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Halloween Countdown, Day 8

Check out this amazing Halloween artwork! Just breathtaking. I love the historical flavor of these pieces. (Thanks to elizkcampbell!)


Text of the Day: Today's text is longer and oh-so-eerie, a perfect choice for the weekend: the classic Gothic horror novel The Beetle by Richard Marsh (1857-1915). Published the same year as Dracula, The Beetle was at the time considered the more popular and sensational of the two supernatural thrillers.

Well, if the house was empty, in such a plight as mine I might be said to have a moral, if not a legal, right, to its bare shelter. Who, with a heart in his bosom, would deny it me? Hardly the most punctilious landlord. Raising myself by means of the sill I slipped my legs into the room.

The moment I did so I became conscious that, at any rate, the room was not entirely unfurnished. The floor was carpeted. I have had my feet on some good carpets in my time; I know what carpets are; but never did I stand upon a softer one than that. It reminded me, somehow, even then, of the turf in Richmond Park,—it caressed my instep, and sprang beneath my tread. To my poor, travel-worn feet, it was luxury after the puddly, uneven road. Should I, now I had ascertained that—the room was, at least, partially furnished, beat a retreat? Or should I push my researches further? It would have been rapture to have thrown off my clothes, and to have sunk down, on the carpet, then and there, to sleep. But,—I was so hungry; so famine-goaded; what would I not have given to have lighted on something good to eat!

I moved a step or two forward, gingerly, reaching out with my hands, lest I struck, unawares, against some unseen thing. When I had taken three or four such steps, without encountering an obstacle, or, indeed, anything at all, I began, all at once, to wish I had not seen the house; that I had passed it by; that I had not come through the window; that I were safely out of it again. I became, on a sudden, aware, that something was with me in the room. There was nothing, ostensible, to lead me to such a conviction; it may be that my faculties were unnaturally keen; but, all at once, I knew that there was something there. What was more, I had a horrible persuasion that, though unseeing, I was seen; that my every movement was being watched.

Read the complete novel.

Download an unabridged narration from Librivox.org.


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Oct. 8th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that is beautiful, eerie artwork!
Oct. 8th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you think so, too!
Oct. 8th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
That gargoyle picture has a true horror about it... and that chap's artwork is beautiful, isn't it! Thank you!
Oct. 8th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked the photo and the artwork, as well.
Oct. 8th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
The artwork is *breathtaking*. WOW!
Oct. 9th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Isn't it? I'm so glad you liked it, too!
Oct. 8th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
What gorgeous artwork! I love the Halloween pieces, but his scifi stuff is wonderful, too.

Never heard of "The Beetle," but I've got it saved now for a dark and stormy night. ;-)
Oct. 9th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
You're so right: the SF artwork is equally amazing.

I hope you like The Beetle! I very much enjoyed it.
Oct. 9th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
The artwork makes me think of the Doctor Who episode, "Blink." Creepy! :)
Oct. 9th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
And by artwork, I actually meant the photo. Just looked at the artwork--AWESOME!
Oct. 9th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Isn't that artwork amazing? My jaw is still hanging open. I'm so glad you liked it, too.
Oct. 9th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Oh it's glorious...I love art that really tells a story. For more art that really tells a story, you should check out Justin Gerard. He's actually done a lot of artwork on The Hobbit and lots of other cool fantastical things!

Oct. 10th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for this fantastic link! Wow. I really love this artwork.
Oct. 9th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
LOL! I thought the exact same thing!

Thank you again for a fantastic experience in Charlotte. What an amazing day! Kudos to you, and thanks again for inviting me to be involved. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

By the way, I'll be posting the complete Harry Potter Fest hourly schedule for Oct. 28 here tomorrow (that is, Monday). Yay!

Edited at 2011-10-09 04:26 am (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
I'm glad that occurred to someone else, haha. :)

We were so honored to have you at our conference and it was fantastic to see you! It's not everyone who can claim they have a Potter Pundit living up the road.

Looking forward to the schedule--it's likely I'll be able to attend a good bit more than previously anticipated! :D
Oct. 10th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) It was a joy. I do hope there will be another next year. I'd be quite interested in submitting a paper proposal for a panel, but even if I didn't, I'd love to come and see the other presentations!

The L-R schedule is up now here. Would you mind forwarding the schedule - or the link to it - to the PotterWatch folks? Everyone's invited! :) Thanks!

Edited at 2011-10-10 11:22 am (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
That photo of the fountain(?) is freaking me out.
Oct. 9th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I know! Me, too. Isn't it stunning? And spooky? I think the cobwebs make it especially haunting.

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