October 4th, 2006

Dracula/Gorey

"his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury"

First, links to some fascinatingly atmospheric and evocative places:
Derelict London: Cemeteries and Graveyards
Kensal Green Cemetery, London
All Souls Kensal Green
Underground Paris: A Virtual Tour
WebMuseum, Paris: The Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris (Wikipedia)

Second, a meme:
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And now, here is an excerpt from the second scariest book of all time (according to the Edmonton Journal):

I only slept a few hours when I went to bed, and feeling that I could not sleep any more, got up. I had hung my shaving glass by the window, and was just beginning to shave. Suddenly I felt a hand on my shoulder, and heard the Count's voice saying to me, "Good morning." I started, for it amazed me that I had not seen him, since the reflection of the glass covered the whole room behind me. In starting I had cut myself slightly, but did not notice it at the moment. Having answered the Count's salutation, I turned to the glass again to see how I had been mistaken. This time there could be no error, for the man was close to me, and I could see him over my shoulder. But there was no reflection of him in the mirror! The whole room behind me was displayed, but there was no sign of a man in it, except myself.

This was startling, and coming on the top of so many strange things, was beginning to increase that vague feeling of uneasiness which I always have when the Count is near. But at the instant I saw the the cut had bled a little, and the blood was trickling over my chin. I laid down the razor, turning as I did so half round to look for some sticking plaster. When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix. It made an instant change in him, for the fury passed so quickly that I could hardly believe that it was ever there.

"Take care," he said, "take care how you cut yourself. It is more dangerous that you think in this country."


- from Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

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