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Halloween Countdown, Day 30

Halloween 2008
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LINKS OF THE DAY: HorrorMasters.com Literary Archive is the best place to go online to read spooky literature. It's an ideal spot to find poetry and short stories for your Halloween reading.

* Brad Lang at ClassicMovies.org lists his choices for the best classic scary films ever made. Which are your favorites? Did he miss any important titles?

Each October my parents send a Halloween costume to their "granddog," the world's most beautiful Boston terrier and our very best friend, Virginia. This year my mother sewed the costume herself. Virginia obliged us with a few pictures, for which she was richly rewarded with early Halloween treats.

Halloween 2008

You can see additional pictures of Virginia, including those in her past Halloween costumes, here.

LITERATURE OF THE DAY: Today's reading is an early work of science fiction guaranteed to send chills down your spine: "And the Dead Spake –" by E.F. Benson (1867-1940).

Excerpt from "And the Dead Spake -" by E.F. Benson:
No funeral (up to the time I speak of) had I ever seen leave the Terrace, no marriage party had strewed its pavements with confetti, and perambulators were unknown. It and its inhabitants seemed to be quietly mellowing like bottles of sound wine. No doubt there was stored within them the sunshine and summer of youth long past, and now, dozing in a cool place, they waited for the turn of the key in the cellar door, and the entry of one who would draw them forth and see what they were worth.

Yet, after the time of which I shall now speak, I have never passed down its pavement without wondering whether each house, so seemingly-tranquil, is not, like some dynamo, softly and smoothly bringing into being vast and terrible forces, such as those I once saw at work in the last house at the upper end of the Terrace, the quietest, you would have said, of all the row.

Read the complete story.


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Oct. 30th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
What an amazing costume.

She looks so adorable.

*Pets Virginia*
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :)
Oct. 30th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Hugs to the Halloween BT and her owners. One of my favorite scary movies is The Mothman Prophecies...may not be a classic but still scares me!
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
We give you hugs right back! I must admit Stigmata is still a Halloween favorite for me.
Oct. 30th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Witchy Virginia! Lol!!!
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
LOL! :)
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Oct. 31st, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
I love your Halloween count-down, it makes me so happy. *happy sigh*
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That totally makes my day. :)
Oct. 30th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
I swear, Virginia is the CUTEST dog I have ever seen! She's so well behaved! (unlike my scary rez mutts lol)
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) It's the power of treats, let me tell you. Hold a treat in your hand and she'll do anything you ask. LOL!
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm such a bad day/week, but seeing witchy Virginia has cheered me up. :)

Freaks is definitely the creepiest movie on that list. Audition is probably the scariest modern movie I've seen, although it's not technically 'horror.'
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry you've been having a bad time! *huge hugs* I hope today is much, much better. Witchy Virginia and I send you love.

I still haven't seen Audition, but I've heard amazing things about it. I really must watch it. I agree with you about Freaks. Creepy!
Oct. 31st, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's Friday and Halloween, so things are going better already. ;)

I saw Audition by myself in the middle of the night, which didn't help. Takashi Miike films are so freaky - even his comedies are out there.
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
That is the cutest thing ever. How were you able to hold the camera still? I wouldn't have been able to stop laughing at the adorableness.

Oct. 31st, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I tried to laugh and hold very still at the same time - all the while convincing her I was laughing with her, not at her. ;)
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Best. Dog. Ever.
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! We think so. :-D
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Oct. 30th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Virginia is such a faithful little dog! How sweet she looks all ready to go "guising" (Scottish Hallowe'en custom).
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! She is indeed a faithful girl. And she puts up with so much from her silly humans. :)

Your icon made me laugh out loud.
Oct. 30th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I love your dog :)
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) We do too!
Oct. 30th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the Halloween pics and links, they've been very interesting. As to Virginia's costume... ;-)
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome - it's been my pleasure! Thanks for reading. :)
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Awwww, she is so precious! How old is she?
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! She's six years old - she'll be seven in January, on the birthday she shares with Tolkien. :) We've had her since she was seven weeks old (but she's had us wrapped around her paw since she was three weeks old *g*).
Nov. 1st, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
She has what I believe are called "Princess Di eyes" over at Cute Overload. You should send them some of your pictures, cos they can never have too many cute puppies. ;~)
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