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posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 03:28 PM
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From The Raven by E A Poe

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed
he;But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."




posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 08:38 PM
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A poem by Henri Cazalis which Camille Saint-Saëns based his opus The Danse Macabre on. The poem was based on an old french superstition that Death would appear at midnight on Halloween and call forth the dead from their graves to dance for him.


Zig, zig, zig, Death in a cadence,
Striking with his heel a tomb,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zig, on his violin.
The winter wind blows and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden trees.
Through the gloom, white skeletons pass,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking,
The bones of the dancers are heard to crack—
But hist! of a sudden they quit the round,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.


Oooohhhh. Thank god for roosters.



posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 06:49 PM
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Originally posted by mojo4sale


Through the gloom, white skeletons pass,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.

Oooohhhh.



Wooohooo is right M4S...it reminds me of the many toga parties I went to, where skinny kids in white bedsheets were doing the Swim or the Pony to the music of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.

Very scary indeed, considering most were wearing tighty=whiteys underneath it all.



On to the next installment of The Raven by E A Poe

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door-
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as "Nevermore."

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered-
Till I scarcely more than muttered, "other friends have flown before-
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."
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Thanks for your input into this thread, M4S...I'm sure we all enjoy reading the variety. I hope some others will join in on the fun. (hint)

[edit on 29-9-2006 by masqua]



posted on Sep, 30 2006 @ 08:03 PM
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Here's an excerpt from The Nameless City by H.P Lovecraft.

A reservoir of darkness, black
As witches' cauldrons are, when fill'd
With moon-drugs in th' eclipse distill'd
Leaning to look if foot might pass
Down thro' that chasm, I saw, beneath,
As far as vision could explore,
The jetty sides as smooth as glass,
Looking as if just varnish'd o'er
With that dark pitch the Seat of Death
Throws out upon its slimy shore.

One of my favorite Lovecraft story's if you havent read it it is well worth the effort.



posted on Oct, 1 2006 @ 12:43 PM
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Originally posted by mojo4sale
...from The Nameless City by H.P Lovecraft.

A reservoir of darkness, black
As witches' cauldrons are, when fill'd
With moon-drugs in th' eclipse distill'd


Lovecraft is one of my favourites, to be sure. His words float like ghosts through the scenes he sets. As an example of what I'm talking about, consider the word 'moon-drugs'. Have you ever heard of it before? No! It's a ghost word drifting through his scene of witches cauldrons and terrifying rituals under an eclipsed moon.

Great stuff.

As it is now officially October, we hope all you writers out there in ATS land are beyond the 'mulling' part of your stories and actually gathering up your pens and inkwells full of blood in order to enter into this juggernaut of a contest. There's points for the winning and 'Writer' status just for entering.

Here's the next instalment of E A Poe and his most memorable work, The Raven;

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
"Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore-
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of 'Never- nevermore'."

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."



[edit on 1-10-2006 by masqua]



posted on Oct, 2 2006 @ 11:29 AM
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Originally posted by masqua

Wooohooo is right M4S...it reminds me of the many toga parties I went to, where skinny kids in white bedsheets were doing the Swim or the Pony to the music of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.

Very scary indeed, considering most were wearing tighty=whiteys underneath it all.


Oh oh your dating yourself there Masqua, Mitch Ryder!!!



Originally posted by masqua
Thanks for your input into this thread, M4S...I'm sure we all enjoy reading the variety. I hope some others will join in on the fun. (hint)


No worries, im enjoying going through stuff i havent read in years, particularly the dead poets whose prose is embedded with an eerie atmosphere all its own. Likewise i hope some others will join in and share with us some of their favorite verses from the dark side.



posted on Oct, 3 2006 @ 02:38 PM
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Poe bumpety bump

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o'er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o'er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!



Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.
"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee- by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite- respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."



posted on Oct, 5 2006 @ 04:00 AM
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Another BUMP in the night.

This is reasonably long Masqua so if you dont mind i'll post it in parts as you have been doing with the Raven.

The Dream of Eugene Aram by Thomas Hood. (1799-1845)

An evening calm and cool,
And four-and-twenty happy boys
Came bounding out of school:
There were some that ran and some that leapt,
Like troutlets in a pool.

Away they sped with gamesome minds,
And souls untouched by sin;
To a level mead they came, and there
They drave the wickets in:
Pleasantly shone the setting sun
Over the town of Lynn.

Like sportive deer they coursed about,
And shouted as they ran,--
Turning to mirth all things of earth,
As only boyhood can;
But the Usher sat remote from all,
A melancholy man!

