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Want to read about "haunted places" near you? Look up your location at The Haunted Places Index. (Thanks to dannyboy8406 for the link.)

Another Halloween quiz:

You are a dark chocolate cat! You are dark,
mysterious but once a person gets to know you,
they realize how sweet you are.
What Halloween Food are You?
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Today's text was inspired by a 1513 engraving by Albert Durer depicting a knight with the Devil and Death (see a picture here). In 1815, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué (the author of The Magic Ring) wrote the Gothic story "Sintram and His Companions" about this knight and his two pursuers. Here is an excerpt that describes how Sintram meets one of his soon-to-be companions:

He had not ridden far, in company with his old attendant, when he heard a strange indistinct sound proceeding from a neighbouring cleft in the rock; it was partly like the clapper of a small mill, but mingled with that were hollow groans and other tones of distress. Thither they turned their horses, and a wonderful sight showed itself to them.

A tall man, deadly pale, in a pilgrim's garb, was striving with violent though unsuccessful efforts, to work his way out of the snow and to climb up the mountain; and thereby a quantity of bones, which were hanging loosely all about his garments, rattled one against the other, and caused the mysterious sound already mentioned. Rolf, much terrified, crossed himself, while the bold Sintram called out to the stranger, "What art thou doing there? Give an account of thy solitary labours."

"I live in death," replied that other one with a fearful grin.

"Whose are those bones on thy clothes?"

"They are relics, young sir."

"Art thou a pilgrim?"

"Restless, quietless, I wander up and down."

"Thou must not perish here in the snow before my eyes."

"That I will not."

- from "Sintram and His Companions" by the Baron de la Motte Fouqué

Read "Sintram and His Companions" at Project Gutenberg.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
You are so totally a dark chocolate kitty. Wonder what Virginia thinks about that... hmmm?

PS: Once upon a time, I sketched a scene from Sintram for my Illustration class at uni. Alas, I no longer have the resulting illo (it's probably gathering dust in some locker in the art building), but I recall doing all kinds of research on learning how to draw human bones for it. And this is precisely why I love your posts. Because they remind me of all this cool shit.

*feels so glowy-nostalgic* :D
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I would love to see that drawing! I bet it was fabulous. It's so much fun to find all of these connections with you.

By the way, I'm having my morning coffee in my brand new pirate's treasure map mug. Squee!
Oct. 19th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
ooooh, thank you for the haunted places index! :D it's made me very interested in all the (creepy) louisiana history all of a sudden. <3
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm so glad it's of interest. :)
Oct. 19th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
eeee! i don't mean to spam, but they have a place i've been to at the haunted places index! :O "old gravel road" in lake charles! that is so nifty. :D it was honestly one of the scariest things that has ever happened to me - now i want to ask my friends to recount it for me, and maybe i can type it up as a "ghost story" for halloween! so excited. <3
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - how cool is this? I really hope you do. It would be great to read about your experience!
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
I LOVE the quizzes!!
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! I have another one up for you today. I love your icon, by the way!
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