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."
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