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Happy Halloween!

The day is here, my friends! We made it! Happy Halloween, Happy Samhain, and (slightly early) Happy Día de los Muertos!

Thank you for joining me in my month-long holiday celebration. I truly hope you've enjoyed it. I have!

To those of you who have shared goodies with me through email or snailmail or other means, thank you so very much for making the holiday extra-special for me!!!

Everyone, please stop by, grab a virtual latte or cider or hot cocoa, a candied apple or some roasted pumpkin seeds, or even a goblet of blood and a plate of brains, and say hello!


Happy birthday to greenhoodloxley, and happy early birthday to ithiliana, amedia, madkestrel, crackferret, thaisa, actourdreams, tlg2009, coppervale, st_crispins, adamantrealm, sneezythesquid, bibliotrope, crazywritergirl, rymfireebooks, and darchildre. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!


Now for the grand finale. What can I say? This is my favorite. I hope you enjoy "Hallowe'en in a Suburb" by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).

The steeples are white in the wild moonlight,
And the trees have a silver glare;
Past the chimneys high see the vampires fly,
And the harpies of upper air,
That flutter and laugh and stare.

For the village dead to the moon outspread
Never shone in the sunset's gleam,
But grew out of the deep that the dead years keep
Where the rivers of madness stream
Down the gulfs to a pit of dream.

A chill wind weaves through the rows of sheaves
In the meadows that shimmer pale,
And comes to twine where the headstones shine
And the ghouls of the churchyard wail
For harvests that fly and fail.

Not a breath of the strange grey gods of change
That tore from the past its own
Can quicken this hour, when a spectral power
Spreads sleep o'er the cosmic throne,
And looses the vast unknown.

So here again stretch the vale and plain
That moons long-forgotten saw,
And the dead leap gay in the pallid ray,
Sprung out of the tomb's black maw
To shake all the world with awe.

And all that the morn shall greet forlorn,
The ugliness and the pest
Of rows where thick rise the stones and brick,
Shall some day be with the rest,
And brood with the shades unblest.

Then wild in the dark let the lemurs bark,
And the leprous spires ascend;
For new and old alike in the fold
Of horror and death are penned,
For the hounds of Time to rend.


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Oct. 31st, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
You can't go wrong with Lovecraft. And thanks for yet another October ride. It's been great!
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for joining me. I hope you had a great Halloween!
Oct. 31st, 2014 10:38 am (UTC)
Samhain greetings
Thanks for the whole event. :)
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Samhain greetings
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I hope your November is off to a great start.
Re: Samhain greetings - acciochocolate - Nov. 3rd, 2014 07:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 31st, 2014 11:11 am (UTC)
Lovecraft...the perfect finale! Your countdown is a perfect setting for fall and the Halloween season. Thank you :)
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you so much for joining me. :D
Oct. 31st, 2014 11:20 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween! And thank you for a fun month on lj - I just can't believe it's over so quickly, have we really had 31 days, or have we missed some?!
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for helping make the month so special! I know exactly what you mean about how quickly it was over. I'm pretty sure someone stole a week or so in there somewhere. Ack!
Oct. 31st, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween to you too.

Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs* I hope your November is off to a great start.
(no subject) - nakeisha - Nov. 3rd, 2014 10:20 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Nov. 3rd, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Oct. 31st, 2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween!
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope yours was great, too!
Oct. 31st, 2014 12:38 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! Thank you once again for your fabulous month of spooky fun!
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you for joining me! I hope your November is off to a great start.
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Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
These links are fabulous - thank you so much for sharing them! Lots of creepypasta excellence! *huge hugs*
Oct. 31st, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thank-you very much for a month of the macabre, mouldy, and malevolent bumps in the night :)
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
LOL! Awesome. Thank you for joining me! :D
Oct. 31st, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! As usual your Halloween day posts were a chilly delight! :)
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :)
Oct. 31st, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
And here are some Halloween costume ideas for next year. Be warned though, Number One on that list is really disturbing.

Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
OMG! *dies*
Oct. 31st, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much for your posts! They've brightened my days all month! ♥
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy to hear it! Thank you. I hope your November is off to a great start.
Oct. 31st, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I meant to read this one today, to celebrate. One of his best, I think. And thanks for another great month of posts!
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thank *you*! :D :D :D
Oct. 31st, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! Many happy returns of the holiday, and your countdown to it!
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks! *loves your icon*
Oct. 31st, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed the tidbits you shared! Thank you for another Halloween season and I hope you have a scary/fun evening!
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :) I hope your Halloween was great and your November is off to a great start.
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