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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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I hope you all have a fun and spooky Halloween.  Here are some of my favorite scary quotes in honour of the day . . . .

“Never walk near the bed; to a ghost your ankle is your most vulnerable part–once in bed, you’re safe; he may lie around under the bed all night, but you’re safe as daylight. If you still have doubts pull the blanket over your head.” ~ This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

All things pass. Only remain cosmic force and matter, ever in flux, ever acting and reacting and realizing the eternal types—the priest, the soldier, and the king. Out of the mouths of babes comes the wisdom of all the ages. Some will fight, some will rule, some will pray; and all the rest will toil and suffer sore while on their bleeding carcasses is reared again, and yet again, without end, the amazing beauty and surpassing wonder of the civilized state. ~ The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

‘Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
 ~ Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

One disagreeable result of whispering is that it seems to evoke an atmosphere of silence, haunted by the ghosts of sound-strange cracks and tickings, the rustling of garments that have no substance in them, and the tread of dreadful feet that would leave no mark on the sea-sand or the winter snow. ~ Bleak House by Charles Dickens

It used to puzzle him that, after dark, someone would look in round the edge of the bedroom door, and withdraw again too rapidly for him to see the face. ~ The Other Wing by Algernon Blackwood

 

Jack London’s Vision of 2012

February 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Jack LondonI’m reading The Scarlet Plague by Jack London.  (pictured on the left)  It’s a post-apocalyptic novel written published in 1912.  The Scarlet Plague is available for free from Project Gutenberg and Amazon.

The novel has presented two shocks so far.  The first one was that the author of White Fang and Call of the Wild also wrote science fiction.  I received my second shock when I read the details of the apocalypse.   In the world of The Scarlet Plague we don’t have much time left.

“2012,” he shrilled, and then fell to cackling grotesquely. “That was the year Morgan the Fifth was appointed President of the United States by the Board of Magnates. It must have been one of the last coins minted, for the Scarlet Death came in 2013. Lord! Lord!—think of it!”






 

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