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Halloween Countdown, Day 17

Happy spawning day to vulpine137. May you enjoy a great one today and many, many more!

Note: FYI to H.P. Lovecraft fans: Barnes & Noble has just released a new omnibus edition of Lovecraft's fiction.

LINKS OF THE DAY: The links for today are Edward Gorey-iffic.

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* "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" by Edward Gorey is a macabre classic that's always worth revisiting.

* The Edward Gorey House celebrates the life and works of Edward Gorey.

* Gorey Details is a shop for all of your Edward Gorey needs.

LITERATURE OF THE DAY: Today's reading is a spooky poem by Edward Gorey (1925-2000). If this doesn't send chills up your spine, I'll refund your money! :)

"The Insect God" by Edward Gorey

O what has become of Millicent Frastley?
Is there any hope that she's still alive?
Why haven't they found her? It's rather ghastly
To think that the child was not yet five.

The dear little thing was last seen playing
Along by herself at the edge of the park;
There was no one with her to keep her from straying
Away in the shadows and oncoming dark.

Before she could do so, a silent and glittering
Black motor drew up where she sat nibbling grass;
From within came a nearly inaudible twittering,
A tiny green face peered out through the glass.

She was ready to flee, when the figure beckoned;
An arm with two elbows held out a tin
Full of cinnamon balls; she paused; a second
Reached out as she took one, and lifted her in.

The nurse was discovered collapsed in some shrubbery,
But her reappearance was not much use;
Her eyes were askew, he extremities rubbery,
Her clothing was stained with a brownish juice.

She was questioned in hopes of her answers revealing
What had happened; she merely repeatedly said
'I hear them walking about on the ceiling'.
She had gone irretrievably out of her head.

O feelings of horror, resentment, and pity
For things, which so seldom turn out for the best;
The car, unobserved, sped away from the city
As the last of the light died out in the west.

The Frastleys grew sick with apprehension,
Which a heavy tea only served to increase;
Though they felt it was scarcely genteel to mention
The loss of their child, they called in the police.

Through unvisited hamlets the car went creeping,
With its head lamps unlit and its curtains drawn;
Those natives who happened not to be sleeping
Heard it pass, and lay awake until dawn.

The police with their torches and notebooks descended
On the haunts of the underworld, looking for clues;
In spite of their praiseworthy efforts, they ended
With nothing at all in the way of news.

The car, after hours and hours of travel,
Arrived at a gate in an endless wall;
It rolled up a drive and stopped on the gravel
At the foot of a vast and crumbling hall.

As the night wore away, hope started to languish
And soon was replaced by all manner of fears;
The family twisted their fingers in anguish,
Or got them all damp from the flow of their tears.

They removed the child to the ball-room, whose hangings
And mirrors were streaked with a luminous slime;
They leapt through the air with buzzings and twangings
To work themselves up to a ritual crime.

They stunned her, and stripped off her garments, and lastly
They stuffed her inside a kind of a pod;
And then it was that Millicent Frastley
Was sacrificed to The Insect God.



( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Bwah! "Gorey Details" hehe

Had to edit. I just read The Gashlycrumb Tinies. I never saw that before. Awesome! lol

Edited at 2008-10-17 11:26 am (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked it. Poor Neville, dying of ennui! ;)
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Hurray for Edward Gorey!
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
I freakin LOVE Gorey. Thanks for posting the links.
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yay! Me too. I'm so glad you liked the post!
Oct. 17th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
FYI to H.P. Lovecraft fans: Barnes & Noble has just released a new omnibus edition of Lovecraft's fiction.

Oct. 18th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Isn't it cool? And you can't beat over a thousand pages of Lovecraft for under $12!
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Gorey!

Also: one of my favorite poems.

Oct. 18th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yay for Gorey! That is one creepy poem. *shudders - in a good way*
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
*beam* Thank you :)
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
You bet! :)
Oct. 17th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about the Gorey House. I need to create an entry for it at DD.

-Tom G
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yay! It looks like a really neat place.
Oct. 18th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Gorey Details is out of quite a lot of their stamps. Surprisingly, the hookah-smoking caterpillar doesn't seem very popular.
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Surprisingly, the hookah-smoking caterpillar doesn't seem very popular.


I just saw a documentary on Peter Lorre, and I kept thinking the whole time of your icon. :)
Oct. 18th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Doh! What channel was it, the Bio Channel?

I considered buying The Lost One, but it was kind of pricey for a book I would only read once.
Oct. 18th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
It was on DVD, part of the Masters of Horror set I got from Netflix.

I didn't know about The Lost One - sounds intriguing!

Have you ever used Bookins? I get about half my books that way now. I just got a hardback biography of Fanny Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley's half-sister who committed suicide while Mary was off with Byron and Shelley (coming up with Frankenstein). Interesting stuff.
Oct. 18th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Have you ever used Bookins?

No, I usually use abebooks*, then amazon or alibris by order of preference. Bookins looks pretty good. I'm not a netflix member. Maybe I will join at the lowest rate.

*I just had one $64 dollar book from the UK not show up, the seller doesn't even reply to ABE Mail. Looks like I'll be getting an chargeback...
Oct. 19th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Ooops! I meant Heroes of Horror, not Masters of Horror.

I've been using Bookins for over a year, and I've managed to find homes for a number of my books, plus get quite a few that I wanted. It's a really great service, and very budget-friendly.

The Abebooks situation sounds frustrating - ack! I hope they resolve it for you soon.
Oct. 18th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I did read a brief bio chapter on Lorre in a book about the making of Casablanca. His later life was quite depressing, drug addiction, obesity and ill health, financial ruin (he tried to start a film studio in Hungary in the 1960s) and stroke.

I might use Bookins to get rid of some of my books, I have run out of room. Then there is my late brother's collection, I would need to build an addition to house that.
Oct. 19th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
It did sound like the second half of his life was rather tragic and disappointing. The same is true for Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi. The lives of Vincent Price and Boris Karloff had much happier endings, it seems.
Oct. 19th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Karloff injured his back wearing a 60lb harness to play Frankenstein's Monster and had to act his final roles (Targets, Die Monster Die) from a wheelchair. Life is pain.
Oct. 19th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Very true. He had love and work up to the end, though, which must have been a tremendous comfort.
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I have a Gashlycrumb Tinies lunchbox that is one of my prize possessions. :-D

Oct. 19th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oct. 19th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I love Gorey!
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