Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis
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"I started from my sleep with horror"

magicwondershow is making Halloween posts this month, as is fungus_files. Check out their LJs for more seasonal spookiness!

Here's some meme fun:


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You will go trick-or-treating with:



Where?
At Hogwarts.
What will happen?
You will start having visions of the future and then get your own day time T.V. show (which will beat out Dr. Phil in ratings).
Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com
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And now, here is an excerpt from the third scariest book of all time (according to the Edmonton Journal), which also happens to be one of the pioneering works of modern science fiction:

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.


- from Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818)

Read the novel at Project Gutenberg.
Read the novel at Literature.org.
Tags: halloween, mary shelley
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