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Halloween 2022: Day 3

Part 1: Song: “Bringing Mary Home” Quote: But 13 years ago today in a wreck just down the road Our darling Mary lost her life, and we still miss her so. So thank you for your trouble and the kindness you have shown; You’re the 13th one who’s been here bringing Mary home.
Listen to The Country Gentlemen’s performance…
Part 2: Song: “I’ve Come to Take You Home” (Note: This song is a direct response to the song I posted above, “Bringing Mary Home.”) Quote: Though his life is swiftly fading, a memory remains Of that chilly, ghostly evening while driving in the rain.
Listen to Seldom Scene’s performance…
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Halloween 2022: Day 2

Song: “Knoxville Boy” Quote: When the moon is high the Knoxville boy
Goes prowling out to kill.
We don’t know why so many die
To give that boy a thrill.
A handsome lad with a wealthy dad
And eyes of bluebird blue,
He’s killed before, he’ll kill some more,
And the next one could be you.

When the fog rolls into Knoxville
And the river’s on the rise,
Don’t go near the Knoxville boy
There’s murder in his eyes. Listen to Larry Stephenson’s performance…
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Halloween 2022: Day 1

October is here! This year for my Halloween countdown, with the invaluable assistance of my husband (and resident expert on all things Appalachian), I will be bringing you a spooky, Halloween-appropriate song with a twist of mountain flavor. I’ve chosen one version of each of these songs to share, but some have been recorded and reinterpreted many, many times. If you like “Boograss” (or Spooky Bluegrass), Southern Gothic tales, traditional murder ballads, ghost stories, and/or Halloween chills, I hope you will enjoy each day’s post! Song: “O Death” Quote: O Death, O Death in the morning, O Death, spare me over ‘til another year.
Listen to Rhiannon Giddens’ performance…
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Dark Academia I’m delighted to share the details of my Fall 2022 online Dark Academia class at Signum University! I’m also thrilled to add that 3 of the brilliant authors whose works we’ll be studying in the Dark Academia course will be holding live Q&A sessions with the class! I’m thrilled to add that 3 of the brilliant authors whose works we’ll be studying in the #DarkAcademia course will be holding live Q&A sessions with the class! Peadar Ó Guilín for THE CALL (‘16) Elisabeth Thomas for CATHERINE HOUSE ('20) R.F. Kuang for BABEL ('22).
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Watch Now: Race Massacre graves researchers need DNA, genealogies to tie burials to victims Utah Cold Case Coalition Intermountain Forensics is seeking DNA help from anyone who may have relatives from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Researchers think DNA is the best chance for the case known for now as “burial 27” to be the first conclusively identified victim of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. In a project update Wednesday with reporters, University of Oklahoma archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck expressed optimism the team’s efforts could possibly have “successfully located the first victim of the massacre” after a young Black man was exhumed with two bullets from a potter’s field corner of Oaklawn Cemetery.
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I’m delighted to talk Star Trek at an event by Licking County Library on Jan. 18, 2022 at 7pm Eastern. This event is live, online, and free to everyone. My presentation: “Empowered Minds: How Star Trek Changed the World and Why It Still Matters” Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Empowered Minds: How Star Trek Changed the World and Why It Still Matters. After registering, yo
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31 Days of Dark Academia: Halloween 2021

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! October 31: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (1818) Quote 1: My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine. Quote 2: But it is even so; the fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.


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31 Days of Dark Academia: Halloween 2021

October 30: The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky (2021)
Quote 1: And when you’re truly scared, there’s nowhere to hide - no private school, no popularity, no trust fund. It’s just you and your most base emotion. Fear is where the truth lies.
Quote 2: But there was something wrong with me. It clawed at my insides, desperate to get out.
Quote 3: If you want this to be over, just make sure she screams.
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31 Days of Dark Academia: Halloween 2021

October 29: Genesis by Bernard Beckett (2006)
Quote: In the end, living is defined by dying. Book-ended by oblivion, we are caught in the vice of terror, squeezed to bursting by the approaching end. Fear is ever-present, waiting to be called to the surface. 
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31 Days of Dark Academia: Halloween 2021

October 28: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (2003-2007) by Libba Bray
Quote from A Great and Terrible Beauty (2003): What frightens you? What makes the hair on your arms rise, your palms sweat, the breath catch in your chest like a wild thing caged? Is it the dark? A fleeting memory of a bedtime story, ghosts and goblins and witches hiding in the shadows? Is it the way the wind picks up just before a storm, the hint of wet in the air that makes you want to scurry home to the safety of your fire? Or is it something deeper, something much more frightening, a monster deep inside that you’ve glimpsed only in pieces, the vast unknown of your own soul where secrets gather with a terrible power, the dark inside?
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