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Happy Halloween, Day 22

My advice for your Monday: take a minute and carve a virtual pumpkin!

And now, on with the show...

Link of the Day: Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols Blog (This gorgeous blog explores the meaning of cemetery symbols and other graveyard mysteries. Don't miss it.)

Literature of the Day: This is a genuinely creepy short story that I love and highly recommend. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

“The Magic Shop”
by H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

It was a little, narrow shop, not very well lit, and the door-bell pinged again with a plaintive note as we closed it behind us. For a moment or so we were alone and could glance about us. There was a tiger in papier-mache on the glass case that covered the low counter—a grave, kind-eyed tiger that waggled his head in a methodical manner; there were several crystal spheres, a china hand holding magic cards, a stock of magic fish-bowls in various sizes, and an immodest magic hat that shamelessly displayed its springs. On the floor were magic mirrors; one to draw you out long and thin, one to swell your head and vanish your legs, and one to make you short and fat like a draught; and while we were laughing at these the shopman, as I suppose, came in.

At any rate, there he was behind the counter—a curious, sallow, dark man, with one ear larger than the other and a chin like the toe-cap of a boot.

"What can we have the pleasure?" he said, spreading his long, magic fingers on the glass case; and so with a start we were aware of him.

Read the complete short story here.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the virtual pumpkin link: I posted it on a friend's journal to great acclaim!

I always love your October posts, they cheer me up as term starts :-)
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm glad the virtual pumkin carving was a hit. :) Thanks for your kind words about my October posts!
Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Loved the virtual pumpkin, though I'm not very good at it. *g*

The story was satisfyingly chilling. Very glad it had a happy ending. Except we really don't know how things end, do we?
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, that virtual pumpkin carving takes some practice! LOL. I'm glad you found the story to be chilling, as I did. I particularly love the fact the ending remains rather ambiguous.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, as always for the cool, Halloweeny links:)
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
You're most welcome! Thanks for sharing my Halloweeny celebration with me. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
I like the virtual pumpkin.... It's quite fun... Thanks for the link.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it, too.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
The virtual pumpkin is *awesome*! LOL!

Thank you so much for the gravestone link! That will be *really* useful in my genealogy work.

And thanks for pimpin' the Man. ;-)
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the virtual pumpkin! :) And I'm pleased to hear that the gravestone link will be helpful. I'm always glad to pimp the Wells man. :)
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