There is something haunting . . .
"There is something haunting in the light of the moon." —Joseph Conrad
Photo: Kathryn LeRoy

Do I enjoy horror movies?

No. I will be the first one out of the room, head under a pillow, eyes closed shut tight. My heart still races when I think of The Exorcist and Silence of the Lambs.

Did anyone else in the theater sit for two hours with their eyes closed? Maybe I had at least one kindred spirit as I counted the seconds for the credits to finally roll.

Today is Halloween and a Blue Moon. 

Beyond movies, books hold frightening and haunting words. I remember locking all the doors and leaving on the lights after reading Brom Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Literature often inspires, grabs our imagination, and can scare the living daylights out of even the staunchest horror lover. Writers across time have used words to immerse our senses in the grotesque and eerie.

When I started searching for a few of the most haunting quotes from literature, I soon filled a couple of pages. Those were only from the books. poems, or plays that had seared their words into my psyche like those that follow.

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
"The goblins of her fancy lurked in every shadow about her, reaching out their cold, fleshless hands to grasp the terrified small girl who had called them into being."

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

"The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelated and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places."

Macbeth, William Shakespeare
"Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble."

"Something wicked this way comes."

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving

“When the spooks have a midnight jamboree/They break it up with fiendish glee/The ghosts are bad but the one that’s cursed/Is the headless horseman; he’s the worst/That’s right, he’s a fright on Halloween night! When he goes a joggin’ ‘cross the land/Holding his noggin in his hand/Demons take one look and groan/And they hit the road to parts unknown/Beware, take care he rides alone!”

Dracula, Brom Stoker
"...the world seems full of good men—even if there are monsters in it."

"The Raven,", Edgar Allen Poe
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before."


Haunting inspiration worth sharing . . .

  1. Life can be scary, even more than Halloween. Fear can make or break us. I wrote about How to face fear head-on.
  2. While Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival. Learn more at about the story of Halloween from ancient times to the present.
  3. Need some scary music? How about... The Monster Mash,  I Put a Spell on You, or a Halloween playlist to fright the night away.

Haunting words for 2020 . . .
"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones."
—Stephen King

Be and become #yourbest today and every day.

With gratitude,

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