Love,
Febobe :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so delighted you enjoyed this countdown. Thank you for sharing this month with me, m'dear! :D

My birthday's actually in late November, but Halloween feels more like "my" celebration to me, LOL. So I'm tickled you'd associate me with it. *hugs* Thanks! Love to you.
gilda_elise
Oct. 31st, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks yet again for a wonderful ride toward Halloween! I look forward to it each year, and each year you don't disappoint. And what a way to go out, Lovecraft at his finest.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Aw, it's been my pleasure! Thanks so much for your kind words. It's been a treat sharing this with you. :D
splix
Oct. 31st, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Excellent cap to a fantastic month of posts. Thank you so much for sharing! :D
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm delighted you enjoyed it! Thanks so much. Happy Halloween! :D
agameofthree
Oct. 31st, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Loved the countdown! Thanks for doing it again this year. :)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm so tickled you liked it! It's been great fun. Thanks so much for sharing this month with me. Happy Halloween! :D
equusentric
Oct. 31st, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for making this month so much fun. ♥
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! It's been a joy sharing my favorite month with you. :D
peadarog
Oct. 31st, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Hallowe'en to you too :)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Yay! :D Thanks!
Abbie Culbertson
Oct. 31st, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Happy HalloWEEeeeen!!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
WEEEEEEEEE!!! Thank you. :D And to you, too, my friend!
byslantedlight
Oct. 31st, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for another fab October, I've really enjoyed it, even though I'm rubbish at commenting as you go to say so. And I like "Hallowe'en in a Suburb" very much! Happy Halloween!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the countdown, and especially "Hallowe'en in a Suburb"! Your icon is beautiful (as well as wonderfully appropriate). :D Happy Halloween!
gryphonrhi
Oct. 31st, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for everything! And I don't know if you follow Tanya Huff, but if not, she posted a short story today: http://andpuff.livejournal.com/226939.html
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
My pleasure! It's been great fun. And oooh, thanks so much for the link - perfect for Halloween night reading!
rossart1
Oct. 31st, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
Joy All Hallows Eve
thanks to Amy and family, and to all who traveled with us as commenters all month. have a safe day and don't walk in the shadows...
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: Joy All Hallows Eve
Thank you! It's been great fun. May you have a spooktacular holiday!
lizziebelle
Oct. 31st, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! Thank you for once again entertaining us on the way here. :)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
And to you, too! It's been a treat. Thanks for joining me!
witchcat07
Nov. 1st, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Yay! Happy Halloween! Have you tried the McDonald's pumpkin spice lattes yet? They have a nicer flavor than those from Starbucks.

Edited at 2013-11-01 01:32 am (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! I've got to say, McDonald's totally surprised me with that one. My expectations were low, but it's delicious!
xjenavivex
Nov. 1st, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween. Thank you for a wonderful count down.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it. I had a great deal of fun. Thanks for letting me share it with you!
greenhoodloxley
Nov. 2nd, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *munches happily on candied apple* And once again thank you for doing the Halloween countdown posts! I love seeing them every year. :)
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