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Halloween Countdown, Day 2

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Happy birthday to fenice_fu. May you enjoy a great birthday today and many, many more!

LINK OF THE DAY: The link today is darkdestination, an online travel guide to the mysterious and macabre. Filled with eerie pictures and descriptions of truly spooky places, this blog offers perfect October reading!

LITERATURE OF THE DAY: In 1929, literary editor B.K. Hart of the Providence Journal mused in his column about what might be the eeriest story ever written. One of the readers of the Journal was H.P. Lovecraft himself, who responded with a letter to the editor listing his recommendations. Over the next few days, I will spotlight some of the short stories that Lovecraft considered to be the spookiest of them all.

Today's reading was Lovecraft's favorite pick, "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951). Few stories create such atmosphere and evoke such psychological horror.

Excerpt from "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood:
For a change, I thought, had somehow come about in the arrangement of the landscape. It was not that my point of vantage gave me a different view, but that an alteration had apparently been effected in the relation of the tent to the willows, and of the willows to the tent. Surely the bushes now crowded much closer--unnecessarily, unpleasantly close. They had moved nearer.

Creeping with silent feet over the shifting sands, drawing imperceptibly nearer by soft, unhurried movements, the willows had come closer during the night. But had the wind moved them, or had they moved of themselves? I recalled the sound of infinite small patterings and the pressure upon the tent and upon my own heart that caused me to wake in terror. I swayed for a moment in the wind like a tree, finding it hard to keep my upright position on the sandy hillock. There was a suggestion here of personal agency, of deliberate intention, of aggressive hostility, and it terrified me into a sort of rigidity.

Read the complete story.


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Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I adore your Halloween Posts. I look forward to this time of year so much.

And oddly enough I've also been listening to Bloodletting a lot lately!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I adore your Halloween Posts.

Oh, this makes my day. Thank you! Stay tuned for an extra special post tomorrow.

You've been listening to "Bloodletting," too? Is it not compulsively sing-along-able? Great minds think alike, eh? *wink*
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
I like to sing along to most of that cd. Its my sexy monster cd! :p)

Will be looking forward to tomorrow then.

Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Its my sexy monster cd! :p)

LOL! I love it.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Whee! Halloween countdown!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad it's that time again. Tomorrow will be a "very special" post, by the way...

You've been on my mind. I do hope your trip is going well and everything's okay. *hugs*
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
My favorite Blackwood story is "The Empty House".
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Oooh - great stuff! Thanks for the link.

Edited at 2008-10-03 01:54 am (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)

I know those guys! Well, that guy. I've worked with Tom from Dark Destinations on some awesome projects. He is truly cool. :-D
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Seriously? What a small world! That's terrific. From the blog, I can easily believe he's a truly cool guy. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Very true. Your instincts are dead on (no pun intended).

If you look up Spinning Grave Productions, you will see us in a cannibal hillbilly comedy. :-D
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Dark Destinations is a great idea - will definitely be checking out more of the posts when time allows. You're the queen of foraging for things creepy and oozing, and no higher praise will you get from me. :D
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for the high praise! :D I've been fascinated by darkdestination.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, spooky! I read "The Willows" this morning before the sun came up. What a creepy delight!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Isn't it spooky? It just builds and builds... I'm so glad you liked it!
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