October 27th, 2012


Halloween Countdown, Day 27

Huge thanks to everyone at The McConnell Center and the University of Louisville community for the very warm welcome! I had a fantastic time as a speaker and guest on the campus.

From io9: "The 55 Scariest Moments from Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies." (Thanks to wellinghall.)

And now, perfect for the Halloween season, here's a great video set to Neil Gaiman's brilliant poem "The Day the Saucers Came."

The Text of the Day is Neil Gaiman's Lovecraftian "I, Cthulhu; or What's A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9' S, Longitude 126° 43' W)."

Excerpt: Cthulhu, they call me. Great Cthulhu.

Nobody can pronounce it right.

Are you writing this down? Every word? Good. Where shall I start -- mm?

Very well, then. The beginning. Write this down, Whateley.

I was spawned uncounted aeons ago, in the dark mists of Khhaa'yngnaiih (no, of course I don't know how to spell it. Write it as it sounds), of nameless nightmare parents, under a gibbous moon. It wasn't the moon of this planet, of course, it was a real moon. On some nights it filled over half the sky and as it rose you could watch the crimson blood drip and trickle down its bloated face, staining it red, until at its height it bathed the swamps and towers in a gory dead red light.

Those were the days.

Read the Complete Story: Here.

As a parting image, here's Cthulhu the jack-o'-lantern.

Cthulhu Lantern 1