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Halloween Countdown, Day 6

“One grave in every graveyard belongs to the ghouls. Wander any graveyard long enough and you will find it - water stained and bulging, with cracked or broken stone, scraggly grass or rank weeds about it, and a feeling, when you reach it, of abandonment. It may be colder than the other gravestones, too, and the name on the stone is all too often impossible to read. If there is a statue on the grave it will be headless or so scabbed with fungus and lichens as to look like fungus itself. If one grave in a graveyard looks like a target for petty vandals, that is the ghoul-gate. If the grave wants to make you be somewhere else, that is the ghoul-gate.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (2008)

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ankh_hpl
Oct. 6th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
What a lovely bite- sized chill!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!
byslantedlight
Oct. 6th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, one of my favourite books of 2014! Gorgeous photo too...

Edited at 2014-10-06 07:25 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
I love that book! I'm so tickled that you liked the photo, too. :)
witchcat07
Oct. 6th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
Creepy! ...and kinda sad.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
I agree - on both counts. :( There's nothing quite so sobering, I think, as an untended or abandoned gravesite.
primroseburrows
Oct. 6th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
I have not read The Graveyard Book yet, and I'm a big fan of Neil's. Must rectify.

Edited at 2014-10-06 11:19 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think you'll love it! It's *perfect* October reading. :)
homespunheart
Oct. 6th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Rereading (listening to) THE GRAVEYARD BOOK right now!! Perfect for counting down to Halloween! This is an especially spooky bit.

Edited at 2014-10-06 11:48 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, we're on the same wavelength! (No surprise there. *wink*) Perfect for Halloween, indeed! I'm glad you like this spooky bit. I just love the description.
cookiefleck
Oct. 7th, 2014 06:41 am (UTC)
"...scabbed with fungus..."

I like that.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a perfect description?
gilda_elise
Oct. 7th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
Oh, spooky! And what a frighteningly creepy headstone. It does make you almost believe that, yes, there's a ghoul around somewhere.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
I know, right? I'm glad you found that headstone to be creepy, too. The way the roots are growing around it... ack!

I *love* your icon, BTW.

Edited at 2014-10-07 02:03 pm (UTC)
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