Archive for the Word of the Week Category

Somnambulism at the Sinner’s Ball

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2015 by bluefall8

This edition of Hallowblog Flashback recalls a Word of the Week entry originally posted on Monday, October 26, 2009. The title of this entry was taken from some lines I had jotted down for a poem during the spring of 2007. The poem was never finished but I do remember that the lines were partly inspired by the song “The Bird and the Worm” by The Used. 

Alas, as it is the last Monday in October this will be the final entry in this year’s Halloween themed Word of the Week. In the true spirit of the season we shall not let this week pass quietly. On Devil’s Night the Haunt Trinity will end the haunt season with a triple shot of horror and then I’ll accompany Missy’s younger siblings for some prime trick or treating.

I’ve long been fascinated by sleep disorders, for a glimpse of a somnambulist check out The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, a very interesting silent thriller circa 1920. If you enjoy Tim Burton’s stylistic film making then you’ll appreciate the influence that this early film clearly had on him.

somnambulism [sam-nam-bye-li-zem]noun: an abnormal condition of sleep in which motor acts (as walking) are performed

Wicked Ways on Tunneled Paths

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , on January 27, 2015 by bluefall8

This Word of the Week entry blinked into existence on Monday, October 19, 2009.

The third installment of the Halloween themed WOTW has a lot of descriptions, enjoy.

wicked [wi-ked]adjective: morally bad: evil, sinful; fierce, vicious

Pallor of the Waning Light

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2015 by bluefall8

This Word of the Week entry was originally posted Monday, October 12, 2009. In it, I waxed philosophical on Bram Stoker’s Dracula and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

So many of our favorite ghouls, goblins, creeps, and freaks owe part of their terrible appeal to this week’s word. Where would Count Dracula be if he hadn’t featured a ghastly visage? I dare say Romero’s foul ghouls would have enjoyed but a fraction of their eventual fame had it not been for their iconic pallor.

pallor [pa-ler]noun: paleness

Insignia Shrouded Culture

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week on December 9, 2014 by bluefall8

This Word of the Week entry was originally posted on Monday, October 5, 2009.

This Halloween season we start with a word that can represent many things but for our purposes it signifies those iconic symbols of horror that make us shudder throughout the year.

insignia [in-sig-ne-e] – noun: a distinguishing mark especially of authority or honor.

Eerie Vibrations Cast the Frozen Features

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , on October 21, 2014 by bluefall8

This entry was originally posted Monday, October 27, 2008; the title was, as you may notice, the inspiration for the Horrorlust Eerie Vibrations Award. 

The last Halloween themed WOTW for 2008 has arrived and this one is a quality that many elements of the haunt season possess. It is a feeling, it is atmosphere, it is a being unto itself.

eerie [ir-e] – adjective: weird, uncanny.

Fortune Tolls

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , on October 9, 2014 by bluefall8

This edition of Hallowblog Flashback was originally posted Monday, October 20, 2008.

The third installment of the 2008 Halloween themed Word of the Week puts me in mind of carnival mystics, tortured protagonists, and the fine gray line between those that are cursed and those that are blessed.

fortune [for-chen] – noun: prosperity gained partly through luck; fate, destiny.

Mutation Spans Dungeons & Ages

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , on September 23, 2014 by bluefall8

This entry was posted Monday, October 13, 2008 and was the second installment in the 2008 Halloween themed Word of the Week series.

The second installment of the 2008 Halloween themed Word of the Week is here and it’s a dandy. This week’s word reminds us of so many freakish creatures that haunt our dreams and the waking world during this season. It is a concept rife with dread, the mutation of a cell that results in a zombie apocalypse or the stark change in a man whose experiments have run afoul and created a Jekyll and Hyde divide.

mutation [myu-ta-shen]noun: change, an inherited physical or biochemical change in genetic material; the process of producing a mutation, an individual strain, or trait resulting from mutation.