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Happy Halloween!!!

The day is here, my friends! Happy Halloween, Happy Samhain, and (slightly early) Happy Día de los Muertos!

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And happy birthday to greenhoodloxley, as well! :D May you have a fantastic day.

Thank you for joining me in my month-long holiday celebration. I truly hope you've enjoyed it. If you want to catch up on anything you missed, you can read all of this year's Halloween posts by clicking here.

And now, on with the show...

Link of the Day: HorrorMasters.com Literary Archive (This is the best place to go online to read spooky literature. It's an ideal spot to find poetry and short stories for your Halloween reading.)

Literature of the Day: I think this is a very appropriate poem to kick off your Halloween.

"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.



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Oct. 31st, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, you weren't kidding about the link. There's so much there! And it's no wonder I was never able to find "August Heat." It's not be Algernon Blackwood, it's by W. F. Harvey. But I've downloaded it and it'll be my reading for today, taking time away from Dan Simmons' "Terror."

Happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you found the story! I haven't read that one, so now I must. :) Isn't that an amazing archive? Have a very happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oo, that poem was lovely and shivery.

Thank you!:)
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked the poem! Happy birthday and happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
You've outdone yourself! Happy Halloween, my dear!
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) Happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
LOL! We are *so* on the same wavelength... I *just* posted with a vintage card and have a link to a story at the horror archive! :)))

OMG, I totally didn't know it was greenhoodloxley's B-day! Happy Birthday, sweetie!
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
LOL! I think we must live on the same wavelength. :) Thanks for your wonderful post, by the way! And happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! Did you get my Halloween package yet?
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I just got your package this afternoon - thank you so much! It looks wonderful. I can't wait to read it. I cracked up, reading the description on the back. It's so clever that you share his name! Thank you for your thoughtfulness. And Happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween to you, and thank you again for all the lovely posts this month!
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! It's great fun to share. :) Thank you for reading the posts, and for your kind words. Happy halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween to you too!!!
What an amazing month of lovely posts from you. This has been such a pleasure to read each day. The links were fabulous (I Have bookmarked most of them!!) and I printed out the poems to read each night by candlelight.
Thank you so much for doing this!!!

Oct. 31st, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Halloween to you too!!!
That makes me so happy, Rebecca! Thanks so much for reading the posts. It's been so much fun to share all these things. :) I hope you have a marvelous Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! :-)
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And the same to you. :)
Oct. 31st, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
What a great site! I've added it to del.icio.us because at the moment my brain is too foggy to read much at length.

I've never read this poem; in fact, I don't think I've read any of Lovecraft's poetry. I'll have to rectify this ASAP. Even more than his stories, the poems (this one, at least) shows the roots from where King and Gaiman (and a bunch of others, I'm sure) got a lot of their inspiration.
Nov. 1st, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
Isn't it an amazing archive? I'm glad the link is useful to you.

I really like HPL's poetry - and I think you're quite right about the connection between his poems and writers such as King and Gaiman.

Oct. 31st, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the links etc. I've been very impressed by everything you've put up for us to read or view.

Have a great evening
Nov. 1st, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the posts. I hope you had a very happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Happy halloween - I've been thoroughly enjoying your posts this month, thank you so much!
Nov. 1st, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the posts. It was great fun to share. I hope you had a very happy Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
The Horror Masters has an entire werewolf section!!!! I'll have to read all of them
Nov. 1st, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Yay! Isn't it a fun archive? Happy werewolf-ing! I hope you had a very happy Halloween.
Nov. 1st, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween!
Nov. 1st, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Halloween!
Thank you so much! I hope you had a very happy Halloween!
Nov. 1st, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for doing the halloween links each day. I really enjoyed them and will miss them!
Nov. 1st, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Thanks! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the posts. It was great fun to share all those goodies.
Nov. 1st, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween!

Lovecraft was a perfect choice to spend it with!
Nov. 1st, 2007 10:58 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you think so! I just couldn't have Halloween without HPL. I hope you had a happy Halloween.
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