October 5th, 2008


Halloween Countdown, Day 5

Happy birthday to geekqueen. May you have a fantastic day and a wonderful year to come!

LINK OF THE DAY: Today's link is Library Ghost, a site featuring three live, 24-hour-a-day camera views inside a "haunted library" in Evansville, Indiana. The Willard Library "ghost cams" were inspired by this question: "Is Willard Library haunted?" It has become a fascinating, and somewhat credible, legend that drives thousands of people to search the library for remnants of lost spirits. The site is a virtual ghost hunting mecca. Take a virtual tour of the library with Greg Hager, Willard Library Director, and see if you can catch the "Grey Lady Ghost" in the Victorian Gothic building of the Willard Library! (Thanks to The Sage in Bloom for the recommendation.)

LITERATURE OF THE DAY: Our tour of H.P. Lovecraft's favorite spooky short stories continues! Today's reading is "The Death of Halpin Frayser" by Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?).

Excerpt from "The Death of Halpin Frayser" by Ambrose Bierce:
The apparition confronting the dreamer in the haunted wood - the thing so like, yet so unlike, his mother - was horrible! It stirred no love nor longings in his heart; it came unattended with pleasant memories of a golden past - inspired no sentiment of any kind; all the finer emotions were swallowed up in fear. He tried to turn and run from before it, but his legs were as lead; he was unable to lift his feet from the ground. His arms hung helpless at his sides; of his eyes only he retained control, and these he dared not remove from the lustreless orbs of the apparition, which he knew was not a soul without a body, but that most dreadful of all existences infesting that haunted wood - a body without a soul! In its blank stare was neither love, nor pity, nor intelligence - nothing to which to address an appeal for mercy.

Read the complete story.
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