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

To those of you who have shared goodies with me through email or snailmail or other means, thank you so very much for making the holiday extra-special for me!!!


(Source: Evil Supply Co.)


Everyone, 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!



Now for the grand finale. What can I say? This is my favorite for every Halloween. 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.

Comments

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jan_u_wine
Oct. 31st, 2016 11:35 am (UTC)
(it's funny, but I think of the word "suburb" as a term more modern than Lovecraft's day....)

A perfect and crowning jewel (blood-ruby perhaps?) to your horror-salute.

What a project and what a triumph of terror!

Thank you (and don't overdose on those brains. I hear a brain-hang-over can only be cured by nightshade......)

eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:35 pm (UTC)
(and don't overdose on those brains. I hear a brain-hang-over can only be cured by nightshade......)

HA!

Thank *you*, my friend, for making my October so special. I hope you had a glorious Halloween!
jan_u_wine
Nov. 2nd, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
thank *you*.......

Inspired by your collection, I wrote a triste trio...

of course, having to work on the day takes the bloom off that dark rose a bit....

hope yours was great!
morfin
Oct. 31st, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
And once again, thank-you for a wonderful month of posts :)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank *you*! I hope you had a fantastic Halloween!
Ace Hamilton
Oct. 31st, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for making October wonderful (in multiple senses of the word) again! Can't tell you how much I appreciate it, and I know I am not alone in that.

Now I have to get ready for the Nov. 1 withdrawal symptoms.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank *you* for sharing the month with me! I hope your November is off to a terrific start.
internet_sampo
Oct. 31st, 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)
I love that poem! And not just because Lovecraft wrote it.

Thanks for the 31 wonderful posts!

eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
Wonderful image!

I hope you had a fantastic Halloween.
lizziebelle
Oct. 31st, 2016 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the journey! Always enjoyable. Happy Halloween!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Thank *you*! I hope you had a spooktacular Halloween.
homespunheart
Oct. 31st, 2016 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the wonderful Halloween Countdown! I enjoyed every day of it! It's one of my favorite parts of October! And a perfect ending with Lovecraft! Happy Halloween!!!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for sharing the month with me! :D
acciochocolate
Oct. 31st, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Halloween Countdown Day 31: HPL poem
Thanks for the wild ride! Enjoy Halloween!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Halloween Countdown Day 31: HPL poem
Thank *you*! I hope you had a grand one!
ankh_hpl
Oct. 31st, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for another great month of October posts! I love the dark hope in the last 2 stanzas of that poem, don't you?
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:38 pm (UTC)
I do, indeed!

I hope you had a fantastic Halloween.
sittingduck1313
Oct. 31st, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
Two things to remember if you participate in one of those trunk-or-treating events. First, do not use a windowless van. Second, do not dress as a clown.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:38 pm (UTC)
Ha! So true. And don't go with those who do!

I hope you had a great one.
Abbie Culbertson
Nov. 1st, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween, everybody!!!!!!!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! :D :D :D
reynardine
Nov. 1st, 2016 12:48 pm (UTC)
As always, thank you again for doing this. I wasn't able to follow as closely as usual (real life went crazy this month), but it was a wonderful treat last night to go through the posts and wallow in Halloween goodness!

Happy Halloween!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was my pleasure! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you had a splendid Halloween.
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