His hat was off, his vest apart,
To catch heaven's blessed breeze;
For a burning thought was in his brow,
And his bosom ill at ease:
So he leaned his head on his hands, and read
The book upon his knees!

Leaf after leaf he turned it o'er
Nor ever glanced aside,
For the peace of his soul he read that book
In the golden eventide:
Much study had made him very lean,
And pale, and leaden-eyed.

At last he shut the pond'rous tome,
With a fast and fervent grasp
He strained the dusky covers close,
And fixed the brazen hasp;
"Oh, God! could I so close my mind,
And clasp it with a clasp!"

Then leaping on his feet upright,
Some moody turns he took,--
Now up the mead, then down the mead,
And past a shady nook,--
And lo! he saw a little boy
That pored upon a book.

"My gentle lad, what is't you read --
Romance or fairy fable?
Or is it some historic page,
Of kings and crowns unstable?"
The young boy gave an upward glance,--
"It is 'The Death of Abel.'"

The Usher took six hasty strides,
As smit with sudden pain, --
Six hasty strides beyond the place,
Then slowly back again;
And down he sat beside the lad,
And talked with him of Cain;


Stay tuned.



posted on Oct, 5 2006 @ 10:08 AM
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Next installment of The Dream of Eugene Aram by Thomas Hood.


And, long since then, of bloody men,
Whose deeds tradition saves;
Of lonely folks cut off unseen,
And hid in sudden graves;
Of horrid stabs, in groves forlorn,
And murders done in caves;

And how the sprites of injured men
Shriek upward from the sod. --
Ay, how the ghostly hand will point
To show the burial clod:
And unknown facts of guilty acts
Are seen in dreams from God!

He told how murderers walk the earth
Beneath the curse of Cain, --
With crimson clouds before their eyes,
And flames about their brain:
For blood has left upon their souls
Its everlasting stain!

"And well," quoth he, "I know for truth,
Their pangs must be extreme, --
Woe, woe, unutterable woe, --
Who spill life's sacred stream!
For why, Methought last night I wrought
A murder, in a dream!

One that had never done me wrong --
A feeble man and old;
I led him to a lonely field,
The moon shone clear and cold:
Now here, said I, this man shall die,
And I will have his gold!

"Two sudden blows with a ragged stick,
And one with a heavy stone,
One hurried gash with a hasty knife, --
And then the deed was done:
There was nothing lying at my foot
But lifeless flesh and bone!

"Nothing but lifeless flesh and bone,
That could not do me ill;
And yet I feared him all the more,
For lying there so still:
There was a manhood in his look,
That murder could not kill!"





Yet more to come.



posted on Oct, 5 2006 @ 01:10 PM
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I don't mind at all, M4S...in fact, it's much more pleasant to read something in the spirit of Halloween rather than just a regular 'bump' with nothing to add.

So far, this is a great story. Since The Raven has only 2 more installments, I'll be looking for new horror fiction to add to this thread.

The clock is ticking, folks...time to polish off your story and get it entered.



posted on Oct, 5 2006 @ 06:14 PM
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And the next installment of The Dream Of Eugene Aram by Thomas Hood.


"And lo! the universal air
Seemed lit with ghastly flame;
Ten thousand thousand dreadful eyes
Were looking down in blame:
I took the dead man by his hand,
And called upon his name!

"O God! it made me quake to see
Such sense within the slain!
But when I touched the lifeless clay,
The blood gushed out amain!
For every clot, a burning spot
Was scorching in my brain!

"My head was like an ardent coal,
My heart as solid ice;
My wretched, wretched soul, I knew,
Was at the Devil's price:
A dozen times I groaned: the dead
Had never groaned but twice!

"And now, from forth the frowning sky,
From the Heaven's topmost height,
I heard a voice -- the awful voice
Of the blood-avenging sprite --
'Thou guilty man! take up thy dead
And hide it from my sight!'

"I took the dreary body up,
And cast it in a stream, --
A sluggish water, black as ink,
The depth was so extreme:
My gentle boy, remember this
Is nothing but a dream!

"Down went the corse with a hollow plunge,
And vanished in the pool;
Anon I cleansed my bloody hands,
And washed my forehead cool,
And sat among the urchins young,
That evening in the school.

"Oh, Heaven! to think of their white souls,
And mine so black and grim!
I could not share in childish prayer,
Nor join in Evening Hymn:
Like a Devil of the Pit I seemed,
'Mid holy Cherubim!

