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Halloween Countdown, Day 14

HURRY! Today is the last day to enter the giveaway of books I discuss in my interview at Darkcargo! Go to the second half of my two-part interview with Darkcargo (in which I talk about science fiction, Sherlock Holmes, upcoming publications, and more). Comment there to enter the fantastic book giveaway, with my picks (Mary Shelley! Sherlock Holmes!). Check it out!

I think there's something truly haunting about this photo of a sculpture from the catacombs of Paris:

visage dans le sable :: catacombes de paris

Text of the Day: Do you like H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds and/or In the Days of the Comet? Then you'll enjoy today's short novella, the end-of-the-world science fiction tale by Lloyd Eshbach (1910-2003), The Gray Plague. It was originally published in the November 1930 issue of Astounding Stories of Super-Science.

Five months before the beginning of that period of madness, that time of chaos and death that became known as the Gray Plague, the first of the strange meteors fell to Earth. It landed a few miles west of El Paso, Texas, on the morning of March 11th.

Maimed and captive, in the depths of an interplanetary meteor-craft, lay the only possible savior of plague-ridden Earth.

In a few hours a great throng of people gathered around the dully smoldering mass of fire-pitted rock, the upper half of which protruded from the Earth where it had buried itself, like a huge, roughly outlined hemisphere. And then, when the crowd had assumed its greatest proportions, the meteor, with a mighty, Earth-shaking roar, exploded.

A vast flood of radiance, more brilliant than the light of the sun, lit up the sky for miles around. One moment, a throng of curious people, a number of scientists, newspaper men—a crashing explosion—and then a great, yawning pit sending forth a blinding radiance! Destruction and death where life had been.

The brilliant light streamed from the pit for about ten minutes; then like a snuffed-out candle flame, it vanished.

Read the complete novella.

Download an unabridged narration from Librivox.org.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 14th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Ugh! That picture is so darn creepy, I have no words!

Thanks for the lead to the novella - Definitely going to give that one a try!
Oct. 15th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Isn't it eerie?

You're most welcome! I'm so glad it's of interest. I hope you enjoy it!
Oct. 14th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
I think the photo is beautiful! Creepy, yeah, but I can't take my eyes off it.
Oct. 15th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! I feel the same way. I keep staring at it...

Augh, I'm halfway through an email to you, and it's soooo late! I'm sorry. Soon, I promise! *blushes*
Oct. 14th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
That sculpture photo is very creepy!
Oct. 15th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Isn't it, though? *shivers* Glad you think so, too!
Oct. 15th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Talking of Sherlock
Today a friend gave me a copy of The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir A. C. Doyle, with a Forward by Jeremy Brett, 1995. I love the Sherlock stories from my childhood, it can’t get better than that, Thanks, Dr. Amy good work… R. Ross

Oct. 15th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Talking of Sherlock
Oooh, what a lovely gift! With an introduction by Brett, too! Earlier this year, I reread all the Doyle canon (before I went on my Holmesian pastiche kick), and you're so right: it just doesn't get any better than that.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! It's always great to hear from you.
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