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Halloween Countdown, Day 4

Be sure to keep your eye on this countdown tomorrow. I have something very special planned, and it's a first for my annual Halloween celebration!

Also? The stomach flu is not nice. Not nice at all.

Now let's talk about music.

One of my favorite groups to listen to during the Halloween season is Nox Arcana. Whether you want music inspired by the Grimm Brothers, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft, or music inspired by pirates, vampires, and haunted houses, their albums are a perfect backdrop to October. You can listen to many of their songs at their website.

One of my favorite groups period is Glass Hammer (Tolkien fans might know them from Journey of the Dunadun and The Middle Earth Album), and their new album Perilous, currently available for preorder, promises to be their darkest yet. Check out the cover art!


Another artist I enjoy whose work is especially October-appropriate is Paul Roland. With albums such as Gargoyles, Gaslight Tales, and Re-Animator, how can you go wrong? One of my favorite songs of his is his tribute to H.P. Lovevcraft's fictional city of Arkham. Here's a very clever fan video:

In other news, my latest "Looking Back on Genre History" segment is available here on the latest episode of StarShipSofa. It's about Jane C. Webb Loudon's The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827), which is our Text of the Day.

Excerpt: "If I recollect rightly, the ancient Egyptians did not imagine the souls of their dead remained in their bodies, but that they would return to them at the expiration of three thousand years."

"And it is now about three thousand years since Cheops was entombed."

"It is strange," continued Edric, musing, "what influence your words have upon my mind: whilst I listen to you, the racking desire I feel to explore these mysteries becomes almost torture; and I muse upon it till I fancy it an impulse from a superior power, and that I am really selected to be the mortal agent of their revelation to man."

Read the Complete Novel Here: Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 4th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Whew! I was wondering where today's post was . . . & what was preventing you from posting it. Get well soonest, please.

And thanks as ever for the heads-up re your Sofa segment!
Oct. 5th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I shall do my best. This is rather miserable!

And thank you for being interested in the segment. I really appreciate it!
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Aww, I hope you feel better. *hugs*
Oct. 5th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! *germ-free virtual hugs*
Oct. 5th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
I hope the stomach flu goes soon!
Oct. 5th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! Me, too. Blech.
Oct. 9th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
You have some good choices. I tend to go with more of a rock feel with Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting album being Halloween music for me.
Oct. 17th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a brilliant song, too! Very sing-along-able. Good choice!
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