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Halloween Countdown, Day 19

Today's photo hails from Pere Lachaise, Paris:

Pere Lachaise, Paris

Text of the Day: Today's spooky short story is "The White Feather Hex" by Don Peterson, originally published in the March 1951 issue of Weird Tales.

It all started with a Dutchman, a Pennsylvania Dutchman named Peter Scheinberger, who tilled a weather beaten farm back in the hills.

A strong, wiry man he was—his arms were knotted sections of solid hickory forming themselves into gnarled hands and twisted stubs of fingers. His furrowed brow, dried by the sun and cracked in a million places by the wind was well irrigated by long rivulets of sweat. When he went forth in the fields behind his horse and plow, it wasn't long before his hair was plastered down firmly to his scalp. The salty water poured out of the deep rings in his ruddy neck and ran down his dark brown back. As he grew older the skin peeled and grew loose. It hung on him in folds like the brittle hide of a rhino.

It seemed that the more years he spent in his fields behind the plow horse, the more he slipped back into the timeless tradition of his forefathers. He was a proud descendant of a long line of staunch German settlers commonly known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. He grew up in his fundamental, religious sect having never known any other environment. He was exposed to the sun, soil, and wind from the early days of his childhood, and along with the elements he also was exposed to the evils of the hexerei. The hexerei, or witchcraft, was something that was never doubted or scoffed at by his people. Then why should he, a good Pennsylvania Dutchman, doubt or scoff at such tradition?

Read the complete short story.



( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
What an absolutely gorgeous picture. There's nothing like a photo being done in black and white to bring out a sense of the eerie and macabre.
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree! I'm glad you like it, too!
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oh! I like this picture! :) I think it's the snow - it wouldn't have the same, quiet, almost too quiet effect without it.
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
Yes! The snow really makes it, doesn't it? I'm so glad you like this, too!
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hallow'een audio fun !!
To All: My Friends from West Texas, Broken Sea Audio Productions, presents Poe and HP Lovecraft, and Classic OTR Old Time Radio for Halloween 2011. http://brokensea.com/halloween2011/

thanks for the classic music playlists. Robert (aka R.Ross at Hog's Head Pub)
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
Re: Hallow'een audio fun !!
Fantastic! Thanks for the heads up! I'll pass along the word.

I'm so glad the classic music playlists were of interest. Have a great (and spooky) day!
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Haunting beautiful photo!
Today's spooky short story is "The White Feather Hex" I just love this photo. Mystical, haunting and beautiful!

T Dawn

Oct. 20th, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
Re: Haunting beautiful photo!
I'm so glad you like it, too. I thought it was breathtaking!
Oct. 20th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Ooooh, creepy photo!
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
Yay, that's what I thought, too! :D Glad you like it!
Oct. 20th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
The DAW Years Best Horror Stories IX had a good story titled "The Cats of Père Lachaise" (among others, most of the series is worth purchasing if it can be found at a sensible price). It also had a good Lovecraftian story by T.E.D. Klein.
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
Oooh! Now I must find this. Thanks so much for the heads up! You always find the neatest things.
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
You can also find "Black Man with a Horn" in The Disciples of Cthulhu, which also had a great Ramsey Campbell story, "The Tugging".
Oct. 22nd, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Thank you. Hmm, for some reason, I thought I had this one, and I don't. Must remedy that... ;)
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