"And peace went with them, one and all,
And each calm pillow spread;
But Guilt was my grim Chamberlain
That lighted me to bed;
And drew my midnight curtains round
With fingers bloody red!

"All night I lay in agony,
In anguish dark and deep,
My fevered eyes I dared not close,
But stared aghast at Sleep:
For Sin had rendered unto her
The keys of Hell to keep!

"All night I lay in agony,
From weary chime to chime,
With one besetting horrid hint,
That racked me all the time;
A mighty yearning, like the first
Fierce impulse unto crime!

"One stern, tyrannic thought, that made
All other thoughts its slave;
Stronger and stronger every pulse
Did that temptation crave, --
Still urging me to go and see
The Dead Man in his grave!

"Heavily I rose up, as soon
As light was in the sky,
And sought the black accursèd pool
With a wild misgiving eye:
And I saw the Dead in the river-bed,
For the faithless stream was dry.




More to come,
surely this has given some inspiration to some morbid soul to add to whats already been written towards halloweens goal.



posted on Oct, 6 2006 @ 01:49 PM
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Poe bumpety bump...

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!- prophet still, if bird or devil!-
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-
On this home by horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore-
Is there- is there balm in Gilead?- tell me- tell me, I implore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."


"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil- prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us- by that God we both adore-
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore."
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."



posted on Oct, 6 2006 @ 09:06 PM
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The last installment of The Dream Of Eugene Aram by Thomas Hood.

"Merrily rose the lark, and shook
The dewdrop from its wing;
But I never marked its morning flight,
I never heard it sing:
For I was stooping once again
Under the horrid thing.

"With breathless speed, like a soul in chase,
I took him up and ran;
There was no time to dig a grave
Before the day began:
In a lonesome wood, with heaps of leaves,
I hid the murdered man!

"And all that day I read in school,
But my thought was otherwhere;
As soon as the midday task was done,
In secret I went there:
And a mighty wind had swept the leaves,
And still the corpse was bare!

"Then down I cast me on my face,
And first began to weep,
For I knew my secret then was one
That earth refused to keep:
Or land, or sea, though he should be
Ten thousand fathoms deep.

"So wills the fierce avenging Sprite,
Till blood for blood atones!
Ay, though he's buried in a cave,
And trodden down with stones,
And years have rotted off his flesh, --
The world shall see his bones!

"Oh God! that horrid, horrid dream
Besets me now awake!
Again--again, with dizzy brain,
The human life I take:
And my red right hand grows raging hot,
Like Cranmer's at the stake.

"And still no peace for the restless clay,
Will wave or mould allow;
The horrid thing pursues my soul --
It stands before me now!"
The fearful Boy looked up, and saw
Huge drops upon his brow.

That very night while gentle sleep
The urchin's eyelids kissed,
Two stern-faced men set out from Lynn,
Through the cold and heavy mist;
And Eugene Aram walked between,
With gyves upon his wrist.



posted on Oct, 7 2006 @ 11:52 AM
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Thanks for presenting The Dream Of Eugene Aram by Thomas Hood, M4S...I enjoyed reading it

Now, before I go devour a 27 pound turkey with a horde of 30 plus relatives (it's Canadian Thanksgiving) I'll leave you with the final instalment of The Raven, by E A Poe.

"Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend," I shrieked, upstarting-
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted- nevermore!


Glad it's not a 27 pound raven



posted on Oct, 11 2006 @ 06:04 PM
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Here's The Bride of Corinth by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Another long poem so i'll break it up a bit.


ONCE a stranger youth to Corinth came,

Who in Athens lived, but hoped that he

From a certain townsman there might claim,
As his father's friend, kind courtesy.

Son and daughter, they

Had been wont to say

Should thereafter bride and bridegroom be.

But can he that boon so highly prized,

Save tis dearly bought, now hope to get?
They are Christians and have been baptized,

He and all of his are heathens yet.

For a newborn creed,

Like some loathsome weed,

Love and truth to root out oft will threat.

Father, daughter, all had gone to rest,

And the mother only watches late;
She receives with courtesy the guest,

And conducts him to the room of state.

Wine and food are brought,

Ere by him besought;

Bidding him good night. she leaves him straight.

But he feels no relish now, in truth,

For the dainties so profusely spread;
Meat and drink forgets the wearied youth,

And, still dress'd, he lays him on the bed.

Scarce are closed his eyes,

When a form in-hies

Through the open door with silent tread.

By his glimmering lamp discerns he now

How, in veil and garment white array'd,
With a black and gold band round her brow,

Glides into the room a bashful maid.




