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October 24, 2013

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Maureen Lang

I realize after persuasion from Panaman in the SST comments that my list is truly remiss without the inclusion of at least some E.A. Poe, master exemplaire of the earliest short stories in the horror genre. So may I add two (holding to two right now) links to a couple of my personal favorites:

"The Masque of the Red Death"
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/POE/masque.html

"The Black Cat"
http://www.online-literature.com/poe/24/

Side note: all hail the 70+ year run of the Poe Toaster. Where has he (she? them?) been these past few years, as Poe's original gravesite in Westminster Burying Ground lacks sorely the long standing obeisance. The beak damaged Raven carved atop is having a sad...

Dave W.

So Dickens too was a master of the macabre, who knew. Have a Happy Halloween. I miss the annual yard haunt at your old house.

Maureen Lang

Dickens put his acute sense of the grotesque into every novel of his I've read. Some might argue, but imo " A Christmas Carol" is, for the greater part of such a slender volume, just as grotesque/macabre as they come.

Happy Halloween, Dave. We did that yard haunt for 15 years- let's savor the lovely memories.

Donna Snavely

You've left out our family favorite Maureen. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow needs to be on the list! Have a Happy Halloween.

Maureen Lang

Donna Snavely,

One of the best Halloween tales ever written, agreed. No movie or tv show can hold a candle to our own imaginings while reading it, to seeing with our mind's eye Ichabod Crane pursued by the spectral Headless Horseman...

A Happy Halloween to you as well!

Mary Glover

Not children's stories here. The mutilation of Lady Sannox gave me a nightmare. Happy Halloween.

Maureen Lang

No, not a tale to read aloud to the kiddies, agreed. When I first encountered this story I stopped reading it a few times right before getting to the end- sure sign that it ranks high in the "terrifying tale" category.

Hoping you had a Happy Halloween & I am sorry about Conan Doyle disturbing your sleep.

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