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Halloween Countdown, Day 26

Here's another gorgeous photo from Pere Lachaise, Paris:

Pere Lachaise, Paris

Text of the Day: Today's short story is "The Weird Violin," published in the December 1893 issue of Argosy by an unknown author.

Amongst the carefully-arranged violins was a curious old instrument the like of which the virtuoso had never seen before, and at this he now stared with all his eyes. It was an ugly, squat violin, of heavy pattern, and ancient appearance. The maker, whoever he had been, had displayed considerable eccentricity throughout its manufacture, but more especially in the scroll, which, owing to some freak, he had carved into the semblance of a hideous, grinning face. There was something horribly repulsive about this strange work of art, and yet it also possessed a subtle fascination. The violinist, keeping his eyes upon the face, which seemed to follow his movements with fiendish persistency, slowly edged to the door, and entered the shop.

The attendant came forward, and recognising the well-known performer, bowed low.

"That is a curious-looking fiddle in the window," began the artist, at once, with a wave of his hand in the direction of the fiend.

"Which one, sir?" inquired the attendant. "Oh, the one with the remarkable scroll, you mean. I'll get it for you." Drawing aside a little curtain, he dived into the window-bay, and produced the instrument, whose face seemed to be grinning more maliciously than ever.

Read the complete short story.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 26th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 27th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
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Oct. 26th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
I would love to go to Pere Lachaise someday.
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
You and a camera there? Instant magic.
Oct. 27th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Me with a camera pretty much anywhere in Paris? Heaven! :)
Oct. 26th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Love the photo. :)

Have you seen the funky Halloween 2011 Light Show from some house that's circulating? It's to "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I'm sure it drives the neighbors nuts, but it's pretty awesome to watch. Synched "faces" on the house and EVERYTHING. :D

Febobe :)
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you like it, too!

I haven't seen that video. I'll have to do some searching around YouTube. It sounds great! :D Thanks for the heads up.
Oct. 26th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
You've posted some amazingly creepy and beautiful pictures so far, but this one beats all of them by a tremendously large margin.
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you like it! I thought it was quite amazing.
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
You almost can't tell that's a statue. Lovely and chilling at the same time.
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean! Amazing, isn't it?
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