Friday, 27 September 2013

Papa Sangre - An App Discovery

Have you heard of this app? This is a game that is, apparently, firmly focused on the audio end of things. The premise? You are dead. You are in the land of the dead. You have to find a loved one and save them from all the things that lurk in the pitch black. Hmmm...

I don't know, man. I had a hard enough time with Doom III where I got so creeped out and amped up I had to give up on it (wimp, I know.) But still, this is the land of dead where I should feel a little home. N'est pas?

And just in time for the upcoming season, Papa Sangre II will soon makes its debut.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A Cemetery Prowl

When we were back in Canada we were living across the street from one of my favourite cemeteries. And so, when our cat needed some 'out' time (the road in front of the house was too busy to let her out on her own) I would put on her harness and go for a stroll 'round the cemetery.

Stroll is not quite the right word to describe the walking, stopping, then sudden running and leaping over obstacles that actually occurred. I'm not sure what that word is but I am certain we provided much amusement to whoever (or whatever) may have been watching.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Fugglers are creepy fun!

Source: Squidoo
Ok, I came across this and just had to share! I'm going to try and make my own little fuggler for Halloween!

Check out more fugglers, including one of David Lynch!! If you are interested in buying your own visit Mrs. McGettrick's Fuggler Emporium on Etsy. And, btw, she wants you to know that she doesn't use real human teeth.

Hmmm, that's an idea...

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Innocents - Another Creepy Child Sings

I was listening to a podcast today Night Waves (BBC) about a movie version of Henry James, The Turn of the Screw that I've never heard of. It's called The Innocents (1961) and starred Deborah Kerr. The podcast, recorded at the British Film institute as part of the Sound of Cinema season, starts with an introduction to the topic and to the very impressive panel.

And then they play this...


Have you read The Turn of the Screw? I can't remember when I was first introduced to this story. I have a vague recollection of reading something spooky from my elementary school library about a big British estate and two children who I was never sure were real. Sounds like Turn of the Screw, right? But what is it that makes children creepy? Especially when they sing? It seems to be one of the few horror motifs that gets under everyone's skin.

I shiver at the thought. But it's a shiver of anticipation because I'm going to settle myself down and watch the entire movie on You Tube now.

Or maybe I'll wait till it's dark...

Lyrics to O Willow Waly:

We lay my love and I beneath the weeping willow.
But now alone I lie and weep beside the tree.
Singing "Oh willow waly" by the tree that weeps with me.
Singing "Oh willow waly" till my lover return to me.
We lay my love and I beneath the weeping willow.
A broken heart have I. Oh willow I die, oh willow I die.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

A Cemetery Walk - Waterford Bridge Road

I sense a theme in my last few posts - walking and a bit of nostalgia. I think it's partly the time of year. September inevitably makes me think of the past. All those falling leaves...

Except where I'm living the leaves aren't really falling - unless I've forgotten to do the watering. Where I am right now September is the time of year one looks forward to the temperatures cooling down to the low 30s in the evenings. Yep. And it's sweaty, too. But by Halloween the evenings will be perfect. Perfect for wearing costumes (without any heavy sweaters or coats) or for lurking in the shadows. Mwuaahaahaahaa!

Actually, I miss sweater weather. Truly. I love the nip in the air that tells you to get out your socks, heavy shoes, and favourite fleece. Sigh. 

So, because I can't put on those things and go for a walk in the cool evening through one of my favourite cemeteries, well, I guess I'll just have to do it via the old slideshow I've preserved forever on YouTube.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Another spooky walk - Gibbet Hill and Deadman's Pond

Where I live when I'm in Canada is very...atmospheric. One of my favourite walks is around Signal Hill. On this hill there is a rather jagged height known as Gibbet Hill, below which lies Deadman's Pond. You can guess what is said to have gone on there. Buried pirate treasure, murder, hangings, and death by drowning. No wonder people have reportedly seen...things.

This is another revisiting of a post I did in the 'before times.' If you're interested in reading more about the stories related to this place click here.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Fantômes de Chartres

I was lucky enough to be in France recently where I joined my cousin, who was celebrating a milestone birthday, on a tour of Northern France. We drove from Paris to Normandy and back. There were many amazing sights seen and much in the way of good food eaten --no, really it was almost always GREAT food! Before I bore you to death with all my gargoyle snaps I will first show you this - a short video featuring the sights of our overnight stay in Chartres. And to those of you who might be looking for a somewhat spooky experience...well, try walking around that city in the dark on a cool September night!

After an amazing meal, bien sûr, we headed to Chartres Cathedral at about 10:00 pm. This is where you begin the Chartres en Lumière tour. Entranced by the light show projected onto the church and the accompanying music, it was probably 10:30 pm before we headed out for the rest of the self-guided tour. We followed a small crowd into a open garden area and then back to the other side of the cathedral. Then things got confusing.

We couldn't quite figure out where the blue lights, embedded in the sidewalks and meant to guide you, led next. The small crowd around us began to thin out. We turned and went back through the dark garden only to realize the lit doorway we'd seen was barred. So back through the garden (thank you flashlight app) and around to the church by which point it was just my cousin and I. But we were pretty excited about it all and so continued on towards the river - which is where I saw one of the last people (a man carrying a paper bag and finishing off a can of beer) we were to pass that night. The streets were pretty much deserted -- historic buildings, dim pools of light, narrow winding streets, a mossy river --- a bit like wandering the set of a murder mystery or supernatural thriller. Nothing horrific came to pass as we continued on our way but by the time we were done and back at our hotel it was after midnight! Just enough time for a much needed nightcap. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Last Tuesday Society presents...!

The Last Tuesday Society presents...
If only...sigh. Will I ever live in a place where I can haunt the halls of social gatherings of the dead and their fans...? Oh, please dark mistress of Halloween grant me my wish! For those of you lucky enough to live in or around London click here for more details.

Hmmm, I do have some cousins living near London....