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Seasonal Music of Hideous Cheer and Wrongness

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Listen to the Yuletide carols of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society in all their awesome splendor.

Old Timey Christmas Cards

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The BBC and Atlas Obscura have galleries of intriguing Nineteenth Century Christmas cards. “The Victorians had a different idea to what Christmas was about – not particularly Christian, but a time of good humour. You may find a mouse riding a lobster strange – I find it funny. It’s horses for courses.” (Thanks, Chuck!)

Spookoween 2015: 31 Days of Horror, Part III

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Do you dare read the final chapter in the Gutter’s own Carol’s 31 Days of Horror blogathon? “Spookoween 2015 is winding down and it looks like I made it through. Roger Corman and Dracula both return, but not together. So many draculas! No Vincent Price this time, but there is a brief appearance by Vampire […]

70 Disturbing Vintage Halloween Costumes

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Stuff You Should Know has a gallery of seventy unsettling vintage Halloween costumes.

31 Days of Horror, Part II

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It’s the second ten days or so of 31 Days of Horror with the Gutter’s own Carol. “Spookoween 2015 got a little rougher for me. I’m a little more ambivalent about some of the films I watched for Part II. One I even started and stopped. This time we have two appearances by Vincent Price, […]

Halloween Suggestions from Shudder’s Colin Geddes

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The Gutter’s own Carol’s piece about Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko appears in Shudder curator/TIFF programmer/friend of the Gutter Colin Geddes’ recommendations for your Halloween reading, viewing and listening pleasure. And the Gutter itself receives a shout-out!

“Fear You Can Hear”

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Nitrate Diva has a list of “31 of the Scariest Old Time Radio Episodes for Halloween.” Listen up!

“Roz Chast’s Pysanky”

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The Paris Review shares some of cartoonist Roz Chast’s intriguingly painted Easter eggs. See more at her website.

Emily Dickinson’s Holiday Advice

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Poet Emily Dickinson shares her advice for spending the holidays alone.

Watching Aleksander Ptshuko’s Evenings On A Farm Near Dikanka

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At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Keith spends Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. “The movie opens as all good Christmas movies should: with a scene of a jolly witch tearing across the night sky astride her broomstick, collecting stars for her eldritch brews, while the devil bats the moon around and eventually slips it […]

“A Christmas Carol,” with Illustrations by John Leech

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Project Gutenberg has a copy of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” complete with scans of the cover and John Leech’s illustrations from the first edition.

“Krampuslauf on Space Station Omega 2-7”

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Comics Editor Carol shares a wholesome seasonal story mixing the Alpine monster Krampus in 1960s-style space opera.

Christopher Lee’s Christmas Symphonic Metal

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Christopher Lee has released a promotional video for his latest album, Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.  You should probably watch everything at Charlemagne Productions.

A Collection of Calaveras

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The Library of Congress has scans of José Guadalupe Posada broadsheet illustrations, including many calaveras for your enjoyment!

A Little Halloween History

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Rosie Cima writes a little bit about the history of Halloween including a look at seasonal stores, sexy costumes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. (Thanks, Paula!)

“Happy Dreams Daycare”

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Happy Dreams Daycare is a daycare for children from horror movies. It offers a welcoming environment regardless of any person or supernatural issues at home.

“Celebrate Halloween the 4DK Way!”

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At Die Danger Die Die Kill,  friend of the Gutter Todd Stadtman shares a list of fine films to enjoy this Spookoween season! “Halloween movie lists have become a staple of the season. But one has to admit that there’s a numbing amount of overlap between them. I mean, does one really need to cram […]

Kate or Die’s Halloween Costume Decider

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At Comics Alliance, Kate Leth provides, “Roll With It”–an interactive tool for deciding on your Halloween costume this year.

RIP, Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Animator, director and producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. has died. Rankin is probably best known for his Rankin/Bass studio’s holiday television specials such as Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town and Mad Monster Party. He also produced and directed The Last Unicorn, The Hobbit (1977), The Return Of The King (1980), The […]

Death to Life Day

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A lot of people my age have vague memories of a Star Wars holiday special back from some time in the 1970s, but beyond that their memories go blurry. Maybe they recall it had something or other to do with wookies, but specifics are difficult to drag up from the recesses of the mind — […]

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