lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The official "Six Days of Spooky" over at [livejournal.com profile] spooky_arda is on hiatus this year, so this is an unofficial effort.

Title: No title yet
Rating: G
Source: LOTR
Characters: OCs (hobbits and Men)

Part 6 )
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
(This was posted over on [livejournal.com profile] greatpoets today.)

The Mewlips
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shadows where the Mewlips dwell
Are dark and wet as ink,
And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.

You sink into the slime, who dare
To knock upon their door,
While down the grinning gargoyles stare
And noisome waters pour.

Beside the rotting river-strand
The drooping willows weep,
And gloomily the gorcrows stand
Croaking in their sleep.

Over the Merlock Mountains a long and weary way,
In a mouldy valley where the trees are grey,
By a dark pool´s borders without wind or tide,
Moonless and sunless, the Mewlips hide.

The cellars where the Mewlips sit
Are deep and dank and cold
With single sickly candle lit;
And there they count their gold.

Their walls are wet, their ceilings drip;
Their feet upon the floor
Go softly with a squish-flap-flip,
As they sidle to the door.

They peep out slyly; through a crack
Their feeling fingers creep,
And when they´ve finished, in a sack
Your bones they take to keep.

Beyond the Merlock Mountains, a long and lonely road,
Through the spider-shadows and the marsh of Tode,
And through the wood of hanging trees and gallows-weed,
You go to find the Mewlips - and the Mewlips feed.
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The official "Six Days of Spooky" over at [livejournal.com profile] spooky_arda is on hiatus this year, so this is an unofficial effort.

Title: No title yet
Rating: G
Source: LOTR
Characters: OCs (hobbits and Men)

Part 5 )
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The story update may have to wait until tomorrow--I have been busy today baking cupcakes and working on the Thor costume. Mjolnir is done, but I am still working on other parts,
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
For those of us who even know what a filmstrip is, lol. My elementary school class watched this filmstrip each year on Halloween, and I loved it. I can't believe I found it on YouTube.

lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The official "Six Days of Spooky" over at [livejournal.com profile] spooky_arda is on hiatus this year, so this is an unofficial effort.

Title: No title yet
Rating: G
Source: LOTR
Characters: OCs (hobbits and Men)

Part 4 )
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The official "Six Days of Spooky" over at [livejournal.com profile] spooky_arda is on hiatus this year, so this is an unofficial effort.

Title: No title yet
Rating: G
Source: LOTR
Characters: OCs (hobbits and Men)

Part 3 )
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The official "Six Days of Spooky" over at [livejournal.com profile] spooky_arda is on hiatus this year, so this is an unofficial effort.

Title: No title yet
Rating: G
Source: LOTR
Characters: OCs (hobbits and Men)

Part 2 )
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The official "Six Days of Spooky" over at [livejournal.com profile] spooky_arda is on hiatus this year, so this is an unofficial effort.

Title: No title yet
Rating: G
Source: LOTR
Characters: OCs (hobbits and Men)

Part 1 )
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
The pumpkin lights have been hung on the front porch with care. I had to replace some bulbs, and now the entire string is flashing on and off. Not quite the effect I had intended, but people driving by won't be able to miss them.
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
I posted this last October, and it is so awesome that it deserves an encore. Some of the comments on YouTube are funny. My favorite is "Just keep smiling, Tim. The check is in the mail.'

Cut for bad special effects and bizarre lyrics )

Edit: Someone actually bothered to write a review of this music video. The point seems to be to warn people away.
lady_branwyn: (dahlia)
It turns out that the unearthly screeching was probably a raccoon fight, lol. I had never heard one before, but people describe the sound as demons fighting in their backyard. I heard quieter trilling and clucking sounds outside the window last night which may have been a mama and her kits drinking from the birdbath.

lady_branwyn: (pulp fiction)
Something--and I still don't know what--was making a racket at 4 this morning. The noise was outside but was still piercingly loud and woke me out of a sound sleep. I've never heard anything like it--like the scream of a dying animal mixed with the shriek of fatigued metal. Our black cat fled to the cellar, Kimba stared at me wide-eyed. I woke up Lord Branwyn (who could sleep through the Apocalypse). Shortly afterward, the noise stopped. The yard looked peaceful and ordinary, and oddly, there was no reaction from the neighborhood dogs. Screech owls make some weird sounds, but this was different. It was a long while before I could fall asleep. I half expected to find a dead extraterrestrial on the front walk this morning, and the (very small) superstitious corner of my mind wonders if we heard the banshee.
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
To those who observe the holiday, Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!
The pumpkin lights have been strung, and the bowl of KitKats is waiting.
I was looking for a scary picture to post, but instead you get the Dracula motivational poster.
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
From Baltimore, home of Edgar Allan Poe, comes a Halloween trivia quiz.

Happy Halloween!
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
When I was a small child, my father took me to visit a nearby nature preserve maintained by the Izaak Walton League. Among the deadwood and leaves on the forest floor, we found a cluster of otherworldly Indian pipes. They are also called ghost pipes or corpse plant. I don't know if they grow in other parts of the world or not.
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
It's here! Eeeee! But we didn't get a single trick-or-treater, not even any college students pretending they were little kids. *sobs*

Anyway, the scariest thing about my next subject is its list of ingredients. Back in the 1970s, General Mills brought out a line of monster-themed cereals. The lineup included--

Count Chocula, chocolate flavored cereal with marshmallows.
Franken Berry, strawberry flavored cereal with marshmallows.
Boo Berry (a blue ghost), blueberry flavored cereal with marshmallows.
Fruit Brute (a werewolf), fruit flavored cereal with lime flavored marshmallows.
Yummy Mummy, fruit flavored cereal with vanilla flavored marshmallows.

I don't know what these actually tasted like because my mother would not buy them, but the commercials were hysterical. There are video clips at the link above.

As a tribute to the enduring fame of the monster cereals, The Onion published an interview with Count Chocula a few years back.
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
Put down that Stephen King novel. You're reading The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition? You'll get carpal tunnel from holding that much weight. Instead, take up something spare and elegant, as sharp as a weathered bone--turn on every light in the house then curl up with "The Haunting of the Hill House" by the late Shirley Jackson. Most U.S. students have read her famous short story "The Lottery," but she wrote several novels and many short stories. Salon offers a fascinating retrospective about her life and works.
lady_branwyn: (Illusion)
OK, people, sing along with me--



According to the Wikipedia article about Casper, there is an on-going controversy about his metaphysical nature. He acts and speaks and looks like a little boy (or at least like a 1960s cartoonist's idea of a little boy). Does that mean that he is the ghost of a child? And if so, how did he die? His handlers have tried to put a positive spin on his background by claiming that his parents were already ghosts when they married, so of course he is a ghost! :D
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