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31 Days of Halloween - October 4

31 Days of Halloween - October 4In 1922, FW Murnau, a German film director, released the vampiric horror classic Nosferatu. Based loosely on Bram Stoker's Dracula, Murnau created a hyperstylized, proto-noir in this silent film. It set the standard for horror films for decades to come. Even shooting the film was creepy. The main actor, Max Schreck, was reportedly obsessed with his role. And {read more}

31 Days of Halloween - October 3

31 Days of Halloween - October 3 Writer Rod Serling created The Twilight Zone, a low-budget but successful television series that melded philosophy, science fiction and modern anxieties. Serling was a writer first, and the episodes reflected an attention to tapping into something that lies just beneath the surface. Here is one of my favorite quotes: “Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of {read more}

31 Days of Halloween - October 2

31 Days of Halloween - October 2Dennison's Bogie Book was THE publication for holiday party-making ideas. The guides outline games, decorations, costumes and menus and show Halloween in its transformation to a fun, merry holiday in the early 20th century. "The traditions of this eerie night never change," it says, "but there are new ways of adapting them for parties, new ways {read more}

31 Days of Halloween - October 1

31 Days of Halloween - October 1I wasn't able to do this last year, so I'm really looking forward to an excuse sharing history and other tidbits about Halloween and generally creepy stuff (Did I mention Halloween is my favorite?). To kick it off, I've found a post from one of my favorite sites, Futility Closet. They also host a fabulous podcast. The {read more}

BOOKS for October

BOOKS for October Especially when the October wind (Some let me make you of autumnal spells, The spider-tongued, and the loud hill of Wales) With fists of turnips punishes the land, Some let me make you of the heartless words. The heart is drained that, spelling in the scurry Of chemic blood, warned of the coming fury. By the sea's side hear the dark-vowelled birds. ~Dylan {read more}

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