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I am once again going to steal shamelessly from baylorsr for my poll question:

Poll #600125 Favorite Halloween TV Special/Episode?

What is your favorite Halloween TV special or episode?

Just in time for Halloween, The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's award-winning, 1920s-style silent film The Call of Cthulhu is now available on DVD.

The famed story is brought richly to life in the style of a classic 1920s silent movie, with a haunting original symphonic score. Using the "Mythoscope" process — a mix of modern and vintage techniques, the HPLHS has worked to create the most authentic and faithful screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story yet attempted.
This extraordinary motion picture is now available on DVD. The DVD also features a making-of documentary, high-fidelity and Mythophonic audio, special features, and intertitles in twenty-four languages.

And what a fun poster:

Today's quote comes from H.P Lovecraft, as a matter of fact:

I. The Book
The place was dark and dusty and half-lost
In tangles of old alleys near the quays,
Reeking of strange things brought in from the seas,
And with queer curls of fog that west winds tossed.
Small lozenge panes, obscured by smoke and frost,
Just shewed the books, in piles like twisted trees,
Rotting from floor to roof - congeries
Of crumbling elder lore at little cost.

I entered, charmed, and from a cobwebbed heap
Took up the nearest tome and thumbed it through,
Trembling at curious words that seemed to keep
Some secret, monstrous if one only knew.
Then, looking for some seller old in craft,
I could find nothing but a voice that laughed.

II. Pursuit
I held the book beneath my coat, at pains
To hide the thing from sight in such a place;
Hurrying through the ancient harbor lanes
With often-turning head and nervous pace.
Dull, furtive windows in old tottering brick
Peered at me oddly as I hastened by,
And thinking what they sheltered, I grew sick
For a redeeming glimpse of clean blue sky.

No one had seen me take the thing - but still
A blank laugh echoed in my whirling head,
And I could guess what nighted worlds of ill
Lurked in that volume I had coveted.
The way grew strange - the walls alike and madding -
And far behind me, unseen feet were padding.

Read the rest of the poem

From "Fungi from Yuggoth," by H.P. Lovecraft



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 28th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
That IS a cool poster. I wish they'd make a big awesome new Lovecraft/Cthulu movie, though. Could you imagine? I'm waiting for Mountains of Madness, but sadly not holding my breath (as much as I'm holding my breath for Shadow Out of Time, lol).

If they could pull of Lovecraft that way Kenneth Branagh pulled of Frankenstein (not my favorite version, but wow, the style was so there), I would be a happy little girl.

PS: I voted the Simpson's episode with Mulder and Scully for obvious reasons. But I'm a big fan of the awesome Halloween episodes Roseanne used to pull off. They were so great, and one of the few sitcoms that ever bothered.
Oct. 28th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
PS: How did the symposium go? You didn't post about it already, I hope. *wonders if she missed it*
Oct. 30th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for asking! The Symposium seemed to go very well. They had some great speakers from outside the university, and really good attendance. I was pleased by the turnout for my talk and the great questions I received. Overall, a success! :) Next year's will be on Fairy Stories, which should be even more fun.
Oct. 30th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about wanting a new Lovecraft movie. Hey, what ever happened to your screenplay? It had such a terrific beginning!

If they could pull of Lovecraft that way Kenneth Branagh pulled of Frankenstein (not my favorite version, but wow, the style was so there), I would be a happy little girl.

Oooh, I second that!

The X-Files/Simpsons crossover was a classic. Remember the red speedo picture? LOL! And you're right about Roseanne, too. I miss that show.
Oct. 28th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm such a fangirl. I have to say, all the Ethan eps on Buffy. I never really had Halloween specific specials, etc. before that I can think of... I would watch more movies to get in the mood.
Oct. 30th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Hey, that works! :)
Oct. 28th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
Done your poll. And you always come up the most wonderful quote.
Oct. 30th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello
Thank you, (((FG))). I'm so glad you like the quotes! I have lots of fun picking them out.
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