Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween favorites (part 2)

Diamanda Galas, speaker for the dead, the dispossessed, and the forgotten.
In Litanies of Satan she channels the spleen of
and offers a homocidal love song for solo scream. indispensable!

Ouija, need we say more?

Smashing Pumpkins. Who can forget Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness?

Marilyn Manson

Wolfman in the cemetary

Thomas Edison's Frankenstein, 1910

What was that description in Shelley's novel of the monster..... "Victor describes his creation in full detail as “beautiful” yet repulsive with his “yellow skin,” “lustrous black, and flowing” hair, and teeth of “pearly whiteness.” Victor describes the monster’s eyes, considered the windows upon the soul, as “watery eyes, that seemed almost the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.”

Now, where have I seen that before.....

Of course! Our own celebrity monster, Michael Jackson! - represented her in exquisite mask form

Spooky mansion. Based on a real house in Eureka California

Illustration by Gustov Dore from Milton's "Paradise Lost"

It's the great Pumpkin ,Charlie Brown!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Jack Skellington

Another haunted mansion

One the greatest performances ever... Lon Chaney in "Phantom of the Opera" 1924

The Bride of Frankenstein


The original reluctant vampire, Barnabas Collins, from Dark Shadows

Endora from Bewitched

Weekly world news sensation Batboy! (bigger than Elvis!)

A bit of history on All Hallows' Even

(excerpts from wikipedia)
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain.
Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores.
The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops.
The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows' Even (both "even" and "eve" are abbreviations of "evening", but "Halloween" gets its "n" from "even") as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day",which is now also known as All Saints' Day.

The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols in America, and is commonly called a jack-o'-lantern. Originating in Europe, these lanterns were first carved from a turnip or rutabaga. Believing that the head was the most powerful part of the body containing the spirit and the knowledge, the Celts used the "head" of the vegetable to frighten off any superstitions.

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