October 30th, 2012


Halloween Countdown, Day 30

Vintage Skull with Coloured Tissue Liner

All best wishes and good thoughts go out to those of you affected by the storm. We have wind advisories here today and some potential for snow, but nothing serious.

Looking for Halloween reading/listening/viewing recommendations? Here are some from Neil Gaiman.

In addition, Project Gutenberg has added Jack London's classic post-apocalyptic novel The Scarlet Plague (1912), which is set in the year 2073, six decades after a worldwide pandemic has decimated the planet (I love those "last man on earth" stories!), and this is the perfect time of year to read it.

Text of the Day: Today's verse is the eerie "All Soul's Eve" (1920) by Darl Macleod Boyle.

The evening is dark, and the sky is misty, and the wind blows low:
O wind, cease swaying the bare, bare branches, bending them to and fro,
They look too like ghosts in the pale moonlight,
Ah, too like ghosts in the dusky night,
When ghosts glide to and fro!

O ghosts not laid, and ghosts forgotten, and the ghosts of the evil dead,
Why will ye come to sear my heart, when I thought ye had gone and fled,
Why do ye come on this night of the year,
Does it ease your pain to behold my fear,
Since all is done and said?

Vintage Halloween Jack-O-Lantern (German)