October 17th, 2009

Halloween

Halloween Countdown, Day 17


Happy birthday to vulpine137! May you have a wonderful day and a terrific year to come.

* 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! I will post the results tomorrow.

* From SFFaudio: "Five Free Favorites: Halloween Edition," which lists recommendations for free audio horror programs, "all gruesomely awesome, which I hope will help whet your bloodthirsty appetite this Halloween season."

Spooky Text of the Day: Today's text is the poem "The Superstitious Ghost" by Arthur Guiterman (1871-1943).

I’m such a quiet little ghost,
Demure and inoffensive,
The other spirits say I’m most
Absurdly apprehensive.

Through all the merry hours of night
I’m uniformly cheerful;
I love the dark; but in the light,
I own I’m rather fearful.

Each dawn I cower down in bed,
In every brightness seeing,
That weird uncanny form of dread—
An awful Human Being!

Of course I’m told they can’t exist,
That Nature would not let them;
But Willy Spook, the Humanist,
Declares that he has met them!

He says they do not glide like us,
But walk in eerie paces;
They’re solid, not diaphanous,
With arms! and legs!! and faces!!!

And some are beggars, some are kings,
Some have and some are wanting,
They squander time in doing things,
Instead of simply haunting.

They talk of “art,” the horrid crew,
And things they call “ambitions.”
Oh, yes, I know as well as you
They’re only superstitions.

But should the dreadful day arrive
When, starting up, I see one,
I'm sure ’twill scare me quite alive;
And then—Oh, then I’ll be one!

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