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And now, on with the show:
Links of the Day: Here are two bands who produce wonderful, chilling, Halloween-appropriate music. You can listen to samples from their albums as you explore their websites.
* Nox Arcana ("Music from the Shadows")
* Midnight Syndicate ("Gothic Nightmare Soundtracks")
Literature of the Day: I hope this classic ghost story gives you thrills and chills.
"What Was It?"
by Fitz-James O'Brien (1828-1862)
It is, I confess, with considerable diffidence, that I approach the strange narrative which I am about to relate. The events which I purpose detailing are of so extraordinary a character that I am quite prepared to meet with an unusual amount of incredulity and scorn. I accept all such beforehand. I have, I trust, the literary courage to face unbelief. I have, after mature consideration resolved to narrate, in as simple and straightforward a manner as I can compass, some facts that passed under my observation, in the month of July last, and which, in the annals of the mysteries of physical science, are wholly unparalleled.
I live at No.—Twenty-sixth Street, in New York. The house is in some respects a curious one. It has enjoyed for the last two years the reputation of being haunted. It is a large and stately residence, surrounded by what was once a garden, but which is now only a green enclosure used for bleaching clothes. The dry basin of what has been a fountain, and a few fruit trees ragged and unpruned, indicate that this spot in past days was a pleasant, shady retreat, filled with fruits and flowers and the sweet murmur of waters.
Read the complete short story here.