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FYI, fans of The Professionals and John Castle: I have updated my Crazy Tommy Recommendation List yet again, this time to include the wonderful new story "Lost Souls" by przed. Don't miss it!


Another Halloween quiz, to show the Bela Lugosi love:

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You're a vampire. And you like it.
Which Popular Halloween Monster Are you?
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And now the quote for the day, the passage from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus in which Dr. Frankenstein reacts to his new creation.

Teaser:
Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived.



The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep. At length lassitude succeeded to the tumult I had before endured; and I threw myself on the bed in my clothes, endeavouring to seek a few moments of forgetfulness. But it was in vain: I slept, indeed, but I was disturbed by the wildest dreams. I thought I saw Elizabeth, in the bloom of health, walking in the streets of Ingolstadt. Delighted and surprised, I embraced her; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel. I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb became convulsed: when, by the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the window shutters, I beheld the wretch -- the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped, and rushed down stairs. I took refuge in the courtyard belonging to the house which I inhabited; where I remained during the rest of the night, walking up and down in the greatest agitation, listening attentively, catching and fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach of the demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life.

Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived.

I passed the night wretchedly. Sometimes my pulse beat so quickly and hardly that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness. Mingled with this horror, I felt the bitterness of disappointment; dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me; and the change was so rapid, the overthrow so complete!

Morning, dismal and wet, at length dawned, and discovered to my sleepless and aching eyes the church of Ingolstadt, its white steeple and clock, which indicated the sixth hour. The porter opened the gates of the court, which had that night been my asylum, and I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if I sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view. I did not dare return to the apartment which I inhabited, but felt impelled to hurry on, although drenched by the rain which poured from a black and comfortless sky.

I continued walking in this manner for some time, endeavouring, by bodily exercise, to ease the load that weighed upon my mind. I traversed the streets, without any clear conception of where I was, or what I was doing. My heart palpitated in the sickness of fear; and I hurried on with irregular steps, not daring to look about me:--

"Like one who, on a lonely road, Doth walk in fear and dread, And, having once turned round, walks on, And turns no more his head; Because he knows a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread." [Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner"]

from Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

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sneezythesquid
Oct. 13th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
So how do you like being one of the Fang Gang? ;)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
LOL! ;)
clara_posts
Oct. 13th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Argh!! I did that very section of Frankenstein with my students last night!!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - what a coincidence! I wish I were sitting in on the class.
primsong
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
While walking around a nearby neighborhood yesterday I went past a house that had been completely done up for Halloween - ghouls hanging from the eaves, fake tombstones, a tall spectre on the porch... right down to the yard all lined with alternating black and orange lights. I immediately thought of you, of course! :-D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ha! I love it! :) ((((Prim))))
wildviolet4
Oct. 14th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
Popular Halloween Monster Quiz
I love the quizzes ... they're so much fun.

Ok, so I'm a witch. ("You can be cruel and kind. And you like it.")
It was the cooking questions that eventually did me in, you know!
Hansel and Gretel look out!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Popular Halloween Monster Quiz
I'm with you - the quizzes crack me up. As for Hansel and Gretel, that puts a whole new spin on the idea of "having the kids over for dinner"! *wink*
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