October 16th, 2009


Halloween Countdown, Day 16

Thanks to everyone who took part in my poll about the greatest stars of classic horror cinema. The poll is still open, if you would like to weigh in with your vote!

Are you looking for some Halloween-related online fun for your Friday? Here are a few suggestions:

-- Go here to play The Creature Must Die!, the game in which you are Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Your goal is to bring the creature to life by harnessing the power of lightning to charge your machines and give three jolts of life-generating electricity to the creature. But you must first get a brain for the creature -- and you must do all of this while defending your laboratory against a mob of angry villagers.

-- Go here to play Halloween Hangman, complete with a skeleton who hurls insults at you.

-- Go here to use the Goth-O-Matic Poetry Generator and create your eerie masterpiece. You have your choice of darkly Gothic poem styles: Supernatural Violence and Horror, Feeling Very Sorry for Yourself, Fear of Religious Persecution, Eternal Love of Vampires, and The Black Abyss of Righteous Hatred. What's not to love?

Here's an award-winning short film (under five minutes!) that's ideal viewing if you wish to get into the Halloween mood. Spine-tingling fun! (Thanks to peadarog!) Enjoy He Dies at the End:

Spooky Text of the Day: Today's story is "The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost" (1902) by the great H.G. Wells.

"Yes. Well--" He pulled at his cigar for some little time as though he still hesitated about his confidence. Then he said, quite quietly, "I caught a ghost!"

"Caught a ghost, did you?" said Sanderson. "Where is it?"

And Evans, who admires Clayton immensely and has been four weeks in America, shouted, "Caught a ghost, did you, Clayton? I'm glad of it! Tell us all about it right now."

Clayton said he would in a minute, and asked him to shut the door.

He looked apologetically at me. "There's no eavesdropping of course, but we don't want to upset our very excellent service with any rumours of ghosts in the place. There's too much shadow and oak panelling to trifle with that. And this, you know, wasn't a regular ghost. I don't think it will come again--ever."

"You mean to say you didn't keep it?" said Sanderson.

"I hadn't the heart to," said Clayton.

Read the complete story here.
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