Today in random shit: Don’t hug me I’m scared

April 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm (Random Shit) (, , )

There are some strange, disturbing videos out in YouTube-land. And then there’s this.

I was expecting one of them feel-good artistic inspirational videos. Instead, I am amused, terrified, depressed, introspective and disturbed all at once (and at the end of a work week, that’s a good feeling to have).

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A few words about Halloween

October 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm (Nostalgia, Random Shit, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Let Mr. Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud and the boys from Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree explain:

moundshroud

“Do you see lads? Think! People vanished forever. They died, oh Lord, they died! But came back in dreams. Those dreams were called Ghosts, and frightened men in every age—“

“Night and day. Summer and winter, boys. Seedtime and harvest. Life and death. That’s what Halloween is, all rolled up in one. Noon and midnight. Being born, boys. Rolling over, playing dead like dogs, lads. And getting up again, barking, racing, through thousands of years of death each day and each night Halloween, boys, every night, every single night dark and fearful until at last you made it and hid in cities and towns and had some rest and could get your breath.”

moundshroud 2

“And you began to live longer and have more time, and space out of the deaths, and put away fear, and at last have only special days in each year when you thought of night and dawn and spring and autumn and being born and being dead.

“And it all adds up. Four thousand years ago, one hundred years ago, this year, one place or another, but the celebrations all the same—“

halloween tree kite

“The Feast of Samhain—“

“The Time of the Dead Ones—“

All Souls’. All Saints’.”

“The Day of the Dead.”

El Dia De Muerte.”

“All Hallows’.”

“Halloween.”

I miss Ray Bradbury.

Illustrations by Joseph Mugnaini. Kite image taken from The Haunted Closet. Vid is from the 1993 The Halloween Tree cartoon.

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Creepy videos for Halloween 2012

October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

There’s a lot of creepy shit on YouTube. Some of them are the short, gut-punch bits of scary that one may watch for that immediate dose of ‘what the fuck did I just see’ that makes any day, but most especially Halloween, all the better.

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Like these:

The Cat With Hands

Directed by Robert Morgan. This appeared on Neil Gaiman’s blog some years back. It starts off with a rhyme that tends to get stuck in your head.

The Gloaming

Directed by Andrew Huang. This is the real reason why people shouldn’t stay at their offices late, especially when ravens have gathered at the windows.

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