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Halloween Countdown, Day 10

I'm back home from a fantastic colloquium in gorgeous Portland, Maine.

I have exciting news about Lenoir-Rhyne University's Harry Potter Fest 2011, which takes place on Friday, October 28, 2011!

Harry Potter Fest 2011 Poster for L-R U

Harry Potter Fest 2011 at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Friday, October 28, 2011
(All events are free and open to the public!)

10am: Presentation by Travis Prinzi
Belk Centrum

10am-4pm: Immortalize Yourself: Clearly You Laser Crystal Imaging
Belk Lobby

12pm: Harry Potter Q&A Interview with Travis Prinzi Conducted by Yours Truly
Bear's Lair

1pm: Insufferable Know-It-Alls: Harry Potter Trivia Contest
Rudisill Library

2-5pm: Live Owls from the Carolina Raptor Center
Shaw Plaza

3:30pm: Live Quidditch
Russell House Lawn

6:30pm: Harry Potter Costume Contest
Shaw Plaza

7pm: Wizard Rock Concert with Hawthorn and Holly
Shaw Plaza

Today's picture is by yours truly; I took it earlier this year at the Bentalou Graves in the Westminster Hall catacombs in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bentalou graves in the Westminster Hall catacombs

Text of the Day: Today's chilling short story is "The Monk of Horror, or the Conclave of Corpses" by Anonymous (1796).

Some three hundred years since, when the convent of Kreutzberg was in its glory, one of the monks who dwelt therein, wishing to ascertain something of the hereafter of those whose bodies lay all undecayed in the cemetery, visited it alone in the dead of night for the purpose of prosecuting his inquiries on that fearful subject. As he opened the trap-door of the vault a light burst from below; but deeming it to be only the lamp of the sacristan, the monk drew back and awaited his departure concealed behind the high altar. The sacristan emerged not, however, from the opening; and the monk, tired of waiting, approached, and finally descended the rugged steps which led into the dreary depth. No sooner had he set foot on the lower-most stair, than the well-known scene underwent a complete transformation in his eyes.

Read the complete story.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 10th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
"The Monk of Horror" gave me quite a chill. To wind up buried in that vault along with the undead monks --*shivers*
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
*shudders* My thoughts exactly! I'm glad it gave you a shiver, too.
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
The stunning beauty of that owl in the ad is distracting me from my jealousy.
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
LOL! It is a beautiful picture, isn't it?
Oct. 10th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what's the rest of the text on the gravestone say? Everything below Katharine Bentalou is too faint in the photo to make out.
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
It's almost too faint to make out in real life, too. It's been badly weathered. Even in person, the lower you read, the less you can make out, unfortunately.

It gives her father's name (Jacob Keeports) and confirms that she was born in "this city" (Baltimore) in April of 1759 and married to Paul Bentalou in December of 1780. And after that, I'm not entirely certain (sorry!). I should've done a rubbing of it, I think!
Oct. 10th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photo! We've been to that church. :)
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! Isn't it amazing?
Oct. 10th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd love to attend the fest, but I do plan to have one of my own once the last movie is released on DVD. :-)

And, brrrrr, creepy story!
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
Oh, I can't wait for that DVD! Here's to personal fests!

I'm glad you found the story to be creepy, too.
Oct. 13th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
The music for this post reminded me of a CD you might enjoy: Early Irish song by Caitríona O'Leary (a friend of mine) and Dúlra "I am Stretched on your Grave" (deutsche harmonia mundi). It's very haunting !

Oct. 13th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I love this song, but I've never heard this version. Now I must get it and listen! Thanks so much for your recommendation. I really appreciate it.
Oct. 15th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I wish it were on a Saturday :(

Everything looks like so much fun on that schedule <3
Oct. 16th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope you can make at least part of the events! It should be lots of fun.

One way or another, I hope to see you soon. Thanks for the kind words re: the schedule! We're really excited about it.
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