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6 Days Until Halloween

Happy Monday! It's our last Monday of the countdown. How quickly the month passes.

First, here's your spooky picture for the day.

Cemetery in October Snow

Next, for your Monday enjoyment, I recommend a visit to Rebecca's Realm, a wonderful collection of Gothic cartoons that, as you can see, capture the Halloween spirit.

rebeccas realm Pictures, Images and Photos

Text of the Day: Now here's a truly frightening piece of fiction: the short story "The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Leiber (1910-1992). This tale might be scarier today, in fact, than when it was written. I think you'll see what I mean.

On the scarred black tabletop was a dully gleaming silvery object about the size and shape of a cupped hand with fingers merging. A tiny pellet on a short near-invisible wire led off from it. On the back was a punctured area suggesting the face of a microphone; there was also a window with a date and time in hours and minutes showing through and next to that four little buttons in a row. The concave underside of the silvery “hand” was smooth except for a central area where what looked like two little rollers came through.

“It goes on your shoulder under your shirt,” Fay explained, “and you tuck the pellet in your ear. We might work up bone conduction on a commercial model."

Read the complete story here.
Listen to an unabridged reading of the story here via Maria Lectrix.



( 30 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
Good grief, it can only be 6.30 am over there!
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed. And I've already been up an hour. Today's the start of Harry Potter Fest week, and I have an academic talk to give in less than three hours. No rest for the wicked, as they say! ;) Happy Monday.
(no subject) - muuranker - Oct. 25th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Oct. 26th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pic today, and I've been meaning to say for ages that I'm thoroughly enjoying your posts, as usual, even if I don't seem to manage to comment... Thank you, in case I forget to say it again and more often!
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
ditto... ditto... and ditto.
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Oct. 27th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Oct. 27th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
That picture is gorgeous. Very haunting!
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Isn't it amazing? I'm glad you like it, too.
Oct. 25th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
love the cartoon!
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
LOL! I thought you might. :)
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I love that picture. It's the exact image for a fic I had in mind. Which I will probably never write, because I am like that, but it makes me happy to see the pic anyway. *g*

ETA: And I read the story. Eeeeek! It's the Crackberry on steroids!

Edited at 2010-10-25 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that picture worked for you!

And I read the story. Eeeeek! It's the Crackberry on steroids!

Yes, exactly! Well put. Isn't it creepy?
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
That picture is stunning! What a lovely shade of red, made all the more brilliant against the stone and snow.
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
I thought so, too. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I love that picture! I wish I had taken it. *g*
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
LOL! Me, too. Though you have some seriously gorgeous ones. I plan to use another one of yours tomorrow, as a matter of fact, if that's okay. ;)
(no subject) - lizziebelle - Oct. 27th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ditto everyone on that photography. So pretty!

I can't want to find time to read today's spooky text.
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
That photo really blew me away.

I hope you enjoy the story!
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
What a GORGEOUS picture!!! Wow, it's got *everything* but Yul Brenner!
Oct. 25th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Another lovely post! That picture looks too stunning to be real!
I'm going to save the story for a bit later...
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Oct. 27th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 26th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
That first picture has me - drooling is an underestimate of how much I love that.
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
LOL! You and me both.
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Gorgeous picture. It's the contrast, the leaves splashing across the snow like blood.
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I agree. It's breathtaking. I'm so glad you like it, too!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Oct. 26th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Beautiful! Not spooky. Well, maybe a little spooky because of the redness on those headstones.

I love bats!! They're my second favorite animal. :)

Gotta go read the text now...
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Bats are awesome. :)

Hope you like the story!
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