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Halloween Countdown, Day 12

* Many thanks to lizziebelle for allowing me to feature her wonderfully eerie pictures in my posts these past several days (including this one today). Be sure to check out all of her remarkable cemetery photos here.

* One of my favorite groups to listen to during the Halloween season is Nox Arcana. Whether you want music inspired by the Grimm Brothers, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft, or music inspired by pirates, vampires, and haunted houses, their albums are a perfect backdrop to October. They've released a new album for the season called Blackthorn Manor, based on the theme of a "forsaken sanitarium that is haunted by the souls of the dead and plagued by the dark essence of evil."

You can listen to many of their songs streaming at their website.

Spooky Text of the Day: One of the many reasons I love Halloween is the sense of awe and wonder it produces, if we allow ourselves to be receptive to it. Neil Gaiman's poem captures this very well, and I like to revisit it each October. It seems particularly ideal for a Monday, and thus today's text is "The Day The Saucers Came" by Neil Gaiman (1960-present).

That day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed to find what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn't notice it because

That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was the zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-man's nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold, and the cameraman could
Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
But you did not see them coming because

On the saucer-zombie-battling gods day the floodgates broke
And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
And charm and cleverness and true brave hearts and pots of gold
While giants feefofummed across the land, and killer bees,
But you had no idea of any of this because

That day, the saucer day the zombie day
The Ragnarok and fairies day, the day the great winds came
And snows, and the cities turned to crystal, the day
All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
Computers turned, the screens telling us we would obey, the day
Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
The fluttering capes and arrival of the Time Machine day,
You didn't notice any of this because
you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
not even reading, not really, just
looking at your telephone,
wondering if I was going to call.

You can watch Neil Gaiman read this poem here:


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 12th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks for the plug. :)

Love the poem - I love Neil Gaiman's work, and that's one I don't think I've seen before. :)
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Thank you for your pictures! :)

I'm so glad the poem was new to you and you liked it. Isn't Gaiman wonderful?
Oct. 12th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
You know, I think I'm going to go broke by the time Halloween comes around. I love the music! I just ordered two CDs I plan to play on Halloween so thanks for the link!
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
Ha! I know what you mean. I'm so glad you liked the music and bought some albums. I have all of them except the latest, and I'm waiting to get that one when their new winter album comes out. Great stuff - hope you enjoy!

I love your icon.
Oct. 12th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I love this poem way too much. :)
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
LOL! Me too.
Oct. 12th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
I have really been enjoying your Hallowe'en posts, but I've been less than good at commenting to that effect. Bad Loth!

Thanks so much for posting. I love October and Hallowe'en especially! The photographs of the cemeteries Especial-especially!
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear you're enjoying them. Stay tuned for more cemetery pictures very soon!

(I love the Cowthulhu icon!)

Edited at 2009-10-13 11:10 am (UTC)
Oct. 13th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
A song of madness:

Old Cowthulhu had a farm
Ia, ia, O
And on this farm he had a shoggoth
Ia, ia, O
With a "Tekeli-li!" here
And a "Tekeli-li!" there
Here a "Tekeli-li!"
There a "Tekeli-li!"
Everywhere a "Tekeli-li!"
Old Cowthulhu had a farm
Ia, ia, O
Oct. 13th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! Well done indeed! *applauds and gibbers in mad appreciation*
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