If you want to read the entire poem you can here instead of waiting for the next installment.



[edit on 11-10-2006 by masqua]



posted on Oct, 12 2006 @ 08:57 PM
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Heres the next part to Goethe's The Bride Of Corinth.



But she, at his sight,

Lifts her hand so white,

And appears as though full sore afraid.

"Am I," cries she, "such a stranger here,

That the guest's approach they could not name?
Ah, they keep me in my cloister drear,

Well nigh feel I vanquish'd by my shame.

On thy soft couch now

Slumber calmly thou!

I'll return as swiftly as I came."

"Stay, thou fairest maiden!" cries the boy,

Starting from his couch with eager haste:
"Here are Ceres', Bacchus' gifts of joy;

Amor bringest thou, with beauty grac'd!

Thou art pale with fear!

Loved one let us here

Prove the raptures the Immortals taste."

"Draw not nigh, O Youth! afar remain!

Rapture now can never smile on me;
For the fatal step, alas! is ta'en,

Through my mother's sick-bed phantasy.

Cured, she made this oath:

'Youth and nature both

Shall henceforth to Heav'n devoted be.'


Full poem here



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 02:13 PM
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Why can't I write scary stuff????? I try and try and something inside me just won't let it happen. I even came up with a so-so idea for a story. check this out,

A man is out to capture a monster that is terrifying the town. He has stalked it and came oh so close to catching it in various ways but always seems to miss. Finally he comes up with a fool proof plan to capture it with a cage and lure.....Only to wake up the next morning captured inside the cage and to the realization he is the monster.

That story could be deep on so many levels.....But I can't write it. For some oddball reason I cannot write scary stories.

Just as well I suppose....



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 06:03 PM
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The next installment of The Bride of Corinth by Goethe.


"From the house, so silent now, are driven

All the gods who reign'd supreme of yore;
One Invisible now rules in heaven,

On the cross a Saviour they adore.

Victims slay they here,

Neither lamb nor steer,
But the altars reek with human gore."

And he lists, and ev'ry word he weighs,

While his eager soul drinks in each sound:
"Can it be that now before my gaze

Stands my loved one on this silent ground?

Pledge to me thy troth!

Through our father's oath:

With Heav'ns blessing will our love be crown'd."

"Kindly youth, I never can be thine!

'Tis my sister they intend for thee.
When I in the silent cloister pine,

Ah, within her arms remember me!

Thee alone I love,

While love's pangs I prove;

Soon the earth will veil my misery."

"No! for by this glowing flame I swear,

Hymen hath himself propitious shown:
Let us to my fathers house repair,

And thoult find that joy is not yet flown,

Sweetest, here then stay,

And without delay

Hold we now our wedding feast alone!"



Full poem here



posted on Oct, 16 2006 @ 01:53 PM
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For bumps in the night...


Cthulhu Volume 1 Ballantine Fantasy H P lovecraft
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"Do you hear it?" he said in a shaky whisper,

"No," I said quietly. "Only the wind."

"Yes, yes - the wind. I wrote you, remember. Listen"

"Now, come Frolin, take hold of yourself. It's only the wind."

He gave me a pitying glance, and going to the window, beckoned me after him. I followed, coming to his side. Without a word he pointed into the darkness pressing close to the house. It took me a moment to accustom myself to the night, but presently I was able to see the line of trees struck sharply against the starswept heavens. And then, instantly, i understood.

Though the sound of the wind roared and thundered about the house, nothing whatever disturbed the trees before my eyes - not a leaf, not a treetop not a twig swayed by so much as a hair's breadth!



[edit on 16-10-2006 by masqua]



posted on Oct, 17 2006 @ 06:14 PM
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Another H P Lovecraft scene from the book 'Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos' (Ballantine)


Slowly, painfully, I raised my eyes and stared across the room. it would have been better, I think, if I had rushed forward immediately and surrendered to the thing that towered there. The vision of that terrible, darkly shrouded shape will come between me and the pleasures of the world as long as I remain in the world.

From the ceiling to the floor it towered, and threw off a blinding light. And pierced by the shafts, whirling around and around, were the pages of Howard's story.

In the center of the room, between the ceiling and the floor, the pages whirled about, and the light burned through the sheets, and descending in spiraling shafts entered the brain of my poor friend, Into his head, the light was pouring in a continuous stream, and above, the Master of light moved with a slow swaying of his entire bulk. I screamed and covered my eyes with my hands, but still the Master moved - back and forth, back and forth. And still the light poured into the brain of my friend.


In exactly 2 weeks and about 5 hours, this contest will end